Mites as models for experimental evolution studies
2010 - Volume: 50 Issue: 4 pages: 513-529
Experimental evolution is a powerful tool to study the genetic and phenotypic changes in populations across generations and their potential causes. Due to their characteristics, mites represent an excellent group in which this methodology can be used. In this article, we review the literature on experimental evolution performed with mites as models. The studies we found focus on the evolution of host-plant selection, pesticide resistance, behavioral traits and sex-related traits. Overall, responses to selection were very rapid, and correlated responses on other traits were mostly absent or positive. We discuss the possible characteristics that make mites good models for experimental evolution studies and suggest future directions in the field.
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