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Experimental EvolutionConcepts, Methods, and Applications of Selection Experiments$
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Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247666

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247666.001.0001

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Selection Experiments and Experimental Evolution of Performance and Physiology

Selection Experiments and Experimental Evolution of Performance and Physiology

(p.301) 12 Selection Experiments and Experimental Evolution of Performance and Physiology
Experimental Evolution

John G. Swallow

Jack P. Hayes

Pawel Koteja

Theodore Garland, Jr.

University of California Press

Selection experiments are a powerful tool for investigating the linkages between biochemical, morphological, and physiological traits that influence physiological performance, as well as for investigating how performance capacities may constrain or facilitate behavioral evolution. This chapter discusses selection experiments that have targeted organismal performance traits, with an emphasis on those involving locomotion or metabolism. These include wind-tunnel flight in Drosophila, endurance running in mice and rats, stress-induced analgesia in mice, and voluntary wheel running in mice.

Keywords:   selection experiments, physiological performance, behavioral evolution, performance traits, locomotion, metabolism, Drosophila

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