Inbreeding Affects on Beetle Clustering

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dc.contributor.author Key, Morgan
dc.contributor.author Marshall, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-06T16:24:49Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-06T16:24:49Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/40120
dc.description.abstract The Red Flour Beetle (Tribolium castaneum; Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) is a common pest in many grain mills (Baldwin and Fasulo 2010) and found wherever grains or other dried foods are stored (Schröder 2008). The Red Flour Beetle ”facilitates genetic analysis with ease of culture, a short life cycle, high fecundity and facility for genetic crosses, allowing efficient genetic screens (Schröder 2008).” This can allow for them to have a strong genetic code the longer that they are bred in the lab. So, for this experiment we will be trying to see what affect inbreeding has on the aggregation behavior in the Red Flour Beetle. The purpose of this experiment is to see how genetic background influences grouping behavior. Two different strains of Tribolium castaneum were used in this experiment. The one strain used was the Hudson Red Flour Beetle which originates from Hudson, Kansas. They have been bred in the lab for 10 years. The other beetle that was used is the NDG Red Flour Beetle, which originates from Manitoba, Canada and has been in the lab 30 years. After completing this experiment, our findings are that the Hudson are considerably more light sensitive than the Hudson and as soon as light hit them they become very active. There was a noticeably higher percentage of NDG beetles that would cluster together and when they clustered they only clustered with their own strain. This leads us to believe that the NDG beetles have stronger aggregation behavior due to the significant amount of time they have been in lab breeding, compared to the Hudson beetle. The inbreeding that occurred might of allowed for the beetles to develop a more similar genetic code that allows them to group together more easily.
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dc.subject Fall 2018
dc.title Inbreeding Affects on Beetle Clustering
dc.type Text
dc.date.published 2018
dc.citation.ctitle 3rd Entomology Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University, Department of Entomology.
dc.description.conference 3rd Entomology Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University, Department of Entomology.


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