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Evidence from the domestication of apple for the maintenance of autumn colours by coevolution.

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The adaptive value of autumn colours is still a puzzle for evolutionary biology. It has been suggested that autumn colours are a warning signal to insects that use the trees as a host. I show that aphids (Dysaphis plantaginea) avoid apple trees (Malus pumila) with red leaves in autumn and that their fitness in spring is lower on these trees, which suggests that red leaves are an honest signal of the quality of the tree as a host. Autumn colours are common in wild populations but not among cul...

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10.1098/rspb.2009.0355

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Author
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
276
Issue:
1667
Pages:
2575-2580
Publication date:
2009-07-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:f92f3952-9d5d-499a-8bc9-7a077496fb96
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209442
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pubs:209442

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