Preference for ethanol in Drosophila melanogaster associated with the alcohol dehydrogenase polymorphism

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Abstract

Two alcohol dehydrogenase genotypes (AdhF/AdhF and AdhS/AdhS) exhibit different behavioral responses when presented with a choice between ethanol and nonethanol environments at the larval stage but not at the adult stage. The larval preferences are correlated with alcohol dehydrogenase activity, which also differs between genotypes. Since ethanol is important in the ecology of this species, the preference may be related to microhabitat selection in nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalBehavior Genetics
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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