Data from: An experimental evolution study confirms that discontinuous gas exchange does not contribute to body water conservation in locusts

Stav Talal, Amir Ayali & Eran Gefen
The adaptive nature of discontinuous gas exchange (DGE) in insects is contentious. The classic “hygric hypothesis”, which posits that DGE serves to reduce respiratory water loss (RWL), is still the best supported. We thus focused on the hygric hypothesis in this first ever experimental evolution study of any of the competing adaptive hypotheses. We compared populations of the migratory locust (Locusta migratoria) that underwent ten consecutive generations of selection for desiccation-resistance with control populations. Selected...
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