Data from: Adaptive evolution of a generalist parasitoid: implications for the effectiveness of biological control agents

Francisca A. Zepeda-Paulo, Sebastián A. Ortiz-Martínez, Christian C. Figueroa & Blas Lavandero
The use of alternative hosts imposes divergent selection pressures on parasitoid populations. In response to selective pressures, these populations may follow different evolutionary trajectories. Divergent natural selection could promote local host adaptation in populations, translating into direct benefits for biological control thereby increasing their effectiveness on the target host. Alternatively, adaptive phenotypic plasticity could be favored over local adaptation in temporal and spatially heterogeneous environments. We investigated the existence of local host adaptation in Aphidius...

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