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|Title:||Social Learning About Egg-Laying Sites in Drosophila Melanogaster|
|Keywords:||social, learning, fruit fly, egg, laying, food, mated,|
|Abstract:||<p> Social learning, defined as learning from other individuals has been well studied in vertebrates and social insect species. I used fruit fly egg laying site selecting as a paradigm to test for social learning in a non-social insect. Focal females that experienced novel food together with mated females (models), who had laid eggs on that food, subsequently exhibited a stronger preference for laying eggs on that food over another novel food than focal females that experienced the same food alone. This socially influenced learning was also observed when focal females experienced both foods, one with mated models and their eggs and one alone. In contrast to the strong effect of a food with mated models and their eggs, neither a food with virgin models nor the aggregation pheromone (cVA) alone generated socially influenced learning. These results provide the first evidence for social learning about egg laying substrate in fruit flies. Further research utilizing fruit flies as a model system may help us gain a better understanding of the evolution and neurogenetics of social learning.</p>|
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