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1 December 2013 Differential Performance of Sitobion avenae Populations from Both Sides of the Qinling Mountains Under Common Garden Conditions
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Sitobion avenae (F. ) is a cosmopolitan cereal pest, but geographic barriers like the Qinling Mountains in the Shaanxi Province of China may lead to isolation among its populations, thus causing allopatric speciation. We sampled S. avenae populations from areas north (mean annual temperature, ≈9°C) and south (mean annual temperature, ≈14°C) of the Qinling Mountains, and tested them at 20°C in common garden experiments. The results showed that northern populations had reduced developmental time for first-instar nymphs but prolonged for third- and fourth-instar nymphs compared with southern populations. The postreproductive time and total lifespan of adults from southern populations were longer than those from northern populations, but no significant differences were found in reproductive time or age at first reproduction. Southern populations showed higher lifetime and daily fecundities than northern ones. Significant differences were found in correlation of life-history traits between northern and southern populations. Principal component analyses (PCAs) of S. avenae's vital life-history traits showed separation of populations from three southern locations, indicating their local adaptation. The clustering patterns generated by PCA also showed divergence between northern and southern populations. Alatae of S. avenae seemed to be able to disperse across the Qinling Mountains, which was indicated by the clustering together of some individuals from one side of the mountains with those from the other side. The impacts of the Qinling Mountains on the divergence and gene flow among S. avenae populations, as well as the potential of allopatric speciation for this species, are discussed.

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Xianliang Huang, Deguang Liu, Suxia Gao, and Hui Chen "Differential Performance of Sitobion avenae Populations from Both Sides of the Qinling Mountains Under Common Garden Conditions," Environmental Entomology 42(6), 1174-1183, (1 December 2013).
Received: 7 May 2013; Accepted: 12 August 2013; Published: 1 December 2013

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