Publication Abstract

Authors: Berrigan D

Title: Correlations between measures of thermal stress resistance within and between species

Journal: 89(2):301-4

Date: 2000

Abstract: Resistance to an environmental stress such as elevated temperature can almost always be measured in several different ways. A number of recent studies in Drosophila show that lethal and non-lethal measures of resistance to heat stress are genetically independent. In contrast, data reported here suggest that there are interspecific correlations between measures of thermal stress resistance. Together, these results show that studies of intraspecific variation in stress resistance must demonstrate the ecological relevance of the measures of stress resistance chosen for study. In contrast, interspecific comparisons could be based on any of several measures of resistance. It would be interesting to determine if this pattern holds for resistance to other major environmental stresses