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Does cold tolerance plasticity correlate with the thermal environment and metabolic profiles of a parasitoid wasp ?

Abstract : Tolerance of ectotherm species to cold stress is highly plastic according to thermal conditions experienced prior to cold stress. In this study, we investigated how cold tolerance varies with developmental temperature (at 17, 25 and 30 °C) and whether developmental temperature induces different metabolic profiles. Experiments were conducted on the two populations of the parasitoid wasp, Venturia canescens, undergoing contrasting thermal re- gimes in their respective preferential habitat (thermally variable vs. buffered). We predicted the following: i) de- velopment at low temperatures improves the cold tolerance of parasitoid wasps, ii) the shape of the cold tolerance reaction norm differs between the two populations, and iii) these phenotypic variations are correlated with their metabolic profiles. Our results showed that habitat origin and developmental acclimation interact to determine cold tolerance and metabolic profiles of the parasitoid wasps. Cold tolerance was promoted when developmental temperatures declined and population originating from variable habitat presented a higher cold tolerance. Cold tolerance increases through the accumulation of metabolites with an assumed cryoprotective function and the de- pression of metabolites involved in energy metabolism. Our data provide an original example of how intraspecific cold acclimation variations correlate with metabolic response to developmental temperature.
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Vincent Foray, Emmanuel Desouhant, Yann Voituron, Vanessa Larvor, David Renault, et al.. Does cold tolerance plasticity correlate with the thermal environment and metabolic profiles of a parasitoid wasp ?. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Elsevier, 2013, 164, pp.77-83. ⟨10.1016/j.cbpa.2012.10.018⟩. ⟨halsde-00766585⟩

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