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Tolvanen, J., Kivelä, S.M., Doligez, B., Morinay, J., Gustafsson, L., Bijma, P., Pakanen, V.‐M. and Forsman, J.T. (2020), Quantitative genetics of the use of conspecific and heterospecific social cues for breeding site choice. Evolution, 74: 2332-2347. doi:10.1111/evo.14071

Quantitative genetics of the use of conspecific and heterospecific social cues for breeding site choice

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Author: Tolvanen, Jere1; Kivelä, Sami M.1,2; Doligez, Blandine3;
Organizations: 1Department of Ecology and Genetics, University of Oulu, Oulu, 90014 Finland
2Department of Zoology, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, Tartu, 51014 Estonia
3Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive, CNRS UMR 5558, Université de Lyon ‐ Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Villeurbanne, 69622 France
4Department of Ecology and Genetics/Animal Ecology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, SE‐75236 Sweden
5Animal Breeding and Genomics, Wageningen University, Wageningen, 6700AH The Netherlands
6Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, SE‐40530 Sweden
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-10-30


Social information use for decision‐making is common and affects ecological and evolutionary processes, including social aggregation, species coexistence, and cultural evolution. Despite increasing ecological knowledge on social information use, very little is known about its genetic basis and therefore its evolutionary potential. Genetic variation in a trait affecting an individual’s social and nonsocial environment may have important implications for population dynamics, interspecific interactions, and, for expression of other, environmentally plastic traits. We estimated repeatability, additive genetic variance, and heritability of the use of conspecific and heterospecific social cues (abundance and breeding success) for breeding site choice in a population of wild collared flycatchers Ficedula albicollis. Repeatability was found for two social cues: previous year conspecific breeding success and previous year heterospecific abundance. Yet, additive genetic variances for these two social cues, and thus heritabilities, were low. This suggests that most of the phenotypic variation in the use of social cues and resulting conspecific and heterospecific social environment experienced by individuals in this population stems from phenotypic plasticity. Given the important role of social information use on ecological and evolutionary processes, more studies on genetic versus environmental determinism of social information use are needed.

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Series: Evolution
ISSN: 0014-3820
ISSN-E: 1558-5646
ISSN-L: 0014-3820
Volume: 74
Issue: 10
Pages: 2332 - 2347
DOI: 10.1111/evo.14071
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Funding: This study was funded by the Estonian Research Council (PUT1474 to SMK), the CNRS (PICS grants 3054 with Sweden and 31520 with Finland to BD), the ANR (grant ANR‐06‐JCJC0082 to BD), by the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche (PhD grant to JM), Kone Foundation (to JTF and JT), Kvantum institute (to JT), and Academy of Finland (grants 122665 and 125720 to JTF, and 314833 to SMK). The long‐term monitoring of the collared flycatcher population has been funded by a succession of grants from the Swedish Research Council (to LG).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 122665
Detailed Information: 122665 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
125720 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
314833 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2020 The Authors. Evolution published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of The Society for the Study of Evolution. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.