Lemaitre, Jean-Francois; Gaillard, Jean-Michel; Ramm, StevenUniBi
Abstract / Bemerkung
Ageing and sexual selection are intimately linked. There is by now compelling evidence from studies performed across diverse organisms that males allocating resources to mating competition incur substantial physiological costs, ultimately increasing ageing. However, although insightful, we argue here that to date these studies cover only part of the relationship linking sexual selection and ageing. Crucially, allocation to traits important in post-copulatory sexual selection, that is sperm competition, has been largely ignored. As we demonstrate, such allocation could potentially explain much diversity in male and female ageing patterns observed both within and among species. We first review how allocation to sperm competition traits such as sperm and seminal fluid production depends on the quality of resources available to males and can be associated with a wide range of deleterious effects affecting both somatic tissues and the germline, and thus modulate ageing in both survival and reproductive terms. We further hypothesise that common biological features such as plasticity, prudent sperm allocation and seasonality of ejaculate traits might have evolved as counter-adaptations to limit the ageing costs of sperm competition. Finally, we discuss the implications of these emerging ageing costs of sperm competition for current research on the evolutionary ecology of ageing. © 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Lemaitre J-F, Gaillard J-M, Ramm S. The hidden ageing costs of sperm competition. Ecology letters. 2020.
Lemaitre, J. - F., Gaillard, J. - M., & Ramm, S. (2020). The hidden ageing costs of sperm competition. Ecology letters. doi:10.1111/ele.13593
Lemaitre, J. - F., Gaillard, J. - M., and Ramm, S. (2020). The hidden ageing costs of sperm competition. Ecology letters.
Lemaitre, J.-F., Gaillard, J.-M., & Ramm, S., 2020. The hidden ageing costs of sperm competition. Ecology letters.
J.-F. Lemaitre, J.-M. Gaillard, and S. Ramm, “The hidden ageing costs of sperm competition”, Ecology letters, 2020.
Lemaitre, J.-F., Gaillard, J.-M., Ramm, S.: The hidden ageing costs of sperm competition. Ecology letters. (2020).
Lemaitre, Jean-Francois, Gaillard, Jean-Michel, and Ramm, Steven. “The hidden ageing costs of sperm competition”. Ecology letters (2020).