The tethered flight technique as a tool for studying life‐history strategies associated with migration in insects

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Minter, M., Pearson, A. J., Lim, K. S., Wilson, K., Chapman, J. W. and Jones, C. M. 2018. The tethered flight technique as a tool for studying life‐history strategies associated with migration in insects. Ecological Entomology. 43 (4).

AuthorsMinter, M., Pearson, A. J., Lim, K. S., Wilson, K., Chapman, J. W. and Jones, C. M.
Abstract

1. Every year billions of insects engage in long‐distance, seasonal mass migrations which have major consequences for agriculture, ecosystem services and insect‐vectored diseases. Tracking this movement in the field is difficult, with mass migrations often occurring at high altitudes and over large spatial scales. 2. As such, tethered flight provides a valuable tool for studying the flight behaviour of insects, giving insights into flight propensity (e.g. distance, duration and velocity) and orientation under controlled laboratory settings. By experimentally manipulating a variety of environmental and physiological traits, numerous studies have used this technology to study the flight behaviour of migratory insects ranging in size from aphids to butterflies. Advances in functional genomics promise to extend this to the identification of genetic factors associated with flight. Tethered flight techniques have been used to study migratory flight characteristics in insects for more than 50 years, but have never been reviewed. 3. This study summarises the key findings of this technology, which has been employed in studies of species from six Orders. By providing detailed descriptions of the tethered flight systems, the present study also aims to further the understanding of how tethered flight studies support field observations, the situations under which the technology is useful and how it might be used in future studies. 4. The aim is to contextualise the available tethered flight studies within the broader knowledge of insect migration and to describe the significant contribution these systems have made to the literature.

Keywords
Year of Publication2018
JournalEcological Entomology
Journal citation43 (4)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/een.12521
PubMed ID30046219
PubMed Central IDPMC6055614
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Funder project or codeAgri-Tech in China Network+
Understanding the genetic mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity in insect migration
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
China Centre for Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture (CSIA) UK
Publisher's versionMinter_et_al-2018-Ecological_Entomology.pdf
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online14 Apr 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted26 Feb 2018
Copyright licenseCC BY
PublisherWiley
Grant IDBB/N012011/1
BBS/OS/NW/000004
ST/N003527/1
ISSN0307-6946

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