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Posted on August 13, 2009 by Ginna Anderson in Headlines

Andrew Forbes, (PhD Biology, 2008) a former graduate student under Prof. Jeff Feder, recently published a paper in Science, one of the most respected scientific journals in the world. Now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Davis, Andrew was first author of the publication based on his dissertation research in sympatric speciation. In the Science article, Forbes and co-authors demonstrate that the introduction of apples to America almost 400 years ago may have ultimately changed the behavior of a fruit fly, leading to its modification and the subsequent modification of a parasitic wasp that feeds on it. The result is a chain reaction of biodiversity where the modification of one species triggers the sequential modification of a second, dependent species.
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