Paraquat effects on mating success and courtship behavior in D. melanogaster
Krishna M S
In the agricultural setting, herbicide is widely used to manage weeds. However, in a variety of vertebrate species, it can have a deleterious impact on male reproductive performance. Its impacts on invertebrate reproductive performance, on the other hand, are less common. The effects of varying doses of paraquat on mating and courtship behaviors in Drosophila melanogaster were investigated in this study. In D. melanogaster, paraquat exposure had a substantial impact on mating success, mating latency, courting activity, and copulation duration. This study suggests that paraquat exposure affects mating and courtship activities in D. melanogaster. Paraquat exposure reduces mating success, takes longer for mating, shows less courtship activities, females showed greater rejection responses to mating males, and copulated shorter than crosses involving control male and female. These results thus indicate that paraquat has negative effects on mating success and courtship activities in D. melanogaster.