Fighting Fruit Flies: Aggressive Behaviour Influenced by Previous Interactions


Once a bully, always a bully?


Once a bully, always a bully?

It’s not that simple, according to a new University of Guelph study of aggression in fruit flies that underlines the often-unpredictable nature of behaviour from insects to humans.

The study is the first to show that effects of an earlier aggressive encounter carry over in time and across different social groups but not necessarily in expected ways, said Julia Kilgour, lead author and a PhD student in the Department of Integrative Biology.

The study was published recently in the journal Behavioral Ecology.


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