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FIGURE 12.2 Correlation between change in fitness measured at 20°C and at 40°C after experimental evolution at 20°C. Although 20 of 24 points lie in the quadrant associated with an evolutionary trade-off (fitness gain at 20°C and loss at 40°C), the correlation between them is not significant (r = 0.006, n = 24, P > 0.50).

in another. Commonsensical notions of trade-off would also seem to make a similar prediction: the greater the magnitude of fitness gain at lower temperature, the greater the anticipated loss of fitness at high temperature. However, no such correlation was observed; trade-offs, when they occur, appear random with respect to the degree of adaptation to 20°C (Fig. 12.2). For example, line 42/20 + 2 had the highest fitness gain at 20°C, but it did not have even a statistically significant trade-off at high temperature. One factor contributing to the absence of any compelling quantitative relationship is the divergence in the direction of the correlated fitness response measured at 40°C, as discussed in the previous section. Another factor is that the genetic variation among the lines is much lower for the direct fitness response at 20°C than for the correlated response measured at 40°C, making it more difficult to detect the underlying quantitative relationship, if any.

Historical Contingency

The 24 lineages that evolved at 20°C for 2,000 generations had previously evolved in the same medium under one of four different thermal regimes: constant 32°C, 37°C, or 42°C or a daily alteration between 32°C and 42°C (Bennett et al., 1992). Hence, we could test whether this prior selective history influenced their subsequent evolution at 20°C. However,

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