Data from: Maternal and nourishment factors interact to influence offspring developmental trajectories in social wasps
Jandt, Jennifer M., University of Otago
Suryanarayanan, Sainath, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hermanson, John C., United States Department of Agriculture
Jeanne, Robert L., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Toth, Amy L., Iowa State University
Published May 22, 2017 on Dryad.
Cite this dataset
Jandt, Jennifer M. et al. (2017). Data from: Maternal and nourishment factors interact to influence offspring developmental trajectories in social wasps [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.m82qm
The social and nutritional environments during early development have the potential to affect offspring traits, but the mechanisms and molecular underpinnings of these effects remain elusive. We used Polistes fuscatus paper wasps to dissect how maternally controlled factors (vibrational signals and nourishment) interact to induce different caste developmental trajectories in female offspring, leading to worker or reproductive (gyne) traits. We established a set of caste phenotype biomarkers in P. fuscatus females, finding that gyne-destined individuals had high expression of three caste-related genes hypothesized to have roles in diapause and mitochondrial metabolism. We then experimentally manipulated maternal vibrational signals (via artificial ‘antennal drumming’) and nourishment levels (via restricted foraging). We found that these caste-related biomarker genes were responsive to drumming, nourishment level or their interaction. Our results provide a striking example of the potent influence of maternal and nutritional effects in influencing transcriptional activity and developmental outcomes in offspring.
Jandt et al: Polistes drumming and foraging restriction results, Data Archive
Sheet 1: Individual wasp data (weight, lipid, gene expression); Sheet 2: Colony data (averaged individual data used in analyses); Sheet 3: Colony Growth Data