Flour beetles

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Ravi Kumar V, Agavekar G and Agashe D (2023). Fitness landscapes reveal context-dependent benefits of oviposition behavior. Evolution 77(2):550–561 Open Access


Prakash A, Agashe D and Khan I (2022). The costs and benefits of basal infection resistance vs immune priming responses in an insect. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 126:104261 Online access | Preprint


Agarwal A and Agashe D (2020). The red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum: A model for host-microbiome interactions. PLoS One 15(10): e0239051 Open Access


Khan I, Prakash A and Agashe D (2019). Pathogen susceptibility and fitness costs explain variation in immune priming across natural populations of flour beetles. Journal of Animal Ecology 88(9): 1332-1342 Online access | Preprint


Ravi Kumar V, Issar S and Agashe D (2018). The induction of larval resource preference in heterogeneous habitats. Ecological Entomology 43, 719–730 Preprint | Online access

Khan I, Prakash A, Issar S, Umarani M, Sasidharan R, Masagalli JN, Lama P, Venkatesan R and Agashe D (2018). Female chemical warfare drives fitness effects of group sex ratio. American Naturalist 191(3):306–317  Preprint | Journal access

Agarwal A and Agashe D (2018). Restoring ancestral microbiome aids beetle adaptation to new diets. Preprint


Khan I, Prakash A, and Agashe D (2017). Experimental evolution of insect immune memory vs. pathogen resistance. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B  Published online Dec 2017 | News coverage | NCBS News article

Khan I, Agashe D and Rolff J (2017). Early life inflammation, immune response and aging. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 284:


Khan I, Prakash A and Agashe D (2016). Divergent immune priming responses across life stages and populations of flour beetles. Ecology and Evolution 6: 7847–7855 Open access

Khan I, Prakash A and Agashe D (2016). Immunosenescence and the ability to survive bacterial infection in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 291-301. PDF | SI


Parent CE, Agashe D and Bolnick DI (2014). Intraspecific competition reduces niche width in experimental populations. Ecology and Evolution 4(20): 3878-3990 Open access


Falk JJ, Parent CE, Agashe D and Bolnick DI (2012). Drift and selection entwined: Asymmetric reproductive isolation in an experimental niche shift. Evolutionary Ecology Research 14: 403-423 PDF

Agashe D and Bolnick DI (2012). Dietary niche and population dynamic feedbacks in a novel habitat. Oikos 121(3): 347-356 PDF

Agashe D, Falk JJ and Bolnick DI (2011). Effects of founding genetic variation on adaptation to a novel resource. Evolution 65(9): 2481-2491 PDF | SI

Agashe D and Bolnick DI (2010). Intraspecific genetic variation and competition interact to facilitate niche expansion. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, series B 277(1696): 2915-2924 PDF | SI

Agashe D (2009). The stabilizing effect of intraspecific genetic variation on population dynamics in novel and ancestral habitats. American Naturalist 174(2): 255-267 PDF | SI | Recommended by Faculty of 1000 | American Society of Naturalists’ Student Paper Award

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