The ecological and evolutionary ramifications of evolutionary change during plant domestication on generalist herbivores
Results/Conclusions: We found that domestication does not consistently reduce plant resistance as predicted by theory highlighting the importance of studying multiple independent domestication events. In addition, using a subset of the species, we asked how domestication impacts current pest evolutionary dynamics. We found that aphids evolve 13.5% more slowly and maintained 10.4% higher genotypic diversity on crops than on wild relatives. Together these results suggest unexpected causal interactions between plant evolution and herbivore ecology and evolution.