|Intervention||Prevention of mating (by removal of females)|
|Aging Phenotype||Life-span extension|
|Description||Mortality of adult male flies increased strikingly in the presence of females (Finch, 1990; Partridge and Andrews, 1981). This increase was offset when female flies were separated from males at day 16 of the study (Finch, 1990; Partridge and Andrews, 1985).|
|Other Phenotypes||Researchers concluded that reproductive activity caused a major increase in mortality rate unrelated to senescence, although no analysis was done to evaluate whether mortality rates were accelerated by mating (Finch, 1990).|
|Primary Reference||Partridge, L., and Andrews, R. (1985). The effect of reproductive activity on the longevity of male Drosophila melanogaster is not caused by an acceleration of senescence. J. Insect Physio. 32, 925-929.|
Partridge, L., and Andrews, R. (1981). Sexual activity reduces lifespan of male fruitflies. Nature 294, 580-582.
|Other References||Finch, C. (1990). Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).|
|Keywords||Drosophila, fly, D. melanogaster, fruitfly, reproduction, sterility|