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Twinning and detwinning behavior, together with slip behavior, are studied in a textured AZ31 magnesium alloy under compressive and tensile strains along the rolling direction (RD) after each interrupted mechanical test via quasi in-situ electron backscattered diffraction technique. The results show that twinning firstly takes place under the compressive strain along the RD. With the increasing compressive strain, {1012} tensile twins firstly nucleate, then propagate, and finally thicken. While under a reversed tensile strain along the RD, detwinning occurs. No nucleation happens during detwinning. Thus, tensile twins can detwin at lower tensile strain, followed by thinning, shortening, and vanishing. Slips are also activated to accommodate the plastic deformation. In the matrix, prismatic slip can only dominate at relatively high strains. Otherwise, basal slip dominates. While in the twins, prismatic slip can activate at lower strains, which is ascribed to the texture reorientation.