The effects of deleterious mutations in cyclically parthenogenetic organisms

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Cyclically parthenogenetic organisms experience benefits of both sexual and asexual reproductive modes in a constant environment. Sexual reproduction generates new genotypes and may facilitate the purging of deleterious mutations whereas asexuality has a two-fold advantage and enables maintenance of well-fitted genotypes. Asexual reproduction can have a drawback as increased linkage may lead to the accumulation of deleterious mutations. This study presents the results of Monte Carlo simulations of small and infinite diploid populations, with deleterious mutations occurring at multiple loci. The recombination rate and the length of the asexual period, interrupted by sexual reproduction, are allowed to vary. Here I show that the fitness of cyclical parthenogenetic population is dependent on the length of the asexual period. Increased length of the asexual period can lead both to increased segregational load following sexual reproduction and to a stronger effect of deleterious mutations on variation at a linked neutral marker, either by reducing or increasing the variation.

Upprunalegt tungumálEnska
Síður (frá-til)201-214
FræðitímaritJournal of Theoretical Biology
Númer tölublaðs2
ÚtgáfustaðaÚtgefið - 21 jan. 2001


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