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Population genetic models can be used to study the evolution of the interacting behaviours of parents and their progeny

Curnow, R. N. and Ayres, K. L. (2007) Population genetic models can be used to study the evolution of the interacting behaviours of parents and their progeny. Theoretical Population Biology, 72 (1). pp. 67-76. ISSN 0040-5809

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.tpb.2006.12.002

Abstract/Summary

An example of the evolution of the interacting behaviours of parents and progeny is studied using iterative equations linking the frequencies of the gametes produced by the progeny to the frequencies of the gametes in the parental generation. This population genetics approach shows that a model in which both behaviours are determined by a single locus can lead to a stable equilibrium in which the two behaviours continue to segregate. A model in which the behaviours are determined by genes at two separate loci leads eventually to fixation of the alleles at both loci but this can take many generations of selection. Models of the type described in this paper will be needed to understand the evolution of complex behaviour when genomic or experimental information is available about the genetic determinants of behaviour and the selective values of different genomes. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics > Applied Statistics
ID Code:9969
Uncontrolled Keywords:maternal behaviour, progeny competition, polymorphisms, one and two, locus models

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