The stability of the G-matrix: The role of spatial heterogeneity
2015 (English)In: Evolution, ISSN 0014-3820, E-ISSN 1558-5646, Vol. 69, no 7, 1953-1958 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The temporal stability of the genetic variance-covariance matrix (G) has been discussed for a long time in the evolutionary literature. A common assumption in all studies, including empirical ones, is that spatial heterogeneity is minor such that the population can be represented by a single mean and variance. We use the well-established allocation-acquisition model to analyze the effect of relaxing of this assumption, simulating a case where the population is divided into patches with a variance in quality between patches. This variance can in turn differ between years. We found that changes in spatial variance in patch quality over years can make the G-matrix vary substantially over years and that the estimated genetic correlations, evolvability, and response to selection are different dependent on whether spatial heterogeneity is taken into account or not. This will have profound implications for our ability to predict evolutionary change and understanding of the evolutionary process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 69, no 7, 1953-1958 p.
Acquisition, allocation, G-matrix, spatial heterogeneity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260867DOI: 10.1111/evo.12703ISI: 000358503800022PubMedID: 26080613OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260867DiVA: diva2:848760
FunderSwedish Research Council