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The Evolutionary Interplay between Adaptation and Self-Fertilization


Genome-wide surveys of nucleotide polymorphisms, obtained from next-generation sequencing, have uncovered numerous examples of adaptation in self-fertilizing organisms, especially regarding changes to climate, geography, and reproductive systems. Yet existing models for inferring attributes of adaptive mutations often assume idealized outcrossing populations, which risks mischaracterizing properties of these variants. Recent theoretical work is emphasizing how various aspects of self-fertilization affects adaptation, yet empirical data on these properties are lacking. We review theoretical and empirical studies demonstrating how self-fertilization alters the process of adaptation, illustrated using examples from current sequencing projects. We propose ideas for how future research can more accurately quantify aspects of adaptation in self-fertilizers, including incorporating the effects of standing variation, demographic history, and polygenic adaptation.

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hal-03081350 , version 1 (18-12-2020)



Matthew Hartfield, Thomas Bataillon, Sylvain Glémin. The Evolutionary Interplay between Adaptation and Self-Fertilization. Trends in Genetics, 2017, 33 (6), pp.420-431. ⟨10.1016/j.tig.2017.04.002⟩. ⟨hal-03081350⟩
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