Genetic Variation Without Sex: Frequency-Dependent Selection And The Maintenance Of Variation In Asexual Organisms

Grant number: DP0988711 | Funding period: 2009 - 2015

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Abstract

The proposed research will gain insight into one of the most fundamental yet puzzling questions in evolutionary biology and determine the generality of frequency-dependent selection as a mechanism for maintaining variation in asexual organisms. The results will have broad appeal, both internationally and nationally, and will also provide insight into why most species reproduce sexually. The results will also help in the development of two asexual species as environmental indicators by linking clones with specific environmental changes. These indicator clones could then be adopted by natural resource managers to monitor environmental pollution and contamination.

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