Reinforcement of genetic coherence in a two-locus model
- Hans-Rolf Gregorius^{1}Email author and
- Wilfried Steiner^{1}
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-1-2
© Gregorius and Steiner; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2001
Received: 22 May 2001
Accepted: 7 August 2001
Published: 7 August 2001
Abstract
Background
In order to maintain populations as units of reproduction and thus enable anagenetic evolution, genetic factors must exist which prevent continuing reproductive separation or enhance reproductive contact. This evolutionary principle is called genetic coherence and it marks the often ignored counterpart of cladistic evolution. Possibilities of the evolution of genetic coherence are studied with the help of a two-locus model with two alleles at each locus. The locus at which viability selection takes place is also the one that controls the fusion of gametes. The second locus acts on the first by modifying the control of the fusion probabilities. It thus acts as a mating modifier whereas the first locus plays the role of the object of selection and mating. Genetic coherence is enhanced by modifications which confer higher probabilities of fusion to heterotypic gametic combinations (resulting in heterozygous zygotes) at the object locus.
Results
It is shown that mutants at the mating modifier locus, which increase heterotypic fusions but do not lower the homotpyic fusions relative to the resident allele at the object locus, generally replace the resident allele. Since heterozygote advantage at the object locus is a necessary condition for this result to hold true, reinforcement of genetic coherence can be claimed for this case. If the homotypic fusions are lowered, complex situations may arise which may favor or disfavor the mutant depending on initial frequencies and recombination rates. To allow for a generalized analysis including alternative models of genetic coherence as well as the estimation of its degrees in real populations, an operational concept for the measurement of this degree is developed. The resulting index is applied to the interpretation of data from crossing experiments in Alnus species designed to detect incompatibility relations.
Introduction
Anagenetic (phyletic) and cladogenetic evolution can be basically distinguished by the fact that during the former genetic variation is transformed within a single population without losing the reproductive contact between the genetic variants, while in the latter genetic variation is distributed to reproductively separated populations. In other words, phyletic evolution has the capacity to maintain or strengthen "genetic coherence" among the genetic variants. This coherence is lost as a consequence of reproductive separation during cladistic processes. The necessity to consider these complementary processes as of equal significance in evolutionary reasoning was recognized, for example, by [1] and becomes already evident in the running title "Can speciation be prevented?" of this paper. Contrary to common concepts, the title suggests the existence of persistently acting forces of genetic disjunction that have to be counteracted in order to maintain genetically variable reproductive communities.
In its probably most obvious form the separation-coherence dualism becomes relevant in hybrid zones, where genetic separation between the hybridizing populations is apparent for some traits but not for others. Hybrid zones may therefore be considered as a more or less stable balance between speciation and coherence. A concise review of the mechanisms that could be responsible for this situation is provided e.g. by [2]. As far as mating relations are considered as potential mechanisms they are confined to reinforcement of prezygotic isolation through hybrid disadvantage. The problems with experimental verification of reinforcement as well as with its consistent modeling are pointed out in a recent review by [3]. In view of these complications it might not be surprising that, according to these reviews, possibilities of reinforcing the internal reproductive coherence as mechanisms which enable populations to maintain their genetic integrity do not seem to have attracted any attention.
Yet, as the present authors demonstrated in a series of papers [4–7], the apparent evolutionary complementarity of reproductive separation and coherence in fact has fundamental genetic substance and can even be derived from Wallace's early theory of speciation based on the evolutionary reinforcement of reproductive isolation in cases of hybrid disadvantage [8], p.l75ff, called the Wallace effect in [9]. Replacing "hybrid" by "heterozygote", inversion of Wallace's idea allows to reformulate Felsenstein's running title as "does heterozygote advantage reinforce genetic coherence?" Herewith, reinforcement of genetic coherence is to be understood as the replacement of extant genetic types by mutants that increase mating preferences among different genetic types (increase heterotypic mating preferences; for the concept of mating preferences see [10]).
For a single-locus, three-allele model involving pleiotropic effects on survival and mating traits, the present authors demonstrated that Wallace's extended concept of the reinforcement of mating preferences holds true. Thus, for pleiotropic gene action on viability and mating preferences, heterozygote disadvantage reinforces the evolution of homotypic mating preferences (avoidance of heterotypic matings), and heterozygote advantage reinforces heterotypic mating preferences.
When viewed in the framework of genetic load it turns out that Wallace's theory can actually be extended to imply that reinforcement of the respective mating preferences simply reduces the genetic load without sacrificing adaptively relevant genetic variation by reducing the formation of unfit genotypes. In this way, adaptability is maintained at lower costs for adaptedness and population integrity and persistence are thus enhanced. Yet, this is so far confirmed only for pleiotropic gene action [7]. For non-pleiotropic gene action, which requires at least two gene loci, confirmation of this principle is limited to speciation [6]. Its counterpart, genetic coherence, still awaits modeling and analysis. The present paper is devoted to this topic. The model design will follow the two-locus principle argued by [4], where one locus modifies the mating relations realized at a second locus, and where this second locus is also subject to selection.
Since the above concept of genetic coherence embraces a continuum of mating (and gene flow) relations which extend from complete avoidance of heterotypic matings (completion of speciation) to exclusively heterotypic mating (complete reproductive coherence), the present paper will also be concerned with the development of an index which quantifies the different degrees of reproductive coherence. This index is intended to aid in recognizing evidence for genetic coherence in population genetic data. Its range of application will be demonstrated for an analysis of data from crossing experiments in Alnus species which were designed to detect incompatibility relations.
The Model
Description of the model
Notation General remarks
A | modifying locus with two alleles A_{1} and A_{2} |
B | object locus with two alleles B_{1} and B_{2} |
| two-locus gamete (A_{ i }B_{ k }) with allele i at the A- and allele k at the |
B-locus | |
| zygote or any other diploid genotype originating from fusion of ga- |
metes (A_{ i }B_{ k }) and (A_{ j }B_{ l }). Note that because of unordered geno- | |
types but because of linkage | |
a_{ i }, b_{ k } | relative frequencies of alleles A_{ i }, B_{ k } among adults |
| relative frequency of gamete in the gametic production |
| relative frequency of genotype among adults |
a_{ ij }, b_{ kl } | relative frequency of genotype A_{ i }A_{ j } and B_{ k }B_{ l }, respectively, among |
adults | |
r | recombination frequency (0 ≤ r ≤ ½) |
| probability of fusion when the gametes and encounter. |
f-values are assumed to differ in only three ways: | |
f_{2} := probability of fusion in the presence of allele A_{2} in at least | |
one of the two encountering gametes, for all i, k, l; | |
:= probability of fusion when A_{1}-carriers with equal B-alleles | |
encounter (homotypic mating), ; | |
:= fusion probability among A_{1}-carriers with different B- | |
alleles (heterotypic mating), ; | |
^{ v } kl | viabilities at the B-locus |
| combined selection value of fusion probability and viability selection, |
defined as |
Mating modification via gamete fusion
As detailed in Table 1, the probability that a pair of gameteS and fuses to a zygote after an encounter is described by the probability . In the case that a pair of gametes does not fuse after an encounter, both gametes are assumed to be incapable of further reproductive activity. This establishes a mating system described for plants as "selective fertilization with pollen- and ovule-elimination" (see e.g. [11–13]). Such mating systems affect both the combination of gametes into zygotes and the mating success. Differential mating success is implied by fact that, even though all gametes of one sex may have the same chance to encounter a gamete of the other sex, they are differentially successful since they fail to fuse when encountering an "incompatible" gamete. The mating success of an individual thus depends on the frequencies of gametic types produced in the population which are "compatible" with the gametic types produced by this individual.
Since, basically, genetic coherence refers to mating relations among different in comparison to like genetic types, and since these relations are defined for the object locus B, fusion probabilities must reflect this fact. In particular, if the probabilities of fusion among gametes are the same for all allelic combinations at the B-locus, random fusion can be stated for this locus. This is in fact the situation of the absence of any genetic coherence, and it will be assumed to be realized for the wild type allele A_{2} at the mating modifier locus. Since recessivity is generally believed to be the most likely tpye of gene action for newly arising mutants, dominance of the wild type over the mutant A_{1} will be assumed in the effect on gamete fusion. Thus the probabilities of fusion are the same for all allelic combinations at the B-locus if at least one of the two encountering gametes carries A_{2}. This probability will be denoted by f_{2}, and it is characterized by for all, k, l.
In a homotypic encounter for the mutant mating modifier allele A_{1} it is assumed that the probability of fusion of the gametes is the same for the two homotypic associations at the object locus B, i.e. . This is a reasonable assumption in view of the fact that changes in genetic coherence show primarily in alterations of the fusion probabilities for heterotypic combinations at the object locus. These probabilities will be distinguished by the notation . Figure 1 may again serve as an illustration of these details.
Transition equations
Gamete formation
Zygote formation
The assumption of random encounter of gametes of different sex yields pairs of (yet non-fused) gametes in the following relative frequencies (with i ≠ j, k ≠ l):
The fusion probabilities decide about final zygote formation so that the new generation starts with zygotic frequencies
Viability selection
The zygotic genotypic frequencies resulting from random encounter of gametes and subsequent formation of zygotes according to the probabilities of fusion is now subjected to viability selection at the B-locus so that the genotypic frequencies among the adults of the new generation become:
The following anaylses are organized along steps of increasing complexity of interaction between the two loci, starting with consistent effects of each locus and ending with numerical analyses of complex effects suggested by the preceding analytical results.
Analysis of the dynamics – analytical characterizations
The focus is on the conditions under which the allele A_{1} may become established and eventually fixed in the population. Since this allele is considered to increase the probability of fusion for gametes which carry different alleles at the B-locus (the object locus), its dynamics decides on the evolution of increased genetic coherence at the B-locus.
It is in fact possible to greatly simplify the analysis by considering that equations (4), when combined with equation (1), result in a representation of the transition equations which is mathematically equivalent to the classical two-locus model of viability selection and random mating (random fusion of gametes). In this representation, each encounter leads to fusion of the gametes. The resulting zygote has a probability of survival which is identical to the probability of fusion of its constituent gametes. This first viability selection phase affects both loci A and B jointly. A second phase is characterized by viability selection restricted to the B-locus, so that overall one obtains two-locus genotypic viabilities of the form . The s- values will be termed "combined selection value" in the following. This allows us to apply results known from analyses of the classical model.
Combined selection values
| A _{1} A _{1} | A _{1} A _{2} | A _{2} A _{2} |
---|---|---|---|
B _{1} B _{1} |
| f _{2} v _{11} | f _{2} v _{11} |
B _{1} B _{2} |
| f _{2} v _{12} | f _{2} v _{12} |
B _{2} B _{2} | 31 | f _{2} v _{22} | f _{2} v _{22} |
Looking at the rows one notes that allele A_{1} would become fixed if min f2 and if not both f_{1}-values are equal to f_{2} The special case is included in this condition, and it is of direct relevance to the evolution of coherence, since it states that the mutant A_{1} increases the fusion probabilities only among gametes differing at the B-locus. When realized together with v_{12} ≥ max{v_{11}, v_{22}}, this implies that the B-locus polymorphism is protected and, by fixation of A_{1}, increased genetic coherence becomes established. The expectation that overdominance reinforces genetic coherence is so far confirmed.
If one aims at more general results it must be taken into account, that increased coherence cannot evolve via substitution of A_{2} by A_{1} unless the B-locus polymorphism is maintained for fixation of A_{1}, i.e. unless , which is equivalent to . In principle, this necessary condition includes situations other than overdominance at the B-locus . Such situations, however, allow only for transient B-locus polymorphisms prior to the advent of the A_{1} mutant. Depending on the allele frequencies at the B-locus, it is conceivable that the A_{1} mutant replaces the wild type and by this may stabilize the B-locus polymorphism. However, since this situation is only locally stable it is of limited interest for the evolution of increased genetic coherence.
Another case not ruled out by the necessary condition is the possibility that f_{2} is located between and . If, in addition to the symmetry in homotypic fusion probabilities there exists symmetric overdominance in the viabilities at the B-locus ; the polymorphism at this locus will be protected and the frequencies of the alleles B_{1} and B_{2} will ultimately become equal. The reason is to be seen in the fact that both B-homozygotes have equal average s values which stay below the pertaining average B_{1}B_{2}-viability for each single A-genotype. As a consequence, initially present stochastic associations between the two loci will decay and the average viability of A_{1}A_{1} will ultimately approach , where . By the same reasoning the average viabilities of the other two A-genotypes both will approach . On the basis of these average viabilities it can be stated that A_{1} will or will not replace A_{2} according to whether the difference and thus is positive or negative.
It is straightforward to show that these analytical results still hold, if the mutant mating modifier A_{1} is assumed to be dominant over the wild type A_{2}. All one has to do is replace f_{2} in the A_{1}A_{2}-column of Table 2 by and , repectively, and then follow the above steps of analysis.
However, simple predictions of the dynamics for asymmetric overdominance in viability at the B-locus (v_{11} ≠ v_{22}) are not possible. Since the analytical treatment of these cases is generally quite intricate, the following considerations will resort to numerical analyses of selected scenarios.
Analysis of the dynamics – numerical studies
Scenarios Numerical scenarios for overdominance in viability at the B-locus
no: | S 1 | S 2^{*} | S 3^{*} | S 4^{*} | S 5^{*} |
---|---|---|---|---|---|
| 0:3 | 0:1 | |||
| 0:8 | ||||
f _{2} | 0:5 | ||||
v _{11} | 0:4 | ||||
v _{12} | 0:5 | ||||
v _{22} | 0:3 | 0:1 | 0:1 | 0:1 | |
r | 0:3 | 0:01 | 0:01 | ||
| 0 | ||||
| 0 | ||||
| 0 | ||||
| 0 | ||||
| 0:006 | 0:001 | |||
| 0 | ||||
| 0 | ||||
| 0:043 | ||||
| 0:618 | 0:623 | |||
| 0:333 | ||||
A _{1} | fix. | elim. | elim. | fix. | elim. |
A typical example is represented by scenario S1 with a relatively strong coherence effect of A_{1} as expressed in the f-ranking . The over-dominance reinforces the increase of A_{1} as a factor favoring heterotypic fusions. During the first 1500 generations A_{1} increases steadily but rarely exceeds 1%. The genetic structure at locus B during this phase is therefore only little modified by A, b_{1} running rapidly very close to 0.6666 (the equilibrium frequency in the absence of different f-values). The pronounced increase of A_{1} between generations 2200 and 2400 towards fixation entails a decrease of b_{1} to 0.5254.
(i) coherence by increasing vs. decreasing
The coherence effect results from higher fusion probability for heterotypic encounters on the one hand and from reduced fusion probability for homotypic encounters on the other. While the first effect promotes increase of A_{1} and a simultaneous increase of the population fitness, the second effect enables a rapid change of the frequency structure at locus B but at the same time reduces the population fitness and especially the fitness of A_{1}A_{1} types, thus reducing the chances for establishment and fixation of coherence. If scenario S1 is modified by reducing to 0.1 (S2), the overall disadvantage of A_{1} results in a continuous decrease of A_{1} with the exception of a small increase during the first 10 generations. Whether the combination of increased and decreased results in higher or lower fitness of A_{1} compared to A_{2} depends on the two-locus genotypic structure. As allelic and genotypic frequencies change during the dynamics, the direction of the dynamics may change as is the case in scenarios Sl and S2, for example.
(ii) Degree of viability asymmetry
If S1 is modified by reducing v_{22} to 0.1 (other parameters, especially the f-values, remaining unchanged, see S3), this increased disadvantage for homotypic encounters could be expected to favor the evolution of coherence. The numerical results, however, are in contrast to such intuitive expectation: After an initial increase during the first 12 generations, A_{1} decreases and will be lost. The reason must be seen in the fact, that the asymmetric v-values lead to an equilibrium at B with a significantly higher frequency of B_{1} and therefore to an increased frequency of homotypic encounters. In this situation, the fitness reducing cannot be compensated by the fitness increasing as is the case in S1.
(iii) influence of recombination rate r
Starting with S3 as an example for failure of establishment of coherence, and reducing r, it can be seen that for recombination rates of 0.05 or higher the increase of A_{1} is prevented despite an initial increase (from 0.3% to 0.6% for r = 0.05, for example). For r = 0.04 or smaller, the initial increase is also followed by a phase of decrease, the dynamics' direction, however, is reversed once more at about generation 110 (for r = 0.04) or generation 160 (for r = 0.01, see S4) leading to fixation of A_{1} in about 2000 generations.
(iv) influence of starting frequencies
Using scenario S4 as a reference for successful establishment and fixation of coherence, a reduction of the starting frequency a_{1} from 0.3% to 0.05% (S5) results in the failure of establishment despite an initial increase until generation 22 (a_{1} = 0.11%).
Measuring Genetic Coherence
To allow for a generalized analysis including alternative models of genetic coherence as well as the estimation of its degrees realized in actual populations, it is desirable to provide an operational concept for the measurement of this degree. For this purpose recall that genetic coherence and genetic separation are opposite evolutionary concepts which refer to the tendency for each allele to preferentially occur in association with other allelic types (heterozygosity) or with its own type (homozygosity) in diploid genotypes. Preferential association of an allele with its own type indicates isolation against and thus separation from other alleles. Such an allele thus contributes to the reproductive fragmentation of a population. Hence, an index C of genetic coherence should be specified for each allele, and it should attain its lowest value if it occurs only in association with its own type (complete isolation), while associations only with other types should determine its largest value. The borderline between coherence and separation is drawn by the situation where an allele is associated with its own type exactly in proportion to its occurrence in the population. For the B-locus with allele frequencies b_{ k } and homozygote frequencies b_{ kk } this implies that the index C reaches its lower bound for b_{ kk }= b_{ k } and its upper bound for b_{ kk }= 0. The borderline, where the allele shows no preferential associations with its own nor with other types is reached at .
A conceptually consistent construction of such an index is achieved by making use of the above-mentioned concept of mating preferences in the form introduced by [10]. The mating preference of type k for type l is there defined by the ratio where and are the actual and potential frequencies, respectively, of type l mates among all mates of type k. The preferences are unbounded and are equal to 1 in the absence of any preferences of type k for type l (indifference, random mating). Yet, given the distribution of potential mates, is bounded from above by (since ), and this bound characterizes the situation of complete preference of type k for type l. Along the same reasoning, characterizes complete rejection of l-type mates by k-types. To arrive at a measure of mating preference that varies symmetrically around the situation of indifference and extends over the range from complete rejection to complete preference, it is desirable to normalize U accordingly. The normalized version should ideally assume values of -1, 0, and +1 for complete rejection, indifference, and complete preference, respectively. This is realized by
In closed form, C_{ k } can be written as
If the k-th allele does not occur in heterozygotes, it is reproductively completely isolated from other alleles as is characteristic of a biological species. In this case b_{ k } = b_{ kk } and thus C_{ k } = -1. At the other extreme, for gametophytic incompatibility systems each allele occurs only in heterozygotes, so that b_{ kk } = 0 and therefore C_{ k } = 1. For each such allele complete genetic coherence can be stated.
For two alleles the two C_{ k }'s strongly depend on each other, since then . Hence, C_{1} and C_{2} always have the same sign and, in addition, for (i.e. C_{ k } ≤ 0) both C-values are even identical, i.e. C_{1} = C_{2}. On the other hand, if , the relation between the two allelic coherence indices are determined by the two allele frequencies, since then C_{1}/C_{2} = (b_{2}/b_{1})^{2}. The less frequent allele shows in this case the larger coherence. In other words, for homozygote excess (relative to Hardy-Weinberg proportions) both alleles contribute equally to the population's genetic coherence, while for heterozygote excess the less frequent allele contributes more to genetic coherence than the predominant allele.
Taking the average over the C_{ k }'s, i.e. , yields irrespective of the sign of the C_{ k }'s. This relates to Wright's fixation index F by . Hence, F allows for an interpretation that is usually not directly associated with concepts of genetic coherence or separation/speciation. The model-independence of the concept underlying the C_{ k }'s thus enlarges the scope of application of F to the interpretation of data on genotypic frequencies obtained for stages close to the zygotic stage. The lower and upper bounds of for given allele frequencies at the B-locus are realized for b_{12} = 0, which yields , and for ½b_{12} = min{b_{1}, b_{2}}, which yields (for further details concerning boundaries of heterozygosity and F see e.g. the book of [15]).
For the case of multiple alleles (> 2), C-based analyses of genotypic structures can be extended to more complex problems by forming groups of alleles which are considered equivalent in some defined sense. In the case of four alleles B_{1},...,B_{4} for example, B_{1} and B_{2} can be considered as equivalent and to form a group B_{ x }, say, with allele frequency b_{ x } = b_{1} + b_{2} and "homozygote" frequency b_{ xx } = b_{11} + b_{12} + b_{22}. The coherence measure of this composite allele B_{ x } is then well defined by C_{ x }, and degrees of reproductive isolation from or coherence with other alleles or groups of alleles can be analyzed. It should, however, be noted that the average need no longer equal -F, since for multiple alleles interpretation of -F as average genetic coherence is thus limited to two alleles.
An application
The applicability of the coherence indices C_{ k } covers a range, which exceeds that of genotypic structures of populations. In the context of the present model involving selective fertilization, outcomes of controlled crosses are of particular interest, since they allow direct observation of fusion probabilities at the gametic level. Such crosses were performed by the present authors in a project concerned with the detection of mating incompatibility relations in Alnus species. Crosses between parents with the same heterozygote genotype at various isoenzyme gene loci yielded genotypic frequencies among their seed which differed significantly from the hypothesis of regular segregation and random fusion of the gametes. Two examples are provided by samples of 39 : 73 : 15 for A_{1}A_{1} : A_{1}A_{2}: A_{2}A_{2} at the SKDH-A locus in one cross, and 12 : 8 : 5 for B_{2}B_{2} : B_{2}B_{4} :B_{4}B_{4} at the 6PGDH-B locus in another cross.
The C-values for the SKDH locus are C_{1} = 0.131, C_{2} = 0.282 and = 0.192, while for the 6PGDH locus these values become C_{2} = C_{4} = = -0.306. Note, that C-values are based on successful gametes only, so that they are not affected by segregation distortion but rather reflect solely effects of fusion preferences. Ignoring sampling effects, these observations suggest strongly opposing tendencies for the two loci, with homotypic fusion preferences at the 6PGDH locus and heterotypic preferences at the SKDH locus. This need, of course, not indicate the existence of opposing forces acting functionally at the two enzyme loci. Structural associations of the enzyme loci via chromosomal coupling with functionally effective loci in the genetic background may as well serve for an explanation. These functional loci, however, must in both crosses be assumed to be heterozygous in at least one crossing partner of each of the two crosses to explain the observations. It is also clear that in the case of the 6PGDH locus the two alleles must have been in coupling phase with the preferentially fusing alleles at the functional locus. In the same way, the two SKDH alleles must be assumed to be in repulsion phase with the preferentially fusing alleles at the functional locus.
In any case, this observation of strongly opposing effects at different loci can be expected to extend to the whole population only in the absence of noticeable stochastic associations between the loci. The reason is that an allele with a strongly positive de-gree of genetic coherence and a distinctly positive association with an allele at another locus prohibits strongly negative genetic coherence for this other allele. Consequently, (sympatric or parapatric) speciation can be initiated only at loci which show no associations with loci that exhibit high degrees of genetic coherence, and each of the speciating subpopulations inherits the genetic coherence relations of the base population.
Conclusions
Two factors are considered in the two-locus model presented in this paper: the mating system (with fusion probabilities at the B-locus depending on the allelic composition at the A-locus) and classical viability selection (at the B-locus). It turned out that the particular specification of the mating system allows for an evolutionarily equivalent interpretation of the model in terms of a two-locus viability selection model with random mating, the combined selection values resulting as the product of the fusion probability and the one-locus viability: (see Table 2). Coherence may be promoted in two ways, by increasing or by decreasing . In the first way the fitness of Ai carriers is increased, and in the second way it is decreased.
A necessary prerequisite for the evolution of coherence is a stable polymorphism at the object locus B. Since the selection coefficients in our model are not frequency-dependent, overdominance is required to ensure the persistence of polymorphism. Prior to the appearance of any mating modifier, "simple" overdominance (v_{11} <v_{12} >v_{22}) is sufficient for a stable B-polymorphism. With mating modifiers present in the population, complete conditional overdominance at the B-locus is required for a stable polymorphism, and this is equivalent to . Given this condition, the mutant A_{1} will replace the resident allele A_{2} if f_{2} and . Since the latter inequalities include the case thus increased coherence, the expectation that overdominance reinforces genetic coherence is confirmed so far. Conclusively, reversion of these inequalities, which characterizes decreased coherence for the mutant, prohibits its establishment.
Application of the conceptually generalized measures of coherence confirmed these results. Therefore, in essence the inverse of Wallace's principle holds for the present model: heterozygote superiority not only prevents the evolution of reproductive separation of subpopulations but even reinforces the evolution of increased genetic coherence.
A single-locus model of reinforcement of genetic coherence previously suggested by the present authors ([7]) allowed for a complete analysis covering a much wider range of mating systems. For this model it was shown that overdominance in viability generally implies the replacement of a resident allele by a mutant conferring higher heterotypic mating preferences, while heterozygote disadvantage generally promotes the evolution of higher homotypic mating preferences. This clear dualism does not seem to exist in the present two-locus model despite its more detailed mating system. Fusion probabilities, viability parameters and recombination rates interact in more complex ways. Even if the selective effects of the mating system are separated from its purely combinational effects, as was possible in the one-locus model, recombination apparently introduces dynamical forces which become dominant for compensating forms of selection and combination.
Declarations
Acknowledgement
This work was supported by grant Gr435/17-1 of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The authors are thankful to two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments.
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