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Inbreeding Depression Under Joint Selfing, Outcrossing, and Asexuality

Christina A. Muirhead and Russell Lande
Evolution
Vol. 51, No. 5 (Oct., 1997), pp. 1409-1415
DOI: 10.2307/2411193
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2411193
Page Count: 7
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Inbreeding Depression Under Joint Selfing, Outcrossing, and Asexuality
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Abstract

Partial asexual reproduction was introduced into a model of inbreeding depression due to nearly recessive lethal mutations in a partially selfing population. The frequencies of asexuality, selfing, and outcrossing were either constant or occurred in cycles of a single sexual generation followed by one or more asexual generations. We found that increasing the degree of asexuality generally increases the inbreeding depression maintained in an equilibrium population with a given selfing rate. This is due to the increase in the number of mutations relative to sexual generations during which selfing-induced purging of mutations may take place. For very high genomic mutation rates, sufficient to produce a threshold rate of self-fertilization for purging recessive lethal mutations, asexuality can have the opposite effect, decreasing equilibrium inbreeding depression, because of an increase in the efficiency of selection against mutations in heterozygotes with asexuality.

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