Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Genetics. 1990 Mar;124(3):757-71.

Spatial autocorrelation of genotypes under directional selection.

Author information

  • 1Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside 92521.


The spatial distributions of genetic variation under selection-mutation equilibrium within populations that have limited dispersal are investigated. The results show that directional selection with moderate strength rapidly reduces the amount of genetic structure and spatial autocorrelations far below that predicted for selectively neutral loci. For the latter, homozygotes are spatially clustered into separate areas or patches, each consisting of several hundred homozygotes. When selection is added the patches of the deleterious homozygotes are much smaller, in the range of 25 to 50 individuals. Selection also reduces temporal correlations. Also investigated are the effects of random replacement processes, such as mutation, immigration, and long-distance migration, on spatial and temporal correlations. The detection of natural selection through spatial pattern analysis is discussed, and applied to data from populations of the morning glory, Ipomoea purpurea.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk