A general ploidy model for the evolution of helping in viscous populations

Angela Yi-Chen Yeh, Andy Gardner*

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Abstract

There is growing interest in understanding how kin selection drives the evolution of social behaviours in viscous populations. A key result, that has inspired much work on this topic, is the exact cancellation of the genetic relatedness and kin competition effects of dispersal in the simplest models of population viscosity, such that a reduction in the rate of dispersal neither promotes nor inhibits the evolution of helping behaviour. This theoretical result has been demonstrated for populations characterised by haploid, diploid and haplodiploid modes of inheritance. Here we develop a model of general ploidy that recovers these three scenarios as special cases and allows examination of scenarios that have not been considered previously. Specifically, we: clarify the importance of the implicit assumption of monandry in previous models; show that the cancellation result obtains in some models of ploidy but not in others; and reveal that the cancellation result obtains for different reasons in different models of ploidy. The cancellation result therefore hinges upon a population's genetic system as well as its demography. (c) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-303
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Volume304
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Inclusive fitness
  • Kin selection
  • Relatedness
  • Reproductive value
  • Scale of competition
  • INCLUSIVE-FITNESS
  • KIN SELECTION
  • OVERLAPPING GENERATIONS
  • DISPERSAL
  • ALTRUISM
  • DEMOGRAPHY
  • BEHAVIOR
  • PROMOTE
  • COOPERATION
  • COMPETITION

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