The Combined Effect of Haplodiplonty and Partial Clonality on Genotypic and Genetic Diversity in a Finite Mutating Population

Type Article
Date 2021-01
Language English
Author(s) Stoeckel Solenn1, Arnaud-Haond SophieORCID2, Krueger-Hadfield Stacy A3, Orive Maria
Affiliation(s) 1 : INRAE, Agrocampus Ouest, Université de Rennes, IGEPP, F-35650 Le Rheu, France
2 : Laboratory Environnements-Ressources, Ifremer, Sète 34203, France
3 : Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294
Source Journal Of Heredity (0022-1503) (Oxford University Press (OUP)), 2021-01 , Vol. 112 , N. 1 , P. 78-91
DOI 10.1093/jhered/esaa062
WOS© Times Cited 12
Keyword(s) mating system, asexuality, genetic and genotypic diversity, life cycle, linkage disequilibrium, F-IS

Partial clonality is known to affect the genetic composition and evolutionary trajectory of diplontic (single, free-living diploid stage) populations. However, many partially clonal eukaryotes exhibit life cycles in which somatic development occurs in both haploid and diploid individuals (haplodiplontic life cycles). Here, we studied how haplodiplontic life cycles and partial clonality structurally constrain, as immutable parameters, the reshuffling of genetic diversity and its dynamics in populations over generations. We assessed the distribution of common population genetic indices at different proportions of haploids, rates of clonality, mutation rates, and sampling efforts. Our results showed that haplodiplontic life cycles alone in finite populations affect effective population sizes and the ranges of distributions of population genetic indices. With nonoverlapping generations, haplodiplonty allowed the evolution of 2 temporal genetic pools that may diverge in sympatry due to genetic drift under full sexuality and clonality. Partial clonality in these life cycles acted as a homogenizing force between those 2 pools. Moreover, the combined effects of proportion of haploids, rate of clonality, and the relative strength of mutation versus genetic drift impacts the distributions of population genetics indices, rendering it difficult to transpose and use knowledge accumulated from diplontic or haplontic species. Finally, we conclude by providing recommendations for sampling and analyzing the population genetics of partially clonal haplodiplontic taxa.

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