Data from: The strength of the association between heterozygosity and probability of interannual local recruitment increases with environmental harshness in blue tits
Ferrer, Esperanza S., Institute for Game and Wildlife Research, University of Castile-La Mancha
García-Navas, Vicente, Institute for Game and Wildlife Research, University of Zurich, University of Castile-La Mancha
Sanz, Juan José, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
Ortego, Joaquín, Estación Biológica de Doñana
Published Nov 10, 2017 on Dryad.
Cite this dataset
Ferrer, Esperanza S.; García-Navas, Vicente; Sanz, Juan José; Ortego, Joaquín (2017). Data from: The strength of the association between heterozygosity and probability of interannual local recruitment increases with environmental harshness in blue tits [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.47pn4
The extent of inbreeding depression and the magnitude of heterozygosity–fitness correlations (HFC) have been suggested to depend on the environmental context in which they are assayed, but little evidence is available for wild populations. We combine extensive molecular and capture–mark–recapture data from a blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) population to (1) analyze the relationship between heterozygosity and probability of interannual adult local recruitment and (2) test whether environmental stress imposed by physiologically suboptimal temperatures and rainfall influence the magnitude of HFC. To address these questions, we used two different arrays of microsatellite markers: 14 loci classified as neutral and 12 loci classified as putatively functional. We found significant relationships between heterozygosity and probability of interannual local recruitment that were most likely explained by variation in genomewide heterozygosity. The strength of the association between heterozygosity and probability of interannual local recruitment was positively associated with annual accumulated precipitation. Annual mean heterozygosity increased over time, which may have resulted from an overall positive selection on heterozygosity over the course of the study period. Finally, neutral and putatively functional loci showed similar trends, but the former had stronger effect sizes and seemed to better reflect genomewide heterozygosity. Overall, our results show that HFC can be context dependent, emphasizing the need to consider the role of environmental heterogeneity as a key factor when exploring the consequences of individual genetic diversity on fitness in natural populations.
The file contains the information about blue tit individuals captured in consecutive years in two populations located in center of Spain. Data base shows informaction for each individual about; sex, location, age, physical condition, local-immigrant status and if they were captured in the following year. It also shows the genetic diversitiy indexes for the set of all markers, neutral markers and functional markers separately, as well as genetic information about each microsatellite.