Skip to main content
Dryad logo

Data from: An explicit model for the inbreeding load in the evolutionary analysis of selfing

Citation

García-Dorado, Aurora (2017), Data from: An explicit model for the inbreeding load in the evolutionary analysis of selfing, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.k71q8

Abstract

I present analytical predictions for the equilibrium inbreeding load expected in a population under mutation, selection and a regular mating system, for any population size and for any magnitude and recessivity of the deleterious effects. Using this prediction, I deduce the relative fitness of mutant alleles with small effect on selfing, to explore the situations where selfing or outcrossing are expected to evolve. The results obtained are in agreement with previous literature, showing that natural selection is expected to lead to stable equilibria where populations show either complete outcrossing or complete selfing, and that selfing is promoted by large deleterious mutation rates. I find that the evolution of selfing is favoured by a large recessivity of deleterious effects, while the magnitude of homozygous deleterious effects only becomes relevant in relatively small populations. This result contradicts the standard assumption that purging in large populations will only promote selfing when homozygous deleterious effects are large, and implies that previously published results obtained assuming lethal mutations in large populations can be extrapolated to non-lethal alleles of similar recessivity. This conclusion and the general approach used in this analysis can be useful in the study of the evolution of mating systems.

Usage Notes