Clonal turnover versus clonal decay: a null model for observed patterns of asexual longevity, diversity and distribution.

@article{Janko2008ClonalTV,
  title={Clonal turnover versus clonal decay: a null model for observed patterns of asexual longevity, diversity and distribution.},
  author={Karel Janko and Pavel Drozd and Jaroslav Flegr and John R Pannell},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2008},
  volume={62 5},
  pages={1264-70}
}
Phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies suggest that a majority of asexual organisms are evolutionarily recent offshoots of extant sexual taxa and that old clonal lineages tend to be isolated from their sexual and younger asexual counterparts. These observations have often been interpreted as support for the long-term disadvantages of asexuality resulting from the mechanisms of clonal decay. Although clonal decay is likely to be an important mechanism that limits the temporal and spatial… CONTINUE READING