Frequency-dependent selection for rare genotypes promotes genetic diversity of a tropical palm.

@article{Browne2016FrequencydependentSF,
  title={Frequency-dependent selection for rare genotypes promotes genetic diversity of a tropical palm.},
  author={Luke Browne and Jordan Karubian},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2016},
  volume={19 12},
  pages={
          1439-1447
        }
}
Negative frequency-dependent selection among species is a key driver of community diversity in natural systems, but the degree to which negative frequency-dependent selection shapes patterns of survival and genetic diversity within species is poorly understood. In a 5-year field experiment, we show that seedlings of a tropical palm with rare genotypes had a pronounced survival advantage over seedlings with common genotypes, with effect sizes comparable to that of light availability. This 'rare… CONTINUE READING
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