Population genetic models of dormancy

  title={Population genetic models of dormancy},
  author={Jochen Blath and Noemi Kurt},
  journal={arXiv: Probability},
In the present article, we investigate the effects of dormancy on an abstract population genetic level. We first provide a short review of seed bank models in population genetics, and the role of dormancy for the interplay of evolutionary forces in general, before we discuss two recent paradigmatic models, referring to spontaneous resp. simultaneous switching of individuals between the active and the dormant state. We show that both mechanisms give rise to non-trivial mathematical objects… 
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  • Biology
    The American Naturalist
  • 1990
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