Genetics, Speciation and the Founder Principle

Genetics, Speciation and the Founder Principle

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This volume describes the genetic mechanisms that govern the development and evolution of animals and plants. In particular, the book focuses on animal and plant species evolving in isolated habitats and species colonizing new territories. This approach - studying "founder" populations - enables geneticists to more readily identify some of the evolutionary pressures affecting the speciation process. The Founder Principle in population genetics was elucidated in large part by Hampton Carson in classic studies of Hawaiian fruit flies (Drosophilia). The editors of this volume have commissioned seventeen chapters by an internationally recognized group of geneticists who discuss the Founder Principle in relation to plant speciation, chromosomal evolution, molecular evolution and development, sexual selection, and genetic changes in natural populations. The volume was organized as a tribute to Professor Carson on the occasion of his retirement from the University of more

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  • Hardback | 391 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones and line illustrations throughout
  • 0195043154
  • 9780195043150

Table of contents

W. Anderson, K. Kaneshiro & L. V. Giddings: H. L. Carson: Interviews toward an intellectual history; W. B. Provine: Founder effects and genetic revolutions in microevolution and speciation: an historical perspective; G. D. Carr, R. H. Robichaux, M. S. Witter & D. W. Kyhos: Adaptive radiation of the Hawaiian silversword alliance: a comparison with Hawaiian picture-winged Drosophila ; F. R. Ganders: Adaptive radiation in Hawaiian bidens ; G. L. Stebbins: Plant speciation and the founder principle; J. S. Yoon: Chromosomal evolution and speciation in Hawaiian Drosophila T. W. Lyttle: Is there a role for meiotic drive in karyotype evolution?; J. A. Hunt, K. A. Houtchens, L. M. Brezinsky, F. Shadravan & J. G. Bishop: Genomic DNA variation within and between closely related species of Hawaiian Drosophila ; W. J. Dickinson: Gene regulation and evolution; E. Nevo: The nature and role of peripheral isolates in the origin of species; J. R. Powell: The effects of founder-flush cycles on ethological isolation in laboratory populations of rosophila ; W. B. Heed: Origin of Drosophila of the Sonoran Desert: in search for a founder event; K. Y. Kaneshiro: The dynamics of sexual selection and founder effects in species formation; J. V. Neel: Human evolution and the "founder-flush" principle; A. T. Ohta: The genetic basis of adaptive evolution in the Grimshawi species complex of Hawaiian Drosophila ; A. R. Templeton: Founder effects and the evolution of reproductive isolation; H. L. Carson: Genetic imbalance, realigned selection and the origin of more