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Type: Journal article
Title: Strong gene flow and lack of stable population structure in the face of rapid adaptation to local temperature in a spring-spawning salmonid, the European grayling (Thymallus thymallus)
Author: Junge, C.
Vøllestad, L.
Barson, N.
Haugen, T.
Otero, J.
Sætre, G.-P.
Leder, E.
Primmer, C.
Citation: Heredity, 2011; 106(3):460-471
Publisher: Macmillian Publishers
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0018-067X
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C Junge, L A Vøllestad, N J Barson, T O Haugen, J Otero, G-P Sætre, E H Leder, and C R Primmer
Abstract: Gene flow has the potential to both constrain and facilitate adaptation to local environmental conditions. The early stages of population divergence can be unstable because of fluctuating levels of gene flow. Investigating temporal variation in gene flow during the initial stages of population divergence can therefore provide insights to the role of gene flow in adaptive evolution. Since the recent colonization of Lake Lesjaskogsvatnet in Norway by European grayling (Thymallus thymallus), local populations have been established in over 20 tributaries. Multiple founder events appear to have resulted in reduced neutral variation. Nevertheless, there is evidence for local adaptation in early life-history traits to different temperature regimes. In this study, microsatellite data from almost a decade of sampling were assessed to infer population structuring and its temporal stability. Several alternative analyses indicated that spatial variation explained 2–3 times more of the divergence in the system than temporal variation. Over all samples and years, there was a significant correlation between genetic and geographic distance. However, decomposed pairwise regression analysis revealed differing patterns of genetic structure among local populations and indicated that migration outweighs genetic drift in the majority of populations. In addition, isolation by distance was observable in only three of the six years, and signals of population bottlenecks were observed in the majority of samples. Combined, the results suggest that habitat-specific adaptation in this system has preceded the development of consistent population substructuring in the face of high levels of gene flow from divergent environments.
Keywords: Bottleneck; genetic drift; adaptive divergence; isolation by distance; colonization; non-equilibrium
Rights: © 2011 Macmillan Publishers. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2010.160
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