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A novel cost framework reveals evidence for competitive selection in the evolution of complex traits during plant domestication

Allaby, RG; Stevens, CJ; Fuller, DQ; (2022) A novel cost framework reveals evidence for competitive selection in the evolution of complex traits during plant domestication. Journal of Theoretical Biology , 537 , Article 111004. 10.1016/j.jtbi.2022.111004.

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Abstract

Most models of selection incorporate some notion of environmental degradation where the majority of the population becomes less fit concerning a character resulting in pressure to adapt. Such models have been variously associated with an adaptation cost, the substitution load. Conversely, adaptative mutations that represent an improvement in fitness in the absence of environmental change have generally been assumed to be associated with negligible cost. However, such adaptations could represent a competitive advantage that diminishes resource availability for others and so induces a cost. This type of adaptation in the form of seedling competition has been suggested as a mechanism for increases in seed sizes during domestication, a trait associated with the standard stabilizing selection model. We present a novel cost framework for competitive selection that demonstrates significant differences in behaviour to environmental-based selection in intensity, intensity over time and directly contrasts with the expectations of the standard model. Grain metrics of nine archaeological crops fit a mixed model in which episodes of competitive selection often emerge from shifting optimum episodes of stabilizing selection, highlighting the potential prevalence of the mechanism outlined here and providing fundamental insight into the factors driving domestication.

Type: Article
Title: A novel cost framework reveals evidence for competitive selection in the evolution of complex traits during plant domestication
Location: England
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2022.111004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2022.111004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Competitive selection, Plant domestication, Substitution load, Crops, Agricultural, Domestication, Multifactorial Inheritance, Phenotype, Seeds
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10146830
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