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The discernible and hidden effects of clonality on the genotypic and genetic states of populations: improving our estimation of clonal rates

Solenn Stoeckel; Barbara Porro; Sophie Arnaud-Haond

Partial clonality is widespread across the tree of life, but most population genetics models are designed for exclusively clonal or sexual organisms. This gap hampers our understanding of the influence of clonality on evolutionary trajectories and the interpretation of population genetics data. We performed forward simulations of diploid populations at increasing rates of clonality (c), analysed their relationships with genotypic (clonal richness, R, and distribution of clonal sizes, Pareto β) and genetic (FIS and linkage disequilibrium) indices, and tested predictions of c from population genetics data through supervised machine learning. Here are the numerical results form those simulations.

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  • 10.24072/pci.evolbiol.100078

  • https://arxiv.org/abs/1902.09365

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