Genetic and Evolutionary Diversity: The Sport of Nature

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Garland Science, 1999 - 290 pages
This book examines the causes of genetic diversity within and between populations, species formation and multiplication and the association of species in communities. It also discusses reproductive patterns in relation to the integrated control of breeding systems and chromosomes behaviour. The ideas presented link fields of biology usually treated separately, which are relevant to population genetic, cytogenetic , ecological and evolutionary studies.This revised edition includes significant advances in the fields of plant genetics and cytogenetics and a greater emphasis on long term evolutionary processes.
 

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Contents

Species diversity
3
Explanations
20
Dynamics
35
Populations
45
Genes
66
Sources of continuous variation
78
Gene frequency
95
Genetic variability in natural populations
122
Polymorphism and neutral mutation
164
Gene interplay models for polymorphism
171
a case history
186
Genetic variabilityconclusions
196
Species formation and evolution
219
Species associations
241
Pattern and processthe longterm evolutionary perspective
254
References
275

Polymorphism and ecological genetics
131
Response to selection by pesticides
148
Population consequence of selection
157

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R. S. Callow is Lecturer in Botany at the Victoria University of Manchester and a past Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University.

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