Interaction of Mutation with Selection

  • Donald P. Doolittle
Part of the Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences book series (AGRICULTURAL, volume 16)


In any real population, mutation will be taking place. There will also be natural selection, and, in the case of domestic plants or animals, there may be artificial selection as well. Selection, either artificial or natural, tends to increase the frequency of one allele at a given locus until that allele is in the preponderance. Mutation tends to decrease the frequency of the preponderant allele. Thus, it is almost inevitable that selection and mutation will have opposite effects on allele frequencies.


Artificial Selection Fitness Effect Domestic Plant Severe Mental Retardation Real Population 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald P. Doolittle
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  1. 1.Department of Animal SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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