1. The Coalescent of Bacterial Populations

  1. D. Ashley Robinson2,
  2. Daniel Falush3 and
  3. Edward J. Feil4
  1. Mikkel H. Schierup and
  2. Carsten Wiuf

Published Online: 9 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470600122.ch1

Bacterial Population Genetics in Infectious Disease

Bacterial Population Genetics in Infectious Disease

How to Cite

Schierup, M. H. and Wiuf, C. (2010) The Coalescent of Bacterial Populations, in Bacterial Population Genetics in Infectious Disease (eds D. A. Robinson, D. Falush and E. J. Feil), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470600122.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Microbiology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Microbiology, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork Ireland

  3. 4

    Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath, UK

Author Information

  1. Bioinformatics Research Center, Institute of Biology, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470424742

Online ISBN: 9780470600122



  • bacterial populations - Wright-Fisher reproduction model;
  • coalescent theory and sequence sample genealogy - mean depth and sample size;
  • recombination and gene conversion - coalescent-based analysis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background and Motivation

  • Population Reproduction Models

  • Time and the Effective Population Size

  • The Genealogy of a Sample of Size n

  • From Coalescent Time to Real Time

  • Mutations

  • Demography

  • Recombination and Gene Conversion

  • Summary

  • References