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Inbreeding depression in Lychnis flos-cuculi (Caryophyllaceae): effects of different levels of inbreeding
Article first published online: 11 DEC 2002
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Volume 8, Issue 5, pages 589–600, September 1995
How to Cite
Hauser, T. P. and Loeschcke, V. (1995), Inbreeding depression in Lychnis flos-cuculi (Caryophyllaceae): effects of different levels of inbreeding. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 8: 589–600. doi: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.1995.8050589.x
- Issue published online: 11 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 11 DEC 2002
- Received 3 December 1993; accepted 21 March 1995.
- Cited By
- Progressive inbreeding;
- inbreeding depression;
- fitness functions;
- Lychnis flos-cuculi
In a controlled crossing experiment on Lychnis flos-cuculi plants in the greenhouse, outbred and selfed maternal plants were each treated with pollen from unrelated plants, siblings and selves. The seeds thus obtained had expected inbreeding coefficients of 0, 0.25 and 0.5 for the outbred maternal plants, and 0, 0.5 and 0.75 for the selfed maternal plants. Seed abortion rate, seed weight and germination rate were estimated. Seedlings were transplanted to an outdoor garden, and monitored for survival, probability of flowering, number of capsules and area of capsules next spring. Inbred seeds germinated slower and in lower proportions than those less inbred, and seedlings had lower survival, flowering, fruit set and area of capsules if inbred.
Combined fitness values were estimated from the survival and fecundity components, and severe inbreeding depression was detected for these estimates (0.51 and 0.56 for one generation of selfing). The fitness function decreased linearly with the increase in inbreeding coefficient, which is as expected if the inbreeding depression is additive among loci.