SOCIAL DILEMMAS AMONG SUPERGENES: INTRAGENOMIC SEXUAL CONFLICT AND A SELFING SOLUTION IN OENOTHERA
Article first published online: 7 AUG 2011
© 2011 The Author(s). Evolution© 2011 The Society for the Study of Evolution.
Volume 65, Issue 12, pages 3360–3367, December 2011
How to Cite
Brown, S. P. and Levin, D. A. (2011), SOCIAL DILEMMAS AMONG SUPERGENES: INTRAGENOMIC SEXUAL CONFLICT AND A SELFING SOLUTION IN OENOTHERA. Evolution, 65: 3360–3367. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01409.x
- Issue published online: 1 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 7 AUG 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 13 JUL 2011 07:27PM EST
- Received December 16, 2010, Accepted June 20, 2011
- intragenomic conflict;
- partner fidelity;
- permanent translocation heterozygosity
Recombination is a powerful policing mechanism to control intragenomic cheats. The “parliament of the genes” can often rapidly block driving genes from cheating during meiosis. But what if the genome parliament is reduced to only two members, or supergenes? Using a series of simple game-theoretic models inspired by the peculiar genetics of Oenothera sp., we illustrate that a two supergene genome (α and β) can produce a number of surprising evolutionary dynamics, including increases in lineage longevity following a transition from sexuality (outcrossing) to asexuality (clonal self-fertilization). We end by interpreting the model in the broader context of the evolution of mutualism, which highlights that greater α, β cooperation in the self-fertilizing model can be viewed as an example of partner fidelity driving multilineage cooperation.