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Mate choice for genetic quality when environments vary: suggestions for empirical progress

Bussiere, Luc F; Hunt, J.; Stolting, K N; Jennions, Michael; Brooks, Rob

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Mate choice for good-genes remains one of the most controversial evolutionary processes ever proposed. This is partly because strong directional choice should theoretically deplete the genetic variation that explains the evolution of this type of female mating preference (the so-called lek paradox). Moreover, good-genes benefits are generally assumed to be too small to outweigh opposing direct selection on females. Here, we review recent progress in the study of mate choice for genetic quality,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBussiere, Luc F
dc.contributor.authorHunt, J.
dc.contributor.authorStolting, K N
dc.contributor.authorJennions, Michael
dc.contributor.authorBrooks, Rob
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:35:50Z
dc.identifier.issn0016-6707
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/56441
dc.description.abstractMate choice for good-genes remains one of the most controversial evolutionary processes ever proposed. This is partly because strong directional choice should theoretically deplete the genetic variation that explains the evolution of this type of female mating preference (the so-called lek paradox). Moreover, good-genes benefits are generally assumed to be too small to outweigh opposing direct selection on females. Here, we review recent progress in the study of mate choice for genetic quality, focussing particularly on the potential for genotype by environment interactions (GEIs) to rescue additive genetic variation for quality, and thereby resolve the lek paradox. We raise five questions that we think will stimulate empirical progress in this field, and suggest directions for research in each area: (1) How is condition-dependence affected by environmental variation? (2) How important are GEIs for maintaining additive genetic variance in condition? (3) How much do GEIs reduce the signalling value of male condition? (4) How does GEI affect the multivariate version of the lek paradox? (5) Have mating biases for high-condition males evolved because of indirect benefits?
dc.publisherKluwer Academic Publishers
dc.sourceGenetica
dc.subjectKeywords: animal; environment; evolution; female; genetic selection; genetic variability; male; mate choice; review; sexual behavior; Animals; Environment; Evolution; Female; Male; Mating Preference, Animal; Selection (Genetics); Sexual Behavior, Animal; Variation Condition dependence; Environmental heterogeneity; Female preference; Fluctuating selection; Good-genes; Indirect benefits; Lek paradox; Resource acquisition; Resource allocation; Sexual selection
dc.titleMate choice for genetic quality when environments vary: suggestions for empirical progress
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume134
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor060304 - Ethology and Sociobiology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9511635xPUB362
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBussiere, Luc F, Universitat Zurich
local.contributor.affiliationHunt, J., University of Exeter
local.contributor.affiliationStolting, K N, Universitat Zurich
local.contributor.affiliationJennions, Michael, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBrooks, Rob, University of New South Wales
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage69
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage78
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s10709-007-9220-z
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T10:31:14Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-48149102324
local.identifier.thomsonID000258371900008
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