Genetic Polymorphisms in Varied Environments

Science  03 Dec 1971:
Vol. 174, Issue 4013, pp. 1035-1036
DOI: 10.1126/science.174.4013.1035


Thirteen experimenital populationis of Drosophila willistoni were maintained in cages, in some of which the environments were relatively constant and in others varied. After 45 weeks, the populations were assayed by gel electrophoresis for polymorphisms at 22 protein loci. The average heterozygosity per individual and the average unmber of alleles per locus were higher in populations maintained in heterogeneous environments than in populations in more constant enviroments.