How much can history constrain adaptive evolution? A real-time evolutionary approach of inversion polymorphisms in Drosophila subobscura

I. Fragata, M. Lopes-Cunha, M. Bárbaro, B. Kellen, M. Lima, M. A. Santos, G. S. Faria, M. Santos, M. Matos, P. Simões

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Abstract

© 2014 European Society For Evolutionary Biology. Chromosomal inversions are present in a wide range of animals and plants, having an important role in adaptation and speciation. Although empirical evidence of their adaptive value is abundant, the role of different processes underlying evolution of chromosomal polymorphisms is not fully understood. History and selection are likely to shape inversion polymorphism variation to an extent yet largely unknown. Here, we perform a real-time evolution study addressing the role of historical constraints and selection in the evolution of these polymorphisms. We founded laboratory populations of Drosophila subobscura derived from three locations along the European cline and followed the evolutionary dynamics of inversion polymorphisms throughout the first 40 generations. At the beginning, populations were highly differentiated and remained so throughout generations. We report evidence of positive selection for some inversions, variable between foundations. Signs of negative selection were more frequent, in particular for most cold-climate standard inversions across the three foundations. We found that previously observed convergence at the phenotypic level in these populations was not associated with convergence in inversion frequencies. In conclusion, our study shows that selection has shaped the evolutionary dynamics of inversion frequencies, but doing so within the constraints imposed by previous history. Both history and selection are therefore fundamental to predict the evolutionary potential of different populations to respond to global environmental changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2727-2738
JournalJournal of Evolutionary Biology
Volume27
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Drosophila subobscura
  • Chromosomal inversions
  • History
  • Laboratory adaptation
  • Real-time evolution
  • Selection

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