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Experimental EvolutionConcepts, Methods, and Applications of Selection Experiments$
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Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247666

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247666.001.0001

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Laboratory Experiments on Speciation

Laboratory Experiments on Speciation

(p.631) 20 Laboratory Experiments on Speciation
Experimental Evolution

James D. Fry

University of California Press

This chapter reviews the literature on speciation experiments, identifies neglected questions that could be addressed by new experiments, and suggests general guidelines for such experiments, focusing exclusively on sexually reproducing eukaryotes—that is, those with meiosis and syngamy at some stage of the life cycle. It first defines key concepts used in the speciation literature and gives an overview of the questions that have been, or could be, addressed by experimental evolution approaches. The chapter then suggests questions that have been mostly neglected in past experiments, but which are ripe for further investigation, and finally gives some general guidelines for future laboratory experiments on speciation.

Keywords:   speciation experiments, eukaryotes, meiosis, syngamy, speciation

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