WEES seminar: Loneliness and the evolution of self-compatibility

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Seminar: Loneliness and the evolution of self-compatibility  (Orion C3033, 16.00h)

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Dr. Bart Nieuwenhuis

Department Biology II, Evolutionary Biology, LMU (Germany))

Mating requires a compatible mate. When partners are rare, a variety of mechanisms evolve to for reproductive assurance, however, such mechanisms tend to come at a cost. I will present experimental and population genetic data that shows the instability of a fungal incompatibility system and its ecological and evolutionary consequences.

Workshop (Orion C0221, 13.30)

Facultative sex and self-incompatibility

We will discuss the effect of asexual reproduction on selfing, outcrossing and compatibility systems in facultative sexual species.

As preparation for the workshop please read the following:

Constable, GWA and H Kokko. “The Rate of Facultative Sex Governs the Number of Expected Mating Types in Isogamous Species.” Nature Ecology & Evolution 2, no. 7 (July 2018): 1168–75. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0580-9.
Nieuwenhuis, BPS, and TY James. “The Frequency of Sex in Fungi.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371, no. 1706 (October 19, 2016): 20150540. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0540.

The workshop for those interested is organized from 13:30 to 15:00 in room C0221, Orion building. Registration is required (space limited to 15), email Duur Aanen (duur.aanen@wur.nl). The workshop gives attendees the possibility to meet the speaker of the seminar and have a discussion based on recent publications. The workshops are a good possibility to get acquainted with hot topics in science and to learn how to discuss these topics with leading scientists in the field. Furthermore, BSc and MSc students can get 1 ECTS for attending 2 workshops. 

WEES background

WEES is an initiative of PhD students and postdocs at Wageningen University to organize a continuing series of stimulating seminars on contemporary topics in evolution and ecology. We aim to bring together different groups at Wageningen University using a variety of systems, but with a common interest in evolutionary and ecological questions. For this series we invite researchers from all over the world who have leading roles in their field. After the talk there will be drinks for an informal discussion. WEES is funded by graduate schools PE&RC, WIMEK, EPS, VLAG, and WIAS.

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