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Molecular Ecology (2007) 16, 51155139 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03535.x 2007 The Authors
 

Summary: Molecular Ecology (2007) 16, 5115­5139 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03535.x
© 2007 The Authors
Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
INVITED REVIEW
Standardizing methods to address clonality in population
studies
S. ARNAUD-HAOND,* C. M. DUARTE, F. ALBERTO* and E. A. SERRÃO*
*CCMAR -- CIMAR Laboratório Associado, Univ. Algarve, Gambelas, 8005-139, Faro, Portugal, IMEDEA, CSIC-Univ.
Illes Balears, C/Miquel Marques 21, 07190 Esporles, Mallorca, Spain
Abstract
Although clonal species are dominant in many habitats, from unicellular organisms to
plants and animals, ecological and particularly evolutionary studies on clonal species have
been strongly limited by the difficulty in assessing the number, size and longevity of
genetic individuals within a population. The development of molecular markers has
allowed progress in this area, and although allozymes remain of limited use due to their
typically low level of polymorphism, more polymorphic markers have been discovered
during the last decades, supplying powerful tools to overcome the problem of clonality
assessment. However, population genetics studies on clonal organisms lack a standardized
framework to assess clonality, and to adapt conventional data analyses to account for the

  

Source: Alberto, Filipe - Centro de Ciencias do Mar, Universidade do Algarve
Serrão, Ester A. - Centro de Ciencias do Mar, Universidade do Algarve

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology