What is it about?
Genetically close mating partners such as siblings may reduce fitness and reproductive success and in the long run compromise population growth. Our study shows for plant-inhabiting predatory mites that populations founded by females mated to genetically distant males perform better than those founded by females mated to genetically close males.
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Why is it important?
Among others, our study is important for the use of predatory mites in biological control. It shows that genetically distant founders produce faster growing populations, which may guide the use and release of these mites in biological control of spider mites.
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This page is a summary of: Founder effects on trans-generational dynamics of closed inbreeding lineages of the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis, PLoS ONE, April 2019, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0215360.
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