The Model of Fitness in a Heterogeneous Environment on Reaction Norms

  • Volodymyr Gerasymenko
  • Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences Section B Natural Exact and Applied Sciences, January 2017, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/prolas-2017-0051

This model shows the fitness and frequency of genes in the population from environmental factors.

What is it about?

The model shows the mechanisms of adaptation of organisms with different genotypes under the influence of changing environmental conditions and, ultimately, the genetic composition of populations. It satisfactorily explains the facts of the dynamics of populations under the influence of the environment.

Why is it important?

This is important because the evolution is based on the processes of genetic change in the composition of organisms in populations under the influence of environmental conditions. In addition, at this stage, these conditions change rapidly as a result of climate change. This model allows these processes to be modeled for studying the evolution of the eco-ecological niches and speciation, as well as predicting the effect of climate change.


Volodymyr Gerasymenko
Odessa State Agrarian University

The proposed model is the result of the algorithmization of Darwin's evolutionary principles developed later by environmental geneticists. Its feature is the simplicity of algorithms and their significant ability to describe microevolutionary processes. They can find application in various sections of evolutionary theory and ecological genetics.

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