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300463 VO Selection (2017S)

Theoretical principles and methodology

1.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Language: German



VO von 10.00-12.00 Uhr im Seminarraum des Department für Theoretische Biologie,
Termine: (Dienstagstermine) 25.04.2017, 02.05.2017 und 09.05.2017 sowie (Freitagstermine) 12.05.2017, 19.05.2017 und 02.06.2017. Zusatztermine: 09.06.2017, 23.06.2017 und 30.06.2017.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Basic theoretical principles and methodological handlings of selective processes should be represented by the lecture, it is mainly intended for advanced students of biology. The following topics will be thoroughly explained: natural and artificial selection, sexual s., stabilizing, disruptive and directional s., frequency dependent s., components of fitness, absolute and relative fitness, individual fitness, coefficient of s., adaptation, components of phenotypic variance, heritability, estimations of heritability, relations between s. and heritability (univariate and multivariate), response to s., correlated response to s., pleiotropic and polygenic characters, threshold characters, norm of reaction and phenotypic plasticity, canalization and genetic assimilation, multivariate models of s. (LANDE's model, logistic regression approach), s. differential and s. gradient, s. intensity, fitness landscape.
Finally, LANDE's model will be demonstrated by interactive visualizations (3D, MS-DOS or Linux).

Assessment and permitted materials

oral examination

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The lecture should impart basics of the theoretical principles and methodology of selective processes.

Examination topics

Reading list

FALCONER, D.S.: Introduction to Quantitative Genetics.
ROFF, D.A.: Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics.

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