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Assessing connectivity despite high diversity in island populations of a malaria mosquito

February 2, 2020 - 17:36 -- Open Access
Christina M. Bergey, Martin Lukindu, Rachel M. Wiltshire, Michael C. Fontaine, Jonathan K. Kayondo, Nora J. Besansky
Evolutionary Applications, Volume13, Issue2, February 2020 Pages 417-431

Documenting isolation is notoriously difficult for species with vast polymorphic populations. High proportions of shared variation impede estimation of connectivity, even despite leveraging information from many genetic markers. We overcome these impediments by combining classical analysis of neutral variation with assays of the structure of selected variation, demonstrated using populations of the principal African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. Accurate estimation of mosquito migration is crucial for efforts to combat malaria.

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