Theoretical population genetics simulations have lead to some predictions

Theoretical population genetics simulations have lead to some predictions

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Theoretical population genetics simulations have lead to some predictions. There should be a positive relation between population carrying capacity (population size the (local) environment can sustain) and the average time to population extinction. Moreover, extinction times are exponentially distributed so a large proportion of populations will go extinct in a period of timeless than the mean time to extinction. The implication from these simulation results is that Larger Populations are Better : it will take longer for a larger population to go
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Unformatted text preview: extinct, and larger populations will lower the extinction curve. If environmental stochasticity is added to these models, theory suggests that MVP should be 500 - 1000. If demographic stochasticity (randomly fluctuating birth and death rates, i.e., random population growth rates), MVP needs to be sustained at higher values (1000 - 5000). If this system is placed in the context of an interwoven ecosystem, the MVP should probably be higher....
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course BIO BSC1010 taught by Professor Gwenhauner during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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