disruptive selection

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disruptive selection

the selection in favour of phenotypic extremes in a population. Disruptive selection produces divergence between subpopulations. Compare STABILIZING SELECTION.
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Branch-site REL analysis for estimating the episodic diversifying selection among the divergent species was carried out.
Important components of conservation genetics, the "science of scarcity," are genetic drift, sexual reproduction (especially in-breeding depression and recombination), migration and gene flow, and diversifying selection pressures (particularly out-breeding depression).
We predict that diversifying selection among geographically distinct populations will result in genetic differentiation among populations, while diversifying selection within bivoltine populations should lead to environmentally cued phenotypic plasticity in ovipositor length.