canalizing selection

canalizing selection

gene selection that stabilizes developmental pathways so that the phenotype is less affected by genetic and environmental disturbances.
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A decelerating fitness function causes the trajectory to shift toward the less-steep region of the surface, corresponding to canalizing selection on development.
Equation (13) shows that whereas the strength of directional selection goes as [[Sigma].sup.2], the population variance, the strength of canalizing selection goes as [[Sigma].sup.4].
Measuring canalizing selection on reaction norms: An exploration of the Eurosta-Solidago system.