Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Founder Effect

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3880

The genetic pattern resulting from introduction of a small population into a new area, and the subsequent divergence from the parental stock. The new population, after a period of time, may no longer be compatible with the original population and is incapable of interbreeding.

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