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Dynamical trade-offs arise from antagonistic coevolution and decrease intraspecific diversity

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Huang,  Weini
Department Evolutionary Theory, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Traulsen,  Arne
Department Evolutionary Theory, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Werner,  Benjamin
Department Evolutionary Theory, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Becks,  Lutz
Emmy-Noether-Group Community Dynamics, Department Evolutionary Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Huang, W., Traulsen, A., Werner, B., Hiltunen, T., & Becks, L. (2017). Dynamical trade-offs arise from antagonistic coevolution and decrease intraspecific diversity. Nature Communications, 8: 2059 (2017). doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01957-8.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0000-2F50-2
Abstract
Trade-offs play an important role in evolution. Without trade-offs, evolution would maximize fitness of all traits leading to a “master of all traits”. The shape of trade-offs has been shown to determine evolutionary trajectories and is often assumed to be static and independent of the actual evolutionary process. Here we propose that coevolution leads to a dynamical trade-off. We test this hypothesis in a microbial predator–prey system and show that the bacterial growth-defense trade-off changes from concave to convex, i.e., defense is effective and cheap initially, but gets costly when predators coevolve. We further explore the impact of such dynamical trade-offs by a novel mathematical model incorporating de novo mutations for both species. Predator and prey populations diversify rapidly leading to higher prey diversity when the trade-off is concave (cheap). Coevolution results in more convex (costly) trade-offs and lower prey diversity compared to the scenario where only the prey evolves.