Data from: Evolution and maintenance of haploid-diploid life cycles in natural populations: the case of the marine brown alga Ectocarpus

Lucía Couceiro, Mickael Le Gac, Heather M. Hunsperger, Stéphane Mauger, Christophe Destombe, J. Mark Cock, Sophia Ahmed, Susana M. Coelho, Myriam Valero & Akira F. Peters
The evolutionary stability of haploid-diploid life cycles is still controversial. Mathematical models indicate that niche differences between ploidy phases may be a necessary condition for the evolution and maintenance of these life cycles. Nevertheless, experimental support for this prediction remains elusive. In the present work, we explored this hypothesis in natural populations of the brown alga Ectocarpus. Consistent with the life cycle described in culture, E. crouaniorum in NW France and E. siliculosus in SW...
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