Articles | Volume 44, issue 2
10 Oct 2001
 | 10 Oct 2001

Heterozygosity between populations – a possible alternative to measures of genetic distance

J. Wolf, G. Dietl, D. Peskovicová, D. Sumpf, and M. Langhammer

Abstract. It is shown that the heterozygosity between two populations defined as the expected proportion of heterozygotes in their cross can be used as a complement to measures of genetic distance. This new measure has favourable mathematical properties (fulfils the triangular inequality) and can be well interpreted from the biological point of view. Its main importance will be in comparing (potential) crosses amongst each other.