Hypothesis 1: "Seed distribution hypothesis," if dispersal is at random then the per sub-plot variance to mean ratio of the distribution of seeds is not statistically different from a Poisson process.
Results of the yearly variance to mean ratio for seedlings from 2002 to 2006 show that seedling recruitment and seeding establishment are clumped (Table 1).
35 and the high values of the variance to mean ratios indicates the over dispersed distribution of the parasite in the host population.
Table 1: Seasonal changes in prevalence, relative density and variance to mean ratios of M.
All values reported for average number of lethals, inbreeding depression, and variance to mean ratio of recessive lethal mutations, are the values experienced during the sexual generation of the pseudoequilibrium cycles.
The variance to mean ratio also increased with asexuality [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2C OMITTED].