Panthers are also susceptible to a respiratory infection [feline calicivirus]. Individuals in a population, who are homozygous dominant or heterozygous for genes encoding parasite or pathogen resistance, are more likely to resist an infection or parasite. Currently, population estimates of the Florida panther range from 100 – 160 individuals. Let’s assume that the population equals 160. During a particularly bad calicivirus outbreak, 40 Florida panthers die as a result of the infection. Using this information, answer the following questions utilizing the Hardy – Weinberg equation when necessary.
What is the most likely genotype of the affected panthers that died from the respiratory infection? Use the letter “A” for your symbol.
What percentage of the population is most likely resistant to the calicivirus infection?