Evolution as an ecosystem process: insights from genomics

Matthews, Blake; Best, Rebecca J.; Feulner, Philine G.D.; Narwani, Anita; Limberger, Romana; Morgan, Ted (2018). Evolution as an ecosystem process: insights from genomics. Genome, 61(4), pp. 298-309. National Research Council of Canada 10.1139/gen-2017-0044

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Evolution is a fundamental ecosystem process. The study of genomic variation of organisms can not only improve ourunderstanding of evolutionary processes, but also of contemporary and future ecosystem dynamics. We argue that integrativeresearch between the fields of genomics and ecosystem ecology could generate new insights. Specifically, studies of biodiversityand ecosystem functioning, evolutionary rescue, and eco-evolutionary dynamics could all benefit from information aboutvariation in genome structure and the genetic architecture of traits, whereas genomic studies could benefit from informationabout the ecological context of evolutionary dynamics. We propose new ways to help link research on functional genomicdiversity with (reciprocal) interactions between phenotypic evolution and ecosystem change. Despite numerous challenges, weanticipate that the wealth of genomic data being collected on natural populations will improve our understanding of ecosystems.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE)
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE) > Aquatic Ecology

UniBE Contributor:

Feulner, Philine

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

0831-2796

Publisher:

National Research Council of Canada

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marcel Häsler

Date Deposited:

09 Oct 2019 07:27

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 21:04

Publisher DOI:

10.1139/gen-2017-0044

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.133764

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/133764

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