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A framework for community and ecosystem genetics: from genes to ecosystems


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Whitham, TG and Bailey, JK and Schweitzer, JA and Shuster, SM and Bangert, RK and LeRoy, CJ and Lonsdorf, E and Allan, GJ and DiFazio, SP and Potts, BM and Fischer, DG and Gehring, CA and Lindroth, RL and Marks, JC and Hart, SC and Wimp, GM and Wooley, SC (2006) A framework for community and ecosystem genetics: from genes to ecosystems. Nature, 7. pp. 510-523.

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Can heritable traits in a single species affect an entire ecosystem? Recent studies show that such traits in a common tree have predictable effects on community structure and ecosystem processes. Because these ‘community and ecosystem phenotypes’ have a genetic basis and are heritable, we can begin to apply the principles of population and quantitative genetics to place the study of complex communities and ecosystems within an evolutionary framework. This framework could allow us to understand, for the first time, the genetic basis of ecosystem processes, and the effect of such phenomena as climate change and introduced transgenic organisms on entire communities.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Nature
Page Range: pp. 510-523
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1038/nrg1877
Additional Information: BM Potts. Copyright © 2006, Nature Publishing Group
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2008 01:10
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:48
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