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Rapid evolution of highly variable competitive abilities in a key phytoplankton species

Bach, LT ORCID: 0000-0003-0202-3671, Lohbeck, KT, Reusch, TBH and Riebesell, U 2018 , 'Rapid evolution of highly variable competitive abilities in a key phytoplankton species' , Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol. 2 , pp. 611-613 , doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0474-x.

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Abstract

Climate change challenges plankton communities, but evolutionary adaptation could mitigate the potential impacts. Here, we tested with the phytoplankton species Emiliania huxleyi whether adaptation to a stressor under laboratory conditions leads to equivalent fitness gains in a more natural environment. We found that fitness advantages that had evolved under laboratory conditions were masked by pleiotropic effects in natural plankton communities. Moreover, new genotypes with highly variable competitive abilities evolved on timescales significantly shorter than climate change.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bach, LT and Lohbeck, KT and Reusch, TBH and Riebesell, U
Keywords: experimental evolution, phytoplankton, coccolithophore, ocean acidification
Journal or Publication Title: Nature Ecology and Evolution
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2397-334X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1038/s41559-018-0474-x
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