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Can Evolution Supply What Ecology Demands?
Univ Zurich, Dept Evolutionary Biol & Environm Studies, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland..
Univ Leuven, Lab Aquat Ecol Evolut & Conservat, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium..
Swiss Fed Inst Technol, Inst Integrat Biol, Plant Pathol, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland..
Swiss Fed Inst Technol, Inst Integrat Biol, Plant Ecol Genet, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland..
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2017 (English)In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, ISSN 0169-5347, E-ISSN 1872-8383, Vol. 32, no 3, 187-197 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A simplistic view of the adaptive process pictures a hillside along which a population can climb: when ecological 'demands' change, evolution 'supplies' the variation needed for the population to climb to a new peak. Evolutionary ecologists point out that this simplistic view can be incomplete because the fitness landscape changes dynamically as the population evolves. Geneticists meanwhile have identified complexities relating to the nature of genetic varia-tion and its architecture, and the importance of epigenetic variation is under debate. In this review, we highlight how complexity in both ecological 'demands' and the evolutionary 'supply' influences organisms' ability to climb fitness landscapes that themselves change dynamically as evolution proceeds, and encourage new synthetic effort across research disciplines towards eco-logically realistic studies of adaptation.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE , 2017. Vol. 32, no 3, 187-197 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-320088DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.12.005ISI: 000395611900004PubMedID: 28087070OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-320088DiVA: diva2:1092581
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Available from: 2017-05-03 Created: 2017-05-03 Last updated: 2017-05-03Bibliographically approved

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