Volume 122, Number 5, June 2018
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||17 July 2018|
Ecology dictates evolution? About the importance of genetic and ecological constraints in adaptation(a)
1 Wageningen University, Laboratory of Genetics - Droevendaalsesteeg 1, 6708 PB, Wageningen, The Netherlands
2 University of Groningen, GELIFES - Nijenborgh 7, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
3 University of Zambia, Department of Food Science and Nutrition - Great East Road Campus, Lusaka, Zambia
Received: 30 May 2018
Accepted: 28 June 2018
The topography of the adaptive landscape is a major determinant of the course of evolution. In this review we use the adaptive landscape metaphor to highlight the effect of ecology on evolution. We describe how ecological interactions modulate the shape of the adaptive landscape, and how this affects adaptive constraints. We focus on microbial communities as model systems.
PACS: 87.23.-n – Ecology and evolution / 87.23.Kg – Dynamics of evolution / 87.18.Vf – Systems biology
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