Forward from the crossroads of ecology and evolution Introduction

Jennifer K. Rowntree, David M. Shuker, Richard F. Preziosi

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Abstract

Community genetics is a synthesis of community ecology and evolutionary biology. It examines how genetic variation within a species affects interactions among species to change ecological community structure and diversity. The use of community genetics approaches has greatly expanded in recent years and the evidence for ecological effects of genetic diversity is growing. The goal of current community genetics research is to determine the circumstances in which, and the mechanisms by which community genetic effects occur and is the focus of the papers in this special issue. We bring a new group of researchers into the community genetics fold. Using a mixture of empirical research, literature reviews and theoretical development, we introduce novel concepts and methods that we hope will enable us to develop community genetics into the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1322-1328
Number of pages7
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences
Volume366
Issue number1569
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2011

Keywords

  • community genetics
  • indirect genetic effects
  • cross-species genetic correlations
  • database of effects
  • COMMUNITY GENETICS
  • GROUP SELECTION
  • ECOSYSTEM GENETICS
  • CONSEQUENCES
  • DYNAMICS
  • HERITABILITY
  • COOPERATION
  • PHENOTYPES
  • APHIDS
  • GENES

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