Genetics of Adaptation

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April 2005



An enduring controversy in evolutionary biology is the genetic basis of adaptation. Darwin emphasized "many slight differences" as the ultimate source of variation to be acted upon by natural selection. In the early 1900's, this view was opposed by "Mendelian geneticists", who emphasized the importance of "macromutations" in evolution. The Modern Synthesis resolved this controversy, concluding that mutations in genes of very small effect were responsible for adaptive evolution.

A decade ago, Allen Orr and Jerry Coyne reexamined the evidence for this neo-Darwinian view and found that both the theoretical and empirical basis for it were weak. Orr and Coyne encouraged evolutionary biologists to reexamine this neglected question: what is the genetic basis of adaptive evolution?

In this volume, a new generation of biologists have taken up this challenge. Using advances in both molecular genetic and statistical techniques, evolutionary geneticists have made considerable progress in this emerging field. In this volume, a diversity of examples from plant and animal studies provides valuable information for those interested in the genetics and evolution of complex traits.


Natura non facit saltum; R. Mauricio
Theories of adaptation: what they do and don't say; H.A. Orr
Testing hypotheses regarding the genetics of adaptation; P.C. Phillips
QTL mapping and the genetic basis of adaptation: recent developments; Z.-B. Zeng
Sex differences in recombination and mapping adaptations; P.D. Lorch
Genetics and adaptation in structured populations: sex ratio evolution in Silene vulgaris; M.S. Olson, D.E. McCauley, D. Taylor
Studying genetics in adaptive variation in model organisms: flowering time variation in Arabidopsis Iyrata; M. Riihimäki, R. Podolsky, H. Kuittinen, H. Koelewijn, O. Savolainen
Ontogenetics of QTL: the genetic architecture of trichome density over time in Arabidopsis thaliana; R. Mauricio
Epistasis in heterogeneous environments and the potential of maintenance of genetic variation in traits of adaptive significance; D.L. Byers
The genetic basis of adaptation: lessons from concealing colouration in pocket mice; M.W. Nachman
The genetics of adaptation in Drosophila sechellia; C.D. Jones
Back to the future: genetic correlations, adaptation and speciation; S. Via, D.J. Hawthorne
Parallel genotypic adaptation: when evolution repeats itself; T.E. Wood, J.M. Burke, L.H. Rieseberg
Hybridization as a source of evolutionary novelty: leaf shape in a Hawaiian composite; S. Jørgensen, R. Mauricio
Discovery and utilization of QTLs for insect resistance in soybean; H.R. Boerma, D.R. Walker
EAN: 9781402034763
ISBN: 1402034768
Untertitel: 2005. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2005
Seitenanzahl: 216 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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