A framework for community and ecosystem genetics

From genes to ecosystems

Thomas G Whitham, Joseph K. Bailey, Jennifer A. Schweitzer, Stephen M Shuster, Randy K. Bangert, Carri J. Leroy, Eric V. Lonsdorf, Gerard J Allan, Stephen P. DiFazio, Brad M. Potts, Dylan G. Fischer, Catherine A Gehring, Richard L. Lindroth, Jane C Marks, Stephen C. Hart, Gina M. Wimp, Stuart C. Wooley

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Abstract

Can heritable traits in a single species affect an entire ecosystem? Recent studies show that such traits in a common tree have predictable effects on community structure and ecosystem processes. Because these 'community and ecosystem phenotypes' have a genetic basis and are heritable, we can begin to apply the principles of population and quantitative genetics to place the study of complex communities and ecosystems within an evolutionary framework. This framework could allow us to understand, for the first time, the genetic basis of ecosystem processes, and the effect of such phenomena as climate change and introduced transgenic organisms on entire communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-523
Number of pages14
JournalNature Reviews Genetics
Volume7
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2006

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Ecosystem
ecosystems
Genes
genes
Genetically Modified Organisms
Climate Change
quantitative genetics
Population Genetics
population genetics
community structure
climate change
genetically modified organisms
Phenotype
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organisms

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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Whitham, T. G., Bailey, J. K., Schweitzer, J. A., Shuster, S. M., Bangert, R. K., Leroy, C. J., ... Wooley, S. C. (2006). A framework for community and ecosystem genetics: From genes to ecosystems. Nature Reviews Genetics, 7(7), 510-523. https://doi.org/10.1038/nrg1877

A framework for community and ecosystem genetics : From genes to ecosystems. / Whitham, Thomas G; Bailey, Joseph K.; Schweitzer, Jennifer A.; Shuster, Stephen M; Bangert, Randy K.; Leroy, Carri J.; Lonsdorf, Eric V.; Allan, Gerard J; DiFazio, Stephen P.; Potts, Brad M.; Fischer, Dylan G.; Gehring, Catherine A; Lindroth, Richard L.; Marks, Jane C; Hart, Stephen C.; Wimp, Gina M.; Wooley, Stuart C.

In: Nature Reviews Genetics, Vol. 7, No. 7, 07.2006, p. 510-523.

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Whitham, TG, Bailey, JK, Schweitzer, JA, Shuster, SM, Bangert, RK, Leroy, CJ, Lonsdorf, EV, Allan, GJ, DiFazio, SP, Potts, BM, Fischer, DG, Gehring, CA, Lindroth, RL, Marks, JC, Hart, SC, Wimp, GM & Wooley, SC 2006, 'A framework for community and ecosystem genetics: From genes to ecosystems', Nature Reviews Genetics, vol. 7, no. 7, pp. 510-523. https://doi.org/10.1038/nrg1877
Whitham, Thomas G ; Bailey, Joseph K. ; Schweitzer, Jennifer A. ; Shuster, Stephen M ; Bangert, Randy K. ; Leroy, Carri J. ; Lonsdorf, Eric V. ; Allan, Gerard J ; DiFazio, Stephen P. ; Potts, Brad M. ; Fischer, Dylan G. ; Gehring, Catherine A ; Lindroth, Richard L. ; Marks, Jane C ; Hart, Stephen C. ; Wimp, Gina M. ; Wooley, Stuart C. / A framework for community and ecosystem genetics : From genes to ecosystems. In: Nature Reviews Genetics. 2006 ; Vol. 7, No. 7. pp. 510-523.
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