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Rapid evolution of highly variable competitive abilities in a key phytoplankton species


Bach, LT and Lohbeck, KT and Reusch, TBH and Riebesell, U, Rapid evolution of highly variable competitive abilities in a key phytoplankton species, Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2 pp. 611-613. ISSN 2397-334X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0474-x


Climate change challenges plankton communities, but evolutionary adaptation could mitigate the potential impacts. Here, we tested with the phytoplankton species Emiliania huxleyi whether adaptation to a stressor under laboratory conditions leads to equivalent fitness gains in a more natural environment. We found that fitness advantages that had evolved under laboratory conditions were masked by pleiotropic effects in natural plankton communities. Moreover, new genotypes with highly variable competitive abilities evolved on timescales significantly shorter than climate change.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:experimental evolution, phytoplankton, coccolithophore, ocean acidification
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological oceanography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Bach, LT (Dr Lennart Bach)
ID Code:133681
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2019-07-05
Last Modified:2019-08-13

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