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Evolution, microbes, and changing ocean conditions


Collins, S and Boyd, PW and Doblin, MA, Evolution, microbes, and changing ocean conditions, Annual Review of Marine Science, 12 pp. 181-208. ISSN 1941-1405 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1146/annurev-marine-010318-095311


Experimental evolution and the associated theory are underutilized in marine microbial studies; the two fields have developed largely in isolation. Here, we review evolutionary tools for addressing four key areas of ocean global change biology: linking plastic and evolutionary trait changes, the contribution of environmental variability to determining trait values, the role of multiple environmental drivers in trait change, and the fate of populations near their tolerance limits. Wherever possible, we highlight which data from marine studies could use evolutionary approaches and where marine model systems can advance our understanding of evolution. Finally, we discuss the emerging field of marine microbial experimental evolution. We propose a framework linking changes in environmental quality (defined as the cumulative effect on population growth rate) with population traits affecting evolutionary potential, in order to understand which evolutionary processes are likely to be most important across a range of locations for different types of marine microbes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:experimental evolution, marine microbiology, global change, multiple stressors, plasticity, environmental fluctuation, evolutionary rescue, driver emergence, carbon dioxide
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbial genetics
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Boyd, PW (Professor Philip Boyd)
ID Code:150322
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-06-08
Last Modified:2022-07-19

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