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A framework for community and ecosystem genetics: from genes to ecosystems


Whitham, TG and Bailey, JK and Schweitzer, JA and Shuster, SM and Bangert, RK and LeRoy, CJ and Lonsdorf, EV and Allan, GJ and DiFazio, SP and Potts, BM and Fischer, DG and Gehring, CA and Lindroth, RL and Marks, JC and Hart, SC and Wimp, GM and Wooley, SC, A framework for community and ecosystem genetics: from genes to ecosystems, Nature Reviews Genetics, 7, (7) pp. 510-523. ISSN 1471-0056 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2006 Nature Publishing Group

DOI: doi:10.1038/nrg1877


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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community and ecosystem genetics, genes, ecosystems, heritable traits, ecosystem processes, climate change, transgenic organisms
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Evolutionary biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Native forests
UTAS Author:Bailey, JK (Associate Professor Joe Bailey)
UTAS Author:Schweitzer, JA (Dr Jen Schweitzer)
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
ID Code:75724
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:793
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2012-02-10
Last Modified:2012-10-31
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