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New frontiers in community and ecosystem genetics for theory, conservation, and management


Bailey, JK and Genug, MA and O'Reilly-Wapstra, J and Potts, B and Rowntree, J and Schweitzer, JA and Whitham, TG, New frontiers in community and ecosystem genetics for theory, conservation, and management, New Phytologist, 193, (1) pp. 24-26. ISSN 0028-646X (2012) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03973.x


The effects of genetic variation in species can have large impacts on direct and indirect species interactions, associated biodiversity and ecosystem function. Biodiversity and ecosystem function can change as a consequence of evolutionary dynamics (Barbour et al., 2009), thus, linking evolution strongly with community and ecosystem ecology. At the 2011 International Botanical Congress in Melbourne, Australia, a symposium entitled, ‘Community and ecosystem genetics: the extended genetic effects of plant species’, examined new research in the field of community and ecosystem genetics. Talks focused on: links between contemporary ecological interactions and historic evolutionary dynamics; the role of feedbacks as mechanisms in driving patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem function; and application of these approaches to management and conservation issues as they relate to global change. The symposium concluded that an understanding of evolutionary divergence and adaptation, and the role of ecological feedbacks in natural systems, will be fundamental to successful outcomes in future conservation, restoration and management decisions.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Eucalypt Community genetics Ecological Interactions
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Bailey, JK (Associate Professor Joe Bailey)
UTAS Author:O'Reilly-Wapstra, J (Associate Professor Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra)
UTAS Author:Potts, B (Professor Brad Potts)
UTAS Author:Schweitzer, JA (Dr Jen Schweitzer)
ID Code:80584
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2012-11-05
Last Modified:2013-06-25

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