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Genomic Approaches to Understanding Adaptation

Eric J. von Wettberg and Jessica Wright

in Serpentine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268357
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268357.003.0006
Genomic Approaches to Understanding Adaptation

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Serpentine systems are ideally suited for addressing several grand questions in evolutionary biology and ecology. This chapter focuses on two broad areas that encompass many questions about the physiological mechanisms, evolutionary processes, and community dynamics which lead to unique serpentine communities. These questions could be asked in most systems, but are ready for study in serpentine systems: (1) What is the genetic and mechanistic basis of adaptive traits? (2) Are microbes associated with plants in different habitats, and do they contribute to plant adaptation? These queries are recast as particular questions about serpentine-associated plant systems.

Keywords: serpentine systems; adaptive traits; microbes; plant adaptation; habitats

Chapter.  6604 words. 

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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