Local Adaptation in Heterogeneous Landscapes

Jessica W. Wright and Maureen L. Stanton

in Serpentine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268357
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948457 | DOI:
Local Adaptation in Heterogeneous Landscapes

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Reciprocal transplant experiments in general, and those involving serpentine systems in particular, are important tools for understanding plant adaptation to heterogeneous environments. This chapter discusses several important factors that should be considered when designing reciprocal transplant or common garden experiments. It stresses that proper replication of such experiments across multiple sites, using experimental lineages (potentially including recombinant lines) in combination with detailed edaphic measurements and/or manipulations, can help us learn about the specific traits which may be under diversifying selection across soil types, and the axes of environmental variation that are most critical to that diversification.

Keywords: serpentine systems; plant adaptation; diversifying selection; environmental variation; diversification

Chapter.  9920 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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