Evolutionary consequences of cryptic genetic variation

McGuigan, K.L. and Sgro, C.M. (2009) Evolutionary consequences of cryptic genetic variation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 24 6: 305-311. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2009.02.001

Author McGuigan, K.L.
Sgro, C.M.
Title Evolutionary consequences of cryptic genetic variation
Journal name Trends in Ecology & Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
Publication date 2009-06
Year available 2009
Sub-type Other
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2009.02.001
Volume 24
Issue 6
Start page 305
End page 311
Total pages 7
Editor Lythgoe, K.A.
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd, Trends Journals
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
060411 Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Abstract Phenotypic evolution depends on heritable variation in phenotypes. A central aim of evolutionary biology, therefore, is to understand how processes generating phenotypic variation interact with selection and drift to result in phenotypic evolution. Recent studies have highlighted the propensity for populations to harbor genetic variation that contributes to phenotypic variation only after some environmental or genetic change. Many authors have suggested that release of this cryptic genetic variation by stressful or novel environments can facilitate phenotypic adaptation. However, there is little empirical evidence that stressful or novel environments release cryptic genetic variation, or that, once released, it contributes to phenotypic evolution. We argue that empirical studies are needed to answer these questions, and identify the empirical approaches needed to study the relationship between environment, released cryptic genetic variation and phenotypic evolution.
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