Is rapid adaptive evolution important in successful invasions?

Dormontt, Eleanor E., Lowe, Andrew J. and Prentis, Peter J. (2011). Is rapid adaptive evolution important in successful invasions?. In David M. Richardson (Ed.), Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton (pp. 175-193) Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Blackwell Publishing. doi:10.1002/9781444329988.ch14

Author Dormontt, Eleanor E.
Lowe, Andrew J.
Prentis, Peter J.
Title of chapter Is rapid adaptive evolution important in successful invasions?
Title of book Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1002/9781444329988.ch14
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781444335859
Editor David M. Richardson
Chapter number 14
Start page 175
End page 193
Total pages 19
Total chapters 30
Language eng
Subjects 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
2300 Environmental Science
Formatted Abstract/Summary
...The possible evolutionary determinants of invasion success have received much less attention (Call away & Maron 2006 ), but the past few years have seen a surge in interest, with publications considering evolutionary processes now more common than those with a purely ecological perspective...

In this chapter we begin by looking at two of the main ecological explanations for invasion success, propagule pressure and enemy release. Excellent reviews on these hypotheses already exist (see, for example, Simberloff 2009 ; Orians & Ward 2010 ) so it is not our intention to cover old ground; rather, it is to summarize some of the recent literature and highlight how these ecological features can promote conditions conducive to adaptive evolution. We then examine what the genetic mechanisms behind rapid adaptive evolution might be, highlight the empirical regimes required to distinguish between alternate hypotheses and look towards fruitful future work that can help further clarify the role of rapid adaptive evolution in biological invasions.
Keyword Combined genome scan and QTL mapping approach - identifying genes or small chromosomal regions underlying adaptive phenotypic change
Ecological explanations of invasion success - literature on biological invasions since Elton's seminal publication
Enemy release and rapid adaptive evolution
Enemy release facilitate rapid adaptive evolution
Original study, supporting evidence - for predictions in purple loosestrife
Propagule pressure and rapid adaptive evolution
Rapid adaptive evolution in invasive species
Rapid adaptive evolution-importance in successful invasions
Support for importance of propagule pressure - in biological invasions
Two of main ecological explanations-for invasion success
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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