Evolution of plasticity: mechanistic link between development and reversible acclimation

Beaman, Julian E., White, Craig R. and Seebacher, Frank (2016) Evolution of plasticity: mechanistic link between development and reversible acclimation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31 3: 237-249. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.01.004


Author Beaman, Julian E.
White, Craig R.
Seebacher, Frank
Title Evolution of plasticity: mechanistic link between development and reversible acclimation
Journal name Trends in Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
1872-8383
Publication date 2016-03
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2016.01.004
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 237
End page 249
Total pages 13
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Phenotypic characteristics of animals can change independently from changes in the genetic code. These plastic phenotypic responses are important for population persistence in changing environments. Plasticity can be induced during early development, with persistent effects on adult phenotypes, and it can occur reversibly throughout life (acclimation). These manifestations of plasticity have been viewed as separate processes. Here we argue that developmental conditions not only change mean trait values but also modify the capacity for acclimation. Acclimation counteracts the potentially negative effects of phenotype–environment mismatches resulting from epigenetic modifications during early development. Developmental plasticity is therefore also beneficial when environmental conditions change within generations. Hence, the evolution of reversible acclimation can no longer be viewed as independent from developmental processes.
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