Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture (Syntheses in Ecology and Evolution)

Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture (Syntheses in Ecology and Evolution)

Massimo Pigliucci


For greater than 20 years the concept that of phenotypic plasticity has allowed researchers to move past the nature-nurture dichotomy to achieve deeper insights into how organisms are formed through the interplay of genetic and ecological components. Phenotypic Plasticity: past Nature and Nurture is the 1st paintings to synthesize the burgeoning quarter of plasticity experiences, offering a conceptual review in addition to a technical remedy of its significant components.

Phenotypic plasticity integrates the insights of ecological genetics, developmental biology, and evolutionary idea. Plasticity study asks foundational questions on how dwelling organisms are in a position to version of their genetic make-up and of their responses to environmental components. for example, how do novel adaptive phenotypes originate? How do organisms become aware of and reply to tense environments? what's the stability among genetic or average constraints (such as gravity) and usual choice? the writer starts off by way of defining phenotypic plasticity and detailing its historical past, together with very important experiments and strategies of statistical and graphical research. He then offers prolonged examples of the molecular foundation of plasticity, the plasticity of improvement, the ecology of plastic responses, and the function of prices and constraints within the evolution of plasticity. a short epilogue seems at how plasticity experiences make clear the nature/nurture debate within the renowned media.

Phenotypic Plasticity: past Nature and Nurture completely experiences greater than twenty years of study, and hence could be of curiosity to either scholars and pros in evolutionary biology, ecology, and genetics.

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