Extra-genetic inheritance and adaptation to novel environments
Led by Tobias Uller
This project tests recent models of extra-genetic inheritance using state-of-the-art –omics methods to document stress responses of the water flea, Daphnia magna, to toxic cyanobacteria. We are studying how these responses influence later generations through maternal effects and how natural selection subsequently shapes inheritance depending on environmental conditions.
Timing of maternal exposure to toxic cyanobacteria and offspring fitness in Daphnia magna: Implications for the evolution of anticipatory maternal effects.
Radersma R, Hegg A, Noble DWA, Uller T. 2018. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4700.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification