Hybridization as an evolutionary motor

Research report (imported) 2013 - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Authors
Nolte, Arne W.
Departments
Forschungsgruppe Evolutionsgenetik von Fischen
Summary

Hybrids have fascinated biologist for a long time. The possible role that such individuals of mixed origin may play for evolutionary processes is increasingly considered. Much like crosses that are employed by animal and plant breeders to generate new varieties, natural hybrids can harbor novelty that can convey critical fitness advantages in evolutionary processes. By integrating crossing experiments with screens for the emergence of novel traits, scientists at the institute analyze if novel traits in hybrids play a role as adaptations to new environments.

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