An Evolutionary Approach to Understanding the Biology of Invasions: Local Adaptation and General‐Purpose Genotypes in the Weed Verbascum thapsus

@article{Parker2003AnEA,
  title={An Evolutionary Approach to Understanding the Biology of Invasions: Local Adaptation and General‐Purpose Genotypes in the Weed Verbascum thapsus},
  author={Ingrid M. Parker and Josephine J. Rodriguez and Michael E. Loik},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
  year={2003},
  volume={17}
}
Abstract: The role of evolution in the invasion of non‐native species has important implications for conservation, weed science, risk assessment, and policy. In this paper we first discuss why an evolutionary perspective can be helpful and outline a range of potentially useful approaches from population biology and ecological genetics. As a case study, we then ask how adaptation and genetic structure may promote or constrain the expansion of an invasive weed, Verbascum thapsus, into high… 
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