Development and evolution of adaptive polyphenisms

@article{Nijhout2003DevelopmentAE,
  title={Development and evolution of adaptive polyphenisms},
  author={H. Frederik Nijhout},
  journal={Evolution \& Development},
  year={2003},
  volume={5}
}
  • H. Nijhout
  • Published 2003
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Evolution & Development
SUMMARY Phenotypic plasticity is the primitive character state for most if not all traits. Insofar as developmental and physiological processes obey the laws of chemistry and physics, they will be sensitive to such environmental variables as temperature, nutrient supply, ionic environment, and the availability of various macro‐ and micronutrients. Depending on the effect this phenotypic plasticity has on fitness, evolution may proceed to select either for mechanisms that buffer or canalize the… Expand
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