Environmental change, phenotypic plasticity, and genetic compensation.

@article{Grether2005EnvironmentalCP,
  title={Environmental change, phenotypic plasticity, and genetic compensation.},
  author={Gregory F. Grether},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2005},
  volume={166 4},
  pages={
          E115-23
        }
}
When a species encounters novel environmental conditions, some phenotypic characters may develop differently than in the ancestral environment. Most environmental perturbations of development are likely to reduce fitness, and thus selection would usually be expected to favor genetic changes that restore the ancestral phenotype. I propose the term "genetic compensation" to refer to this form of adaptive evolution. Genetic compensation is a subset of genetic accommodation and the reverse of… CONTINUE READING

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