Phenotypic plasticity in development and evolution: facts and concepts

@article{Fusco2010PhenotypicPI,
  title={Phenotypic plasticity in development and evolution: facts and concepts},
  author={Giuseppe Fusco and Alessandro Minelli},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={365},
  pages={547 - 556}
}
  • G. Fusco, A. Minelli
  • Published 27 February 2010
  • Biology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
This theme issue pursues an exploration of the potential of taking into account the environmental sensitivity of development to explaining the evolution of metazoan life cycles, with special focus on complex life cycles and the role of developmental plasticity. The evolution of switches between alternative phenotypes as a response to different environmental cues and the evolution of the control of the temporal expression of alternative phenotypes within an organism's life cycle are here treated… 

Figures from this paper

Evolution and molecular mechanisms of adaptive developmental plasticity

TLDR
This work focuses on recent advances and examples from morphological traits in animals to provide a broad overview of the evolution of developmental plasticity, as well as its relevance to adaptive evolution.

The conceptual structure of evolutionary biology: A framework from phenotypic plasticity

TLDR
The conceptual map I present here includes environmental variability and variation, phenotypic plasticity and natural selection as key concepts in evolutionary biology, which must be taken into account in the development of management and conservation strategies at local and global levels.

Research on phenotypic plasticity in plants: an overview of history, current status, and development trends

TLDR
The phenomenon of plant plasticity is described and its genetic basis and evolution is discussed before exploring the underlying developmental mechanisms, associated growth and adaptation strategies, and ecological consequences.

Defining the Boundaries of Development with Plasticity

TLDR
It is suggested that given a narrow conception of plasticity, one can define temporal boundaries for development that are linked to specific features of the morphological process, which are different from behavioral and physiological processes.

On the Evolutionary Developmental Biology of Speciation

The mainstream approaches to the study of speciation and clade diversification have extensively focused on genetic mechanisms and ecological contexts, while much less attention has been paid to the

Introduction to the symposium-uniting evolutionary and physiological approaches to understanding phenotypic plasticity.

TLDR
This review and the symposium from which it emerged aimed to highlight ways that integrative biologists can better communicate about their research and design better studies to address phenotypic plasticity.

Niche construction and extra-genetic adaptation: Their roles as mechanisms in evolutionary change

TLDR
The aim of this work is to analyze the interrelation between niche construction, extra-genetic adaptation and phenotypic plasticity as evolutionary explanatory mechanisms to act as a bridge between classical approaches of evolutionary theory and as an alternative perspective based on the reversibility of extra- genetic or physiological inheritance.

Developmental Plasticity and Heterokairy

TLDR
Here it is made a case for using the term heterokairy as a way of focusing on altered timing across different biological disciplines, and a road map for such an approach is suggested.

Extending epigenesis: from phenotypic plasticity to the bio-cultural feedback

TLDR
An extended notion of epigenesis acknowledging an actual causal import to the phenotypic dimension for the evolutionary diversification of life forms is proposed and cultural neural reuse may be regarded as a key instance of the bio-cultural feedback and ultimately of the extended concept proposed in this work.
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 70 REFERENCES

Developmental plasticity and the evolution of animal complex life cycles

  • A. MinelliG. Fusco
  • Biology, Psychology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2010
TLDR
It is hypothesized that a diversity of phenotypes arranged in developmental sequence throughout an animal's life cycle may have evolved by genetic assimilation of alternative phenotypes originally triggered by environmental cues.

Evolution of phenotypic plasticity: patterns of plasticity and the emergence of ecotypes.

TLDR
Phenotypic plasticity as a major mechanism for evolution--such as, invading new niches, speciation or macroevolution--has, at present, neither empirical nor model support.

Phenotypic plasticity : functional and conceptual approaches

TLDR
The genotype-environment interaction and evolution when the environment contains genes and the role of phenotypic plasticity in evolutionary diversification is studied.

Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture

TLDR
Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture by Massimo Pigliucci is a fascinating read and will not fail to stimulate new insight into this most important topic.

Phenotypic plasticity and diversity in insects

  • A. Moczek
  • Biology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2010
TLDR
It is argued that phenotypic plasticity generates novel targets for evolutionary processes to act on, as well as brings about trade-offs during development and evolution, thereby diversifying evolutionary trajectories available to natural populations.

Theoretical Approaches to the Evolution of Development and Genetic Architecture

  • S. Rice
  • Biology
    Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 2008
TLDR
Some of the principal questions to which these theoretical methods have been applied, including the evolution of canalization, modularity, and developmental associations between traits, are considered.

Environmental and genetic cues in the evolution of phenotypic polymorphism

TLDR
From the point of view of adaptation, genetic cues in the form of allelic variation at polymorphic loci can play similar roles as environmental cues in providing information to the developmental system about coming selective conditions, and can increase the understanding of the evolution of phenotypic polymorphism.

The role of phenotypic plasticity in driving genetic evolution

TLDR
The role of phenotypic plasticity in stimulating evolution is assessed by considering two examples from birds: (i) the evolution of red and yellow plumage coloration due to carotenoid consumption; and (ii) the Evolution of foraging behaviours on islands.

Developmental plasticity and the origin of species differences

  • M. West-Eberhard
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2005
TLDR
It is argued that the origin of species differences, and of novel phenotypes in general, involves the reorganization of ancestral phenotypes (developmental recombination) followed by the genetic accommodation of change.
...