Predicting C4 Photosynthesis Evolution: Modular, Individually Adaptive Steps on a Mount Fuji Fitness Landscape

@article{Heckmann2013PredictingCP,
  title={Predicting C4 Photosynthesis Evolution: Modular, Individually Adaptive Steps on a Mount Fuji Fitness Landscape},
  author={David Heckmann and Stefanie Schulze and Alisandra K Denton and Udo Gowik and Peter Westhoff and Andreas P. M. Weber and Martin J. Lercher},
  journal={Cell},
  year={2013},
  volume={153},
  pages={1579-1588}
}
An ultimate goal of evolutionary biology is the prediction and experimental verification of adaptive trajectories on macroevolutionary timescales. This aim has rarely been achieved for complex biological systems, as models usually lack clear correlates of organismal fitness. Here, we simulate the fitness landscape connecting two carbon fixation systems: C3 photosynthesis, used by most plant species, and the C4 system, which is more efficient at ambient CO2 levels and elevated temperatures and… CONTINUE READING

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