Transgenerational plasticity is adaptive in the wild.

  title={Transgenerational plasticity is adaptive in the wild.},
  author={Laura F Galloway and Julie R. Etterson},
  volume={318 5853},
Plants exhibit adaptive responses to light, but it is not known whether parental plants transmit environmental cues that elicit adaptive responses in offspring. We show that offspring life history (annual versus biennial) is influenced by the maternal light environment (understory versus light gap). This transgenerational plasticity is adaptive when offspring are grown in their maternal light environment, where seeds typically disperse. Projections of population growth show that plants that are… CONTINUE READING
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