Constraint to adaptive evolution in response to global warming

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Abstract

We characterized the genetic architecture of three populations of a native North American prairie plant in field conditions that simulate the warmer and more arid climates predicted by global climate models. Despite genetic variance for traits under selection, among-trait genetic correlations that are antagonistic to the direction of selection limit adaptive evolution within these populations. Predicted rates of evolutionary response are much slower than the predicted rate of climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume294
Issue number5540
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 5 2001

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