Leveraging contemporary species introductions to test phylogenetic hypotheses of trait evolution

Patricia Lu-Irving, Hannah E. Marx, Katrina M Dlugosch

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Abstract

Plant trait evolution is a topic of interest across disciplines and scales. Phylogenetic studies are powerful for generating hypotheses about the mechanisms that have shaped plant traits and their evolution. Introduced plants are a rich source of data on contemporary trait evolution. Introductions could provide especially useful tests of a variety of evolutionary hypotheses because the environments selecting on evolving traits are still present. We review phylogenetic and contemporary studies of trait evolution and identify areas of overlap and areas for further integration. Emerging tools which can promote integration include broadly focused repositories of trait data, and comparative models of trait evolution that consider both intra and interspecific variation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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