Forward from the crossroads of ecology and evolution

Jennifer K. Rowntree, David M. Shuker, Richard F. Preziosi

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    Community genetics is a synthesis of community ecology and evolutionary biology. It examines how genetic variation within a species affects interactions among species to change ecological community structure and diversity. The use of community genetics approaches has greatly expanded in recent years and the evidence for ecological effects of genetic diversity is growing. The goal of current community genetics research is to determine the circumstances in which, and the mechanisms by which community genetic effects occur and is the focus of the papers in this special issue. We bring a new group of researchers into the community genetics fold. Using a mixture of empirical research, literature reviews and theoretical development, we introduce novel concepts and methods that we hope will enable us to develop community genetics into the future. © 2011 The Royal Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1322-1328
    Number of pages6
    JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
    Issue number1569
    Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2011


    • Community genetics
    • Cross-species genetic correlations
    • Database of effects
    • Indirect genetic effects


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