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Dominance and Its Evolution


Bürger, R; Bagheri, Homayoun C (2008). Dominance and Its Evolution. In: Jorgensen, S E; Fath, B. Encyclopedia of Ecology. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 945-952.

Abstract

Dominance is a ubiquitous phenomenon of great evolutionary importance. We review empirical facts about the degree of dominance, present theories explaining its molecular basis, outline empirical facts and theories on the evolutionary modification of dominance, and discuss the controversies revolving around this topic. We conclude that molecular pathways can often generate dominance due to inherent physiological constraints, and that the latter do not necessarily require evolutionary explanations based on selection. Nonetheless, molecular pathways can allow for dominance modification, and hence, dominance evolution. Furthermore, evolution of dominance has been demonstrated in many well-studied ecological settings, and whether due to selection or otherwise, their evolutionary origin needs to be addressed.

Dominance is a ubiquitous phenomenon of great evolutionary importance. We review empirical facts about the degree of dominance, present theories explaining its molecular basis, outline empirical facts and theories on the evolutionary modification of dominance, and discuss the controversies revolving around this topic. We conclude that molecular pathways can often generate dominance due to inherent physiological constraints, and that the latter do not necessarily require evolutionary explanations based on selection. Nonetheless, molecular pathways can allow for dominance modification, and hence, dominance evolution. Furthermore, evolution of dominance has been demonstrated in many well-studied ecological settings, and whether due to selection or otherwise, their evolutionary origin needs to be addressed.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:21 Jan 2009 16:52
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:44
Publisher:Elsevier
Number:2
Related URLs:http://opac.nebis.ch/F/?local_base=NEBIS&con_lng=GER&func=find-b&find_code=SYS&request=005558608
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Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-8584

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