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JournalPhilosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society Of London Series B - Biological Sciences
DatePublished - 12 May 2011
Issue number1569
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)1322-1328
Original languageEnglish


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.

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  • community genetics, indirect genetic effects, cross-species genetic correlations, database of effects, COMMUNITY GENETICS, GROUP SELECTION, ECOSYSTEM GENETICS, CONSEQUENCES, DYNAMICS, HERITABILITY, COOPERATION, PHENOTYPES, APHIDS, GENES

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