Special Issue "Epigenetics and Adaptation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018) | Viewed by 20665
Interests: evolution; epigenetics; parasitology; plasticity; systems biology
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Interests: adaptation; phenotypic plasticity; epigenetics; transcriptomics; population genomics
It has become clear that epigenetic mechanisms are often involved in organismal responses to the environment, and, at the same time, that part of the epigenetic code can be transgenerationally stable. However, the extent to which these two phenomena are linked and contribute to the adaptive capacity of natural populations remains unclear. So far, most insights about the determinants of epigenetic variation comes from studies of a few model species. However, high-resolution analysis methods are increasingly being adopted to investigate epigenetic variation also in non-model species and in natural populations. This rapidly broadens our knowledge of the patterns, causes and consequences of epigenetic variation in natural systems. In this special issue, we will provide an update of this research field, in the goal to better understand the stability of inherited epigenetic marks, the type of sequences affected in the genome, the effects of epigenetic variants on phenotypic variation, and the epigenetic mechanisms underlying phenotypic plasticity and adaptation in plants and animals.
Prof. Christoph Grunau
Dr. Jérémy Le Luyer
Dr. Martin Laporte
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- phenotypic plasticity