Ecological genomics of local adaptation

Nat Rev Genet. 2013 Nov;14(11):807-20. doi: 10.1038/nrg3522.


It is increasingly important to improve our understanding of the genetic basis of local adaptation because of its relevance to climate change, crop and animal production, and conservation of genetic resources. Phenotypic patterns that are generated by spatially varying selection have long been observed, and both genetic mapping and field experiments provided initial insights into the genetic architecture of adaptive traits. Genomic tools are now allowing genome-wide studies, and recent theoretical advances can help to design research strategies that combine genomics and field experiments to examine the genetics of local adaptation. These advances are also allowing research in non-model species, the adaptation patterns of which may differ from those of traditional model species.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / genetics*
  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Ecosystem
  • Fishes / genetics
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genetics, Population
  • Genome*
  • Genomics*
  • Phenotype
  • Plants / genetics
  • Species Specificity