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Research Article

Species Interactions Alter Evolutionary Responses to a Novel Environment

  • Diane Lawrence mail,

    diane.lawrence08@imperial.ac.uk

    Affiliations: Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Francesca Fiegna,

    Affiliation: Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Volker Behrends,

    Affiliation: Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Jacob G. Bundy,

    Affiliation: Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Albert B. Phillimore,

    Affiliation: Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Thomas Bell,

    Affiliations: Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Timothy G. Barraclough

    Affiliation: Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Published: May 15, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001330

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unintended consequences

Posted by hegolden on 16 May 2012 at 21:02 GMT

These changes meant that the community of bacteria that evolved together used more of the available resources and were thereby more productive than the same group of species that evolved in isolation.
http://plosbiology.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001330#article1.front1.article-meta1.abstract3.p1

Seems to me this represents some support for "group selection".

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