Population Ecology

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 47–52

From genes to ecosystems: a genetic basis to ecosystem services

Special Feature: Notes and Comments Linking Genome to Ecosystem

DOI: 10.1007/s10144-010-0251-4

Cite this article as:
Bailey, J.K. Popul Ecol (2011) 53: 47. doi:10.1007/s10144-010-0251-4


Ecosystems provide services, many of which are regulated through species interactions. Emerging research in the fields of community and ecosystem genetics indicate that genetic variation in one species can influence species interactions and affect subsequent patterns of energy flow and nutrient cycles. Because there can be a genetic basis to community- and ecosystem-level processes, evolutionary processes that alter standing genetic variation can have extended consequences that matter to patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem function that exist on the landscape. Here we explore some emerging areas of research in the field of community and ecosystem genetics and discuss the general importance of this approach to evolutionary ecology.


Biodiversity Community genetics Ecosystem function Ecosystem services Evolution Genes to ecosystems 

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© The Society of Population Ecology and Springer 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Plant ScienceUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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