Plant coevolution: evidences and new challenges

Andrea Occhipinti
2013 Journal of Plant Interactions  
Coevolution has been defined as the reciprocal genetic change in interacting species owing to natural selection imposed by each on the other. The process of coevolution between plants and the surrounding biota Á including viruses, fungi, bacteria, nematodes, insects, and mammals Á is considered by many biologists to have generated much of the earth's biological diversity. While much of the discussion on plant coevolution focuses on single plantÁenemy interactions, a wide array of other micro
more » ... macro coevolutive processes co-occur in the same individual plant, posing the question whether we should talk about plant coevolutions. In this review article, I begin by briefly discussing the framework of coevolution theory and explore the complexities of studying coevolution in natural conditions. Then I analyze the difference between plants, microbes and animal coevolution, by exploring the above-and below-ground behaviors.
doi:10.1080/17429145.2013.816881 fatcat:tw4l7dinerfxbha7r6otdsayjm