3 years ago

Phenotypic plasticity and developmental innovations in nematodes

Developmental plasticity has been implicated as a facilitator for phenotypic diversification, but the molecular mechanisms controlling it are largely unknown. We review recent comparative analyses in non-Caenorhabditis nematodes that display polyphenisms in larval development, mouth morphology and reproductive mode. Some of the challenges ahead will be to connect how these phenotypic traits are linked to each other at the molecular level, and at the ecological level. This will require sampling of several nematode species, the characterization of their ecology and the employment of both classical genetics and recently developed technological advances, such as genome editing.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0959437X16300570

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