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Trends Ecol Evol. 1998 Aug 1;13(8):329-32.

Rapid evolution as an ecological process.

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Depts of Botany and Zoology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4238, USA.


Rapid evolution of interspecific interactions (during a timespan of about 100 years) has the potential to be an important influence on the ecological dynamics of communities. However, despite the growing number of examples, rapid evolution is still not a standard working hypothesis for many ecological studies on the dynamics of population structure or the organization of communities. Analysis of rapid evolution as an ecological process has the potential to make evolutionary ecology one of the most central of applied biological sciences.

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