GS9: Epigenomics in Evolution

Date: March 01, 2023            


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Epigenomic variation functions as a conduit between genomic variation and environmental cues and can regulate genomic expression in response to the environment. Furthermore, environmentally-induced epigenetic changes can be passed on to offspring and even persist multiple generations. Recently, empirical studies testing the role of epigenomic variation in eco-evolutionary processes are increasing, something hitherto mostly discussed theoretically.

With this symposium, we aim to attract research that elucidates key questions relating to the contribution of epigenetic variation to evolution including:

1) How does the epigenome respond to environmental challenges, and how does epigenetic variation contribute to evolutionary processes?

2) What are the fitness consequences of epigenomic variation for individuals, populations or species?

3) How does epigenomic variation evolve over time, and across generations?

The goal is to bring together approaches that characterize epigenomic variation across taxonomic groups in experimental and field studies, and to test its role in ecologically relevant settings, across generations and at different organisational levels.

Invited Speakers:

Dafni Anastasiadi (Plant and Food Research, NZ), Sheri Johnson (Univ of Otago, NZ), Clare Venney (Université Laval, Canada), Maren Wellenreuther (Plant and Food Research and the Univ of Auckland, NZ)

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