Dead or alive: sediment DNA archives as tools for tracking aquatic evolution and adaptation

Marianne Ellegaard, Martha R.J. Clokie, Till Czypionka, Dagmar Frisch, Anna Godhe, Anke Kremp, Andrey Letarov, Terry J. McGenity, Sofia Ribeiro, N. John Anderson

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Abstract

DNA can be preserved in marine and freshwater sediments both in bulk sediment and in intact, viable resting stages. Here, we assess the potential for combined use of ancient, environmental, DNA and timeseries of resurrected long-term dormant organisms, to reconstruct trophic interactions and evolutionary adaptation to changing environments. These new methods, coupled with independent evidence of biotic and abiotic forcing factors, can provide a holistic view of past ecosystems beyond that offered by standard palaeoecology, help us assess implications of ecological and molecular change for contemporary ecosystem functioning and services, and improve our ability to predict adaptation to environmental stress.

Original languageEnglish
Article number169
Number of pages11
JournalCommunications Biology
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2020

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate

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