Though the experiment was limited to two genotypes of a single species, these findings support the idea that whole genome duplication can indeed increase plasticity.
Can new genomic tools help us to understand the evolution of polyploid species?
…as in not tall, rather than apocalyptic.
For the first time, whole-genome cytogenomic maps were established for octoploid plants.
If you could travel in time, what changes in evolution could you see? It might vary depending on the direction in which you go.
Characterizing ecological niches via Landolt indicator values of accompanying species, Sonnleitner et al. found that niches of four groups (two diploids, one tetraploid, one hexaploid) of Senecio carniolicus s.l. (Asteraceae) differed with respect to temperature, light and soil properties, but not in their breadths.
Polyploids may be better colonizers because they possess higher genetic diversity, and thus the ability to adapt to changing conditions.