Persistence of phenotypic plasticity

  • Outreach publications
  • May, 2016

Fragata, I., Simões, P., Matos, M. & Santos, M. (2016) Persistence of phenotypic plasticity. UABDivulga, Barcelona Research and Innovation. Spain.


Phenotypic plasticity is the ability of organisms to change their phenotype according to the environment. While plasticity is important to cope with environmental changes, it may also be costly and be lost during evolution in a constant, non-challenging environment. In this study, we analyzed the evolution of thermal plasticity in an environment with a constant temperature. We observed that plasticity was not lost, though some differences between populations occurred during the evolution.