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Publications [#229657] of H. Frederik Nijhout

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  1. Suzuki, Y; Nijhout, HF, Evolution of a polyphenism by genetic accommodation., Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 311 no. 5761 (February, 2006), pp. 650-652 [16456077], [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/05/25)

    Polyphenisms are adaptations in which a genome is associated with discrete alternative phenotypes in different environments. Little is known about the mechanism by which polyphenisms originate. We show that a mutation in the juvenile hormone-regulatory pathway in Manduca sexta enables heat stress to reveal a hidden reaction norm of larval coloration. Selection for increased color change in response to heat stress resulted in the evolution of a larval color polyphenism and a corresponding change in hormonal titers through genetic accommodation. Evidently, mechanisms that regulate developmental hormones can mask genetic variation and act as evolutionary capacitors, facilitating the origin of novel adaptive phenotypes.