Different lines of evidence suggest that divergence in plasticity plays a key role in adaptation to global environmental change. Many scientists argue that genetic variation in plastic responses to the environment (G × E) could be an important predictor of species' vulnerabilities to climate change. But there is not a general pattern among either experimental or theoretical studies. Plasticity acting at the level of the individual is considered a rapid mechanism for surviving under rapidly changing conditions. But plasticity can also retard adaptation by shifting the distribution of phenotypes in the population, shielding it from natural selection. We know that not all plastic responses are adaptive. I will illustrate some examples of ecological traps, and, for the case of plants, the paradoxical decision regarding roots that we are far from understanding and modelling. Plasticity may buy time for populations, but whether it will be enough, given the rate of environmental change, is unknown.
ISGlobal will be present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25), in Madrid, from December 2 to 13, and will organise the parallel event "Planetary health: A balance between the welfare of the planet and that of humans".
Ester Galende, BC3 PhD Student working on Paris Reinforce H2020 project, took part at COY 15. The COY is a youth conference on the environmental and climatic emergency that takes place every year before the COP in which young people have the opportunity to share our experiences and unify our opinions to be able to defend them later in the negotiations.
Researchers from different national research centers join their voices at COP25 to call for a climate action. María José Sanz, scientific director of BC3, has participated together with other researchers and directors to deliver the message of action.
Financiado por el Ministerio de Ciencia Innovación y Universidades y la Agencia Estatal de Investigación,
a través de la Convocatoria: Maria de Maeztu 2017 (BOE 21/10/2017) siendo la referencia de nuestro expediente: MDM-2017-0714
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