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Mitonuclear Ecology

Geoffrey E. Hill


Eukaryotes were born of a chimeric union of two prokaryotes. The legacy of this fusion is organisms with both a nuclear and mitochondrial genome that must work in a coordinated fashion to enable cellular respiration. The coexistence of two genomes in a single organism requires tight coadaptation to enable function. The need for coadaptation, the challenge of co-transmission, and the possibility of genomic conflict between mitochondrial and nuclear genes have profound consequences for the ecology and evolution of eukaryotic life. This book defines mitonuclear ecology as an emerging field that r ... More

Keywords: Mitochondria, coevolution, coadaptation, eukaryote evolution, evolution of sex, senescence, speciation, sexual selection, adaptation, compensatory coevolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198818250
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198818250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey E. Hill, author
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, AL, USA