Hybrid populations have long been perceived as a threat to distinct lineages and undervalued from a conservation perspective. Now, research suggests that hybrid populations may harbour gene combinations that improve their ability to cope with changing climate conditions.
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Turbek, S.P., Taylor, S.A. Hybridization provides climate resilience. Nat. Clim. Chang. 13, 212–213 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-022-01586-0