Special Issue: Evolutionary Consequences of Epigenetic Inheritance
Epigenetic inheritance is the non-genetic inheritance of a modified phenotype across generations, and while its occurrence is well documented, its influence over evolutionary processes is debated. This special issue deals with the evolutionary consequences of epigenetic inheritance and focuses broadly on the evolutionary forces selecting for epigenetic inheritance, its costs and importance for adaptation. Moreover, several contributions specifically highlight the effects of paternal trans-generational epigenetic inheritance, which until now have received comparatively little attention. The contributions to this special issue give an important snapshot of the state of the adaptive epigenetic inheritance field, highlight its evolutionary consequences and point out important directions forward.
Guest Editors: Foteini Spagopoulou and Martin Lind, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Animal Ecology, Uppsala University, Sweden