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Record number 504596
Title Tragedies and Crops : Understanding Natural Selection To Improve Cropping Systems
Author(s) Anten, Niels P.R.; Vermeulen, Peter J.
Source Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31 (2016)6. - ISSN 0169-5347 - p. 429 - 439.
Department(s) Crop and Weed Ecology
Centre for Crop Systems Analysis
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Agro-ecosystems - Evolutionary game theory - Food security - Natural selection

Plant communities with traits that would maximize community performance can be invaded by plants that invest extra in acquiring resources at the expense of others, lowering the overall community performance, a so-called tragedy of the commons (TOC). By contrast, maximum community performance is usually the objective in agriculture. We first give an overview of the occurrence of TOCs in plants, and explore the extent to which past crop breeding has led to trait values that go against an unwanted TOC. We then show how linking evolutionary game theory (EGT) with mechanistic knowledge of the physiological processes that drive trait expression and the ecological aspects of biotic interactions in agro-ecosystems might contribute to increasing crop yields and resource-use efficiency.

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