Digest about experimental evolution paper
I recently wrote a digest for the journal Evolution!
Digests are a relatively new type of article in Evolution that encourage scientists to increase the broad appeal of recent work in the journal by publishing short articles in response to recent papers in Evolution. You can learn more about how to write a digest and the articles that may be currently available here.
This was my second time working on a digest. I enjoy writing them when a paper comes out in Evolution that I’m excited about—it’s a fun way to engage with the literature and interact with people in the community.
This digest focused on a new paper that used an experimental evolution approach to test key questions about the evolution of generalized flowers, or flowers that may receive visits from a number of different types of pollinators. There aren’t a ton of studies that have used experimental evolution to study plant-pollinator interactions. I know some people find these studies to be too far removed from natural systems, but I think they are a great resource for studying evolution in real time and testing predictions from theory.