Adaptive landscape genetics: pitfalls and benefits



    1. Laboratory of Evolutionary Botany, Institute of Biology, Rue Emile-Argand 11, University of Neuchatel, CH-2000 Neuchatel, Switzerland
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    1. WSL, Swiss Federal Institute WSL, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
    2. Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich, Universitätsstrasse 16, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland
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Landscape genetics offers a promising framework for assessing the interactions between the environment and adaptive genetic variation in natural populations. A recent workshop held at the University of Neuchatel brought together leading experts in this field to address current insights and future research directions in adaptive landscape genetics. Considerable amounts of genetic and/or environmental data can now be collected, but the forthcoming challenge is to do more with such manna. This requires a markedly better understanding of the genetic variation that is adaptive and prompts for advances in information management together with the development of a balance between theory and data. Moreover, showing the links between landscapes and adaptive genetic variation will ultimately move the field beyond association studies.