What can genetic association panels tell us about evolutionary processes in insects?
Charles Robin, Paul Battlay, Alexandre Fournier-Level
CURRENT OPINION IN INSECT SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2019
If we are to fully comprehend the evolution of insect diversity at a genomic level we need to understand how natural selection can alter genetically encoded characters within populations. Genetic association panels have the potential to be standard bearers in this endeavour. They enable the mapping of phenotypes to genotypes at unprecedented resolution while simultaneously providing population genomic samples that can be interrogated for the tell-tale signs of selection. Analyses of these panels promise to elucidate the entanglement of gene ontologies, pathways, developmental processes and evolutionary constraints, and inform how these are shaped by adaptation.