Understanding and applying biological resilience, from genes to ecosystems
Thorogood, R., Mustonen, V., Aleixo, A., Aphalo, P. J., Asiegbu, F. O., Cabeza, M., Cairns, J., Candolin, U., Cardoso, P., Eronen, J. T., Hällfors, M., Hovatta, I., Juslén, A., Kovalchuk, A., Kulmuni, J., Kuula, L., Mäkipää, R., Ovaskainen, O., Pesonen, A.-K., . . . Vanhatalo, J. (2023). Understanding and applying biological resilience, from genes to ecosystems. NPJ Biodiversity, 2, Article 16. https://doi.org/10.1038/s44185-023-00022-6
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The natural world is under unprecedented and accelerating pressure. Much work on understanding resilience to local and global environmental change has, so far, focussed on ecosystems. However, understanding a system’s behaviour requires knowledge of its component parts and their interactions. Here we call for increased efforts to understand ‘biological resilience’, or the processes that enable components across biological levels, from genes to communities, to resist or recover from perturbations. Although ecologists and evolutionary biologists have the tool-boxes to examine form and function, efforts to integrate this knowledge across biological levels and take advantage of big data (e.g. ecological and genomic) are only just beginning. We argue that combining eco-evolutionary knowledge with ecosystem-level concepts of resilience will provide the mechanistic basis necessary to improve management of human, natural and agricultural ecosystems, and outline some of the challenges in achieving an understanding of biological resilience. ...
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Additional information about fundingThis manuscript is a contribution by members of the HiLIFE (Helsinki Institute for Life Science) Grand Challenge programme in Understanding Biological Resilience (BIORESILIENCE), established after external review by the HiLIFE Scientific Council and funded by the Academy of Finland funding instrument PROFI1 (awarded to the University of Helsinki). Other funding provided to: R.T.: HiLIFE start-up grant (funded by Academy of Finland PROFI1) and Academy of Finland grant no. 133803; J.C.: Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation; P.C.: Kone Foundation; J.K.: HiLIFE Fellows scheme (funded by Academy of Finland PROFI1) and Academy of Finland grant no. 328961; L.K.: Academy of Finland grant no. 12871741; R.M.: Academy of Finland grant no. 312912; O.O.: Academy of Finland grant no. 309581 and Norges Forskningsråd (Research Council of Norway) no. 223257; C.R.P.: HiLIFE Fellows scheme (funded by Academy of Finland PROFI1) and Academy of Finland grant no. 314254. All authors from the Research Centre for Ecological Change were funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. ...
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