Recognition systems and biological invasions

Christine M. Payne, Chadwick V. Tillberg, Andrew V. Suarez

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Recognition systems are an integral component of the biology of all species. The highly tuned nature of many recognition systems may make them particularly sensitive to environmental and genetic changes. In this review, we examine how biological invasions influence recognition systems and discuss how plasticity in recognition systems may contribute to the success of species in new environments. Specifically we discuss how demographic and genetic consequences of the invasion process may influence allorecognition, intraspecific, and interspecific interactions. Possible research directions are discussed including the value of comparing species' recognition systems between native and introduced populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)843-858
Number of pages16
JournalAnnales Zoologici Fennici
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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