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The evolution of chemodiversity - From verbal to quantitative models
  • Frans Thon,
  • Caroline Müller,
  • Meike Wittmann
Frans Thon
Bielefeld University

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Caroline Müller
Bielefeld University
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Meike Wittmann
Bielefeld University
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Plants harbour a great chemodiversity, i.e., diversity of specialized metabolites (SMs), at different scales. For instance, individuals can produce a large number of SMs and populations can differ in their metabolite composition. Given the ecological and economic importance of plant chemodiversity, it is important to understand how it arises and is maintained over evolutionary time. For other dimensions of biodiversity, i.e., species diversity and genetic diversity, quantitative models play an important role in addressing such questions. Here we provide a synthesis of existing hypotheses and quantitative models, i.e. mathematical models and computer simulations, for the evolution of plant chemodiversity. We describe each model’s ingredients, i.e., the biological processes that shape chemodiversity, the scales it considers, and whether it has been formalized as a quantitative model. Although we identify several quantitative models, not all are dynamic and many influential models have remained verbal. To fill these gaps, we identify quantitative models used for genetic variation that may be adapted for chemodiversity. We end by outlining our vision for the future of chemodiversity modeling, presenting a flexible framework for the creation of individual-based models that address different scales of chemodiversity and combine different ingredients that bring this chemodiversity about.
07 Jul 2023Submitted to Ecology Letters
10 Jul 2023Submission Checks Completed
10 Jul 2023Assigned to Editor
10 Jul 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
17 Jul 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
04 Sep 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Major
31 Oct 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
31 Oct 20231st Revision Received
31 Oct 2023Submission Checks Completed
31 Oct 2023Assigned to Editor
01 Nov 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned