Genetic assembly rules and community phenotypes

Randy K. Bangert, Thomas G. Whitham

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Scopus citations


We present a conceptual construct for a genetic based community assembly rule where the genetic composition of a host plant, or resource, affects the structure of the dependent community. This is related to a genetic similarity rule that states that host plants with similar genetic compositions are hosts to similar arthropod communities. We present preliminary data from the Populus system to support this concept. We review the recent literature to evaluate the current state of the assembly rule concept and interpret a set of previous studies in the context of a genetic assembly rule. We suggest that by incorporating this concept into community ecology we can begin to bring an evolutionary perspective to this discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-560
Number of pages12
JournalEvolutionary Ecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Assembly rules
  • Community ecology
  • Genetic-based traits
  • Populus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


Dive into the research topics of 'Genetic assembly rules and community phenotypes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this