Population proteomics: An emerging discipline to study metapopulation ecology

David G. Biron*, Hugh D. Loxdale, Fleur Ponton, Hercules Moura, Laurent Marché, Christophe Brugidou, Frédéric Thomas

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Proteomics research has developed until recently in a relative isolation from other fast-moving disciplines such as ecology and evolution. This is unfortunate since applying proteomics to these disciplines has apparently the potential to open new perspectives. The huge majority of species indeed exhibit over their entire geographic range a metapopulation structure, occupying habitats that are fragmented and heterogeneous in space and/or through time. Traditionally, population genetics is the main tool used to studying metatopulations, as it describes the spatial structure of populations and the level of gene flow between them. In this Viewpoint, we present the reasons why we think that proteomics, because of the level of integration it promotes, has the potential to resolve interesting issues specific to metapopulation biology and adaptive processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1712-1715
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Metapopulation
  • Population
  • Population proteomics


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