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ecotype

(ē′kə-tīp′, ĕk′ə-)
n.
A genetically distinct population of plants, animals, or other organisms that is found in a particular habitat.

e′co·typ′ic (-tĭp′ĭk) adj.

ecotype

the product arising as a result of the response of the GENOTYPE of an organism to the particular habitat in which it lives, for example, Plantago maritima has a height of about 17.5 cm in waterlogged mud and 56 cm in fertile meadow. See also PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY.

ecotype

a breed or race within a species adapted to a specific environment.
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The principle of ecotypic differentiation as a stage of speciation was first set forth by Turesson (1922) and later promoted by Clausen, Keck and Hiesey (1948).
In order to separate ecotypic differentiation from environmental plasticity, it is necessary to grow populations from different regions under the same conditions and measure traits of vigor or reproduction.
Test the hypothesis of ecotypic differentiation in wild-collected populations of Arabidopsis.
Lack of ecotypic differentiation: Plant response to elevation, population origin, and wind in the Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico.
Ecotypic response to ultramafic soils by some plant species of northwestern United States.
Ecotypic differentiation in the ultramafic flora of the South Island, New Zealand.
It is not clear that differences in the two studies indicate a significant ecotypic variation in seed germination; however, Plummer et al.
Numerous studies of geographical and ecotypic variation within species have been attempted that deal with this kind of genetic variation (Clausen & Hiesey, 1958; Bradshaw, 1984).