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Environmental Effect on Phenotype
Episode 1032nd June 2021 • My AP Biology Thoughts • Hopewell Valley Student Publications Network
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Unit 5 Heredity

Welcome to My AP Biology Thoughts podcast, my name is Nikki Evich and I am your host for episode #103 called Unit 5 Heredity Environmental Effect on Phenotype. Today we will be discussing how the environment can alter phenotypes.

Segment 1: Introduction to Environmental Effect on Phenotype

  • Phenotype is determined by genotype 
  • Genotype and environment work together to determine phenotype
  • temperature, oxygen levels, humidity, light cycles, and the presence of mutagens can all impact which of an animal's genes are expressed, which ultimately affects the animal's phenotype
  • These can turn on and off genes

Segment 2: More About Environmental Effect on Phenotype

  •  Fur color
  • These rabbits and cats have a mutant allele for the coat color gene that is white
  • The enzyme encoded by the gene is inactive at temperatures above about 35 degrees
  • The extremities are cooler than the main body (around 25 degrees), so the fur on these regions is dark.

Segment 3: Connection to the Course

  •  Environmental pressures drive diversity in ecosystems
  • Phenotypic diversity is caused by not only genetics, but the environment as well
  • A higher diversity in ecosystems allows populations to be better suited for sudden changes to their ecosystem

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