Stranger Fruit

A new journal, titled Evolutionary Applications, has just appeared and the 2008 contents will be available online for free.

Evolution now permeates essentially all aspects of biology, and evolutionary concepts and methods are being applied to problems of considerable practical importance. For example, concepts in evolutionary biology guide research to reduce drug resistance of pathogens and parasites, to discover ways of ensuring the long term genetic health of endangered species and some crop foods, to improve the understanding of the ultimate causes of medical diseases, and to predict the genetic response of populations to climate change.

Evolutionary Applications provides a unique forum for publication by researchers who share interests in both improving our understanding of evolutionary processes and using such knowledge to address questions of practical relevance for human welfare. The elevated communication facilitated by Evolutionary Applications serves to formalize the field of "applied evolutionary biology" and to accelerate progress in this dynamic and relevant research area.

Evolutionary Applications publishes papers that utilize concepts from evolutionary biology to address biological questions of health, social and economic relevance. Papers are expected to employ evolutionary concepts or methods to make contributions to areas such as (but not limited to): agriculture, aquaculture, biomedicine, biotechnology, conservation biology, disease biology, fisheries and wildlife management and invasion biology.

No doubt the DI (via Egnor) will make the claim that evolutionary concepts have no contribution to make to these areas. But they’d be wrong.