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Adaptive transgenerational effects remain significant
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  • Yuan-Ye Zhang,
  • Junjie Yin,
  • Ming Zhou,
  • Zeru Lin,
  • Qingshun Q. Li
Yuan-Ye Zhang
Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems, Xiamen University
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Junjie Yin
Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems, Xiamen University
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Ming Zhou
Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems, Xiamen University
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Zeru Lin
Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems, Xiamen University
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Qingshun Q. Li
Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems, Xiamen University
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Peer review status:ACCEPTED

13 Jul 2020Submitted to Ecology Letters
13 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
13 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed
17 Jul 2020Editorial Decision: Accept

Abstract

The comment by Sánchez-Tójar et al. (2020, Ecol Lett) questioned the methodology, transparency, and conclusion of our study (Yin et al. 2019, Ecol Lett, 22, 1976). The comment has overlooked important evolutionary assumptions in their reanalysis, and the issues raised were in fact dealt with through the peer-review process. Far from being biased, the key conclusion of our meta-analysis still stands; transgenerational effects are largely adaptive.