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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334485/pollinator-identity-and-spatial-isolation-influence-multiple-paternity-in-an-annual-plant
#1
Matthew K Rhodes, Jeremie B Fant, Krissa A Skogen
The occurrence and extent of multiple paternity is an important component of variation in plant mating dynamics. However, links between pollinator activity and multiple paternity are generally lacking, especially for plant species that attract functionally diverse floral visitors. In this study, we separated the influence of two functionally distinct floral visitors (hawkmoths and solitary bees) and characterized their impacts on multiple paternity in a self-incompatible, annual forb, Oenothera harringtonii (Onagraceae)...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329425/perpendicular-axes-of-differentiation-generated-by-mitochondrial-introgression
#2
Hernán E Morales, Paul Sunnucks, Leo Joseph, Alexandra Pavlova
Differential introgression of mitochondrial versus nuclear DNA generates discordant patterns of geographic variation and can promote population divergence and speciation. We examined a potential case of mitochondrial introgression leading to two perpendicular axes of differentiation. The Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis, a widespread Australian bird, shows a deep mitochondrial split that is perpendicular to north-south nuclear DNA and plumage colour differentiation. We propose a scenario to explain this pattern: (1) the two nuclear and mitochondrial genomes differentiated in concert during north-south population divergence; (2) later, their histories disconnected after two mitochondrial introgression events resulting in a deep mitochondrial split perpendicular to the nuclear DNA structure...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321979/effect-of-the-early-social-environment-on-behavioural-and-genomic-responses-to-a-social-challenge-in-a-cooperatively-breeding-vertebrate
#3
Cecilia Nyman, Stefan Fischer, Nadia Aubin-Horth, Barbara Taborsky
The early social environment can have substantial, lifelong effects on vertebrate social behaviour, which can be mediated by developmental plasticity of brain gene expression. Early life effects can influence immediate behavioural responses towards later-life social challenges and can activate different gene expression responses. However, while genomic responses to social challenges have been reported frequently, how developmental experience influences the shape of these genomic reaction norms remains largely unexplored...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316142/evolutionary-ecology-of-beta-lactam-gene-clusters-in-animals
#4
Wouter Suring, Karen Meusemann, Alexander Blanke, Janine Mariën, Tim Schol, Valeria Agamennone, Anna Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva, Matty P Berg, Bram Brouwer, Nico M van Straalen, Dick Roelofs
Beta-lactam biosynthesis was thought to occur only in fungi and bacteria, but we recently reported the presence of isopenicillin N synthase in a soil-dwelling animal, Folsomia candida. However, it has remained unclear whether this gene is part of a larger beta-lactam biosynthesis pathway and how widespread the occurrence of penicillin biosynthesis is among animals. Here, we analyzed the distribution of beta-lactam biosynthesis genes throughout the animal kingdom and identified a beta-lactam gene cluster in the genome of F...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316112/molecular-ecology-studies-of-species-radiations-current-research-gaps-opportunities-and-challenges
#5
Marylaure de la Harpe, Margot Paris, Dirk N Karger, Jonathan Rolland, Michael Kessler, Nicolas Salamin, Christian Lexer
Understanding the drivers and limits of species radiations is a crucial goal of evolutionary genetics and molecular ecology, yet research on this topic has been hampered by the notorious difficulty of connecting micro- and macro-evolutionary approaches to studying the drivers of diversification. To chart the current research gaps, opportunities, and challenges of molecular ecology approaches to studying radiations, we examine the literature in the journal Molecular Ecology and re-visit recent high-profile examples of evolutionary genomic research on radiations...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316106/chironomus-riparius-diptera-genome-sequencing-reveals-the-impact-of-minisatellite-transposable-elements-on-population-divergence
#6
Ann-Marie Oppold, Hanno Schmidt, Marcel Rose, Sören Lukas Hellmann, Florian Dolze, Fabian Ripp, Bettina Weich, Urs Schmidt-Ott, Erwin Schmidt, Robert Kofler, Thomas Hankeln, Markus Pfenninger
Active transposable elements (TEs) may result in divergent genomic insertion and abundance patterns among conspecific populations. Upon secondary contact, such divergent genetic backgrounds can theoretically give rise to classical Dobzhansky-Muller incompatibilities (DMI), thus contributing to the evolution of endogenous genetic barriers and eventually cause population divergence. We investigated differential TE abundance among conspecific populations of the non-biting midge Chironomus riparius and evaluated their potential role in causing endogenous genetic incompatibilities between these populations...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316119/animal-tracking-meets-migration-genomics-transcriptomic-analysis-of-a-partially-migratory-bird-species
#7
Paolo Franchini, Iker Irisarri, Adam Fudickar, Andreas Schmidt, Axel Meyer, Martin Wikelski, Jesko Partecke
Seasonal migration is a widespread phenomenon, which is found in many different lineages of animals. This spectacular behaviour allows animals to avoid seasonally adverse environmental conditions to exploit more favourable habitats. Migration has been intensively studied in birds, which display astonishing variation in migration strategies, thus providing a powerful system for studying the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape migratory behaviour. Despite intensive research, the genetic basis of migration remains largely unknown...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316116/water-availability-drives-signatures-of-local-adaptation-in-whitebark-pine-pinus-albicaulis-englm-across-fine-spatial-scales-of-the-lake-tahoe-basin-usa
#8
Brandon M Lind, Christopher J Friedline, Jill L Wegrzyn, Patricia E Maloney, Detlev R Vogler, David B Neale, Andrew J Eckert
Patterns of local adaptation at fine spatial scales are central to understanding how evolution proceeds, and are essential to the effective management of economically and ecologically important forest tree species. Here, we employ single and multilocus analyses of genetic data (n = 116,231 SNPs) to describe signatures of fine-scale adaptation within eight whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.) populations across the local extent of the environmentally heterogeneous Lake Tahoe Basin, USA. We show that despite highly shared genetic variation (FST = 0...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316114/a-single-haplotype-hyposensitive-to-light-and-requiring-strong-vernalization-dominates-arabidopsis-thaliana-populations-in-patagonia-argentina
#9
Luciana Kasulin, Beth Rowan, Rolando J C León, Verena J Schuenemann, Detlef Weigel, Javier F Botto
The growing collection of sequenced or genotyped Arabidopsis thaliana accessions includes mostly individuals from the native Eurasian and N. African range and introduced North American populations. Here, we describe the genetic and phenotypic diversity, along with habitats and life history, of A. thaliana plants collected at the southernmost end of its worldwide distribution. Seed samples were harvested from plants growing in four sites within a ~3500-km(2) -area in Patagonia, Argentina, and represent the first germplasm to be collected in South America for this species...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316099/patterns-of-temporal-and-enemy-niche-use-by-a-community-of-leaf-cone-moths-caloptilia-coexisting-on-maples-acer-as-revealed-by-metabarcoding
#10
Ryosuke Nakadai, Atsushi Kawakita
The diversity of herbivorous insects is often considered a function of host plant diversity. However, recent research has uncovered many examples of closely related herbivores using the same host plant(s), suggesting that partitioning of host plants is not the only mechanism generating diversity. Herbivores sharing hosts may utilize different parts of the same plant, but such resource partitioning is often not apparent; hence, the factors that allow closely related herbivores to coexist are still largely undetermined...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295937/integrating-phylogenetic-and-ecological-distances-reveals-new-insights-into-parasite-host-specificity
#11
Nicholas J Clark, Sonya M Clegg
The range of hosts a pathogen infects (host specificity) is a key element of disease risk that may be influenced by both shared phylogenetic history and shared ecological attributes of prospective hosts. Phylospecificity indices quantify host specificity in terms of host relatedness, but can fail to capture ecological attributes that increase susceptibility. For instance, similarity in habitat niche may expose phylogenetically unrelated host species to similar pathogen assemblages. Using a recently proposed method that integrates multiple distances, we develop a new index to assess the relative contributions of host phylogenetic and functional distances to pathogen host specificity (functional-phylogenetic host specificity)...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295823/natural-variation-in-life-history-strategy-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-determines-stress-responses-to-drought-and-insects-of-different-feeding-guilds
#12
Nelson H Davila Olivas, Enric Frago, Manus P M Thoen, Karen J Kloth, Frank F M Becker, Joop J A van Loon, Gerrit Gort, Joost J B Keurentjes, Joost van Heerwaarden, Marcel Dicke
Plants are sessile organisms and, consequently, are exposed to a plethora of stresses in their local habitat. As a result, different populations of a species are subject to different selection pressures leading to adaptation to local conditions and intraspecific divergence. The annual brassicaceous plant Arabidopsis thaliana is an attractive model for ecologists and evolutionary biologists due to the availability of a large collection of re-sequenced natural accessions. Accessions of A. thaliana display one of two different life-cycle strategies: summer and winter annuals...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295790/landscape-features-impact-connectivity-between-soil-populations-a-comparative-study-of-gene-flow-in-earthworms
#13
L Dupont, M Torres-Leguizamon, P René-Corail, J Mathieu
Landscape features are known to alter the spatial genetic variation of above ground organisms. Here, we tested the hypothesis that the genetic structure of below ground organisms also responds to landscape structure. Microsatellite markers were used to carry out a landscape genetic study of two endogeic earthworm species, Allolobophora chlorotica (N = 440, 8 microsatellites) and Aporrectodea icterica (N = 519, 7 microsatellites), in an agricultural landscape in the North of France, where landscape features were characterised with high accuracy...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295838/chasing-ghosts-allopolyploid-origin-of-oxyria-sinensis-polygonaceae-from-its-only-diploid-congener-and-an-unknown-ancestor
#14
Xin Luo, Quanjun Hu, Pingping Zhou, Dan Zhang, Qian Wang, Richard J Abbott, Jianquan Liu
Reconstructing the origin of a polyploid species is particularly challenging when an ancestor has become extinct. Under such circumstances the extinct donor of a genome found in the polyploid may be treated as a 'ghost' species in that its prior existence is recognised through the presence of its genome in the polyploid. In this study, we aimed to determine the polyploid origin of Oxyria sinensis (2n=40) for which only one congeneric species is known, i.e. diploid O. digyna (2n=14). Genomic in situ hybridization (GISH), transcriptome, phylogenetic and demographic analyses, and ecological niche modeling were conducted for this purpose...
March 12, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295830/interspecific-hybridization-causes-long-term-phylogenetic-discordance-between-nuclear-and-mitochondrial-genomes-in-freshwater-fishes
#15
Graham P Wallis, Sophia Cameron-Christie, Hannah L Kennedy, Gemma Palmer, Tessa R Sanders, David J Winter
Classification, phylogeography and the testing of evolutionary hypotheses rely on correct estimation of species phylogeny. Early molecular phylogenies often relied on mtDNA alone, which acts as a single linkage group with one history. Over the last decade, the use of multiple nuclear sequences has often revealed conflict among gene trees. This observation can be attributed to hybridization, lineage sorting, paralogy or selection. Here we use 54 groups of fishes from 48 studies to estimate the degree of concordance between mitochondrial and nuclear gene trees in two ecological grades of fishes: marine and freshwater...
March 12, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295812/hybridization-between-two-cryptic-filamentous-brown-seaweeds-along-the-shore-analysing-pre-and-post-zygotic-barriers-in-populations-of-individuals-with-varying-ploidy-levels
#16
Alejandro E Montecinos, Marie-Laure Guillemin, Lucia Couceiro, Akira F Peters, Solenn Stoeckel, Myriam Valero
We aimed to study the importance of hybridization between two cryptic species of the genus Ectocarpus, a group of filamentous algae with haploid-diploid life cycles that include the principal genetic model organism for the brown algae. In haploid-diploid species, the genetic structure of the two phases of the life cycle can be analysed separately in natural populations. Such life cycles provide a unique opportunity to estimate the frequency of hybrid genotypes in diploid sporophytes and meiotic recombinant genotypes in haploid gametophytes allowing the effects of reproductive barriers preventing fertilization or preventing meiosis to be untangle...
March 12, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281334/warm-cold-colonization-response-of-oaks-to-uplift-of-the-himalaya-hengduan-mountains
#17
Hong-Hu Meng, Tao Su, Xiao-Yang Gao, Jie Li, Xiao-Long Jiang, Hang Sun, Zhe-Kun Zhou
Clarifying the relationship between distribution patterns of organisms and geological events is critical to understanding the impact of environmental changes on organismal evolution. Quercus sect. Heterobalanus is now distributed across the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains (HHM) and warm lowland in East China, yet how the distribution patterns of this group changed in response to the HHM uplift remains largely unknown. This study examines the effect of tectonic events in the HHM region on the oaks, providing a biological perspective on the geological history of this region...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281327/asexual-queen-succession-mediates-an-accelerated-colony-life-cycle-in-the-termite-silvestritermes-minutus
#18
R Fougeyrollas, J Křivánek, V Roy, K Dolejšová, S Frechault, Y Roisin, R Hanus, D Sillam-Dussès
Mixed modes of reproduction, combining sexual processes with thelytokous parthenogenesis, occur in all major clades of social insects. In several species of termites, queens maximize their genetic input into non-dispersing replacement queens through parthenogenesis, while maintaining genetically diverse sterile offspring and dispersing reproductives via sexual reproduction. This so-called Asexual Queen Succession (AQS) has multiple independent origins and its presumed advantages are diverse as well, ranging from multiplication of colony reproductive potential to extension of its lifespan beyond that of the foundress...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281309/bayesian-species-identification-under-the-multispecies-coalescent-provides-significant-improvements-to-dna-barcoding-analyses
#19
Ziheng Yang, Bruce Rannala
DNA barcoding methods use a single locus (usually the mitochondrial COI gene) to assign unidentified specimens to known species in a library based on a genetic distance threshold that distinguishes between-species divergence from within-species diversity. Recently developed species delimitation methods based on the multispecies coalescent (MSC) model offer an alternative approach to individual assignment using either single-locus or multi-loci sequence data. Here we use simulations to demonstrate three features of an MSC method implemented in the program bpp...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281305/evolutionary-changes-in-symbiont-community-structure-in-ticks
#20
Olivier Duron, Florian Binetruy, Valérie Noël, Julie Cremaschi, Karen D McCoy, Céline Arnathau, Olivier Plantard, John Goolsby, Adalberto A Pérez de León, Dieter J A Heylen, A Raoul Van Oosten, Yuval Gottlieb, Gad Baneth, Alberto A Guglielmone, Agustin Estrada-Peña, Maxwell N Opara, Lionel Zenner, Fabrice Vavre, Christine Chevillon
Ecological specialization to restricted diet-niches is driven by obligate, and often maternally inherited, symbionts in many arthropod lineages. These heritable symbionts typically form evolutionarily stable associations with arthropods that can last for millions of years. Ticks were recently found to harbor such an obligate symbiont, Coxiella-LE, that synthesizes B vitamins and cofactors not obtained in sufficient quantities from blood diet. In this study, the examination of 81 tick species show that some Coxiella-LE symbioses are evolutionarily stable with an ancient acquisition followed by co-diversification as observed in ticks belonging to the Rhipicephalus genus...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology
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