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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545432/the-impact-of-migratory-flyways-on-the-spread-of-avian-influenza-virus-in-north-america
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Mathieu Fourment, Aaron E Darling, Edward C Holmes
BACKGROUND: Wild birds are the major reservoir hosts for influenza A viruses (AIVs) and have been implicated in the emergence of pandemic events in livestock and human populations. Understanding how AIVs spread within and across continents is therefore critical to the development of successful strategies to manage and reduce the impact of influenza outbreaks. In North America many bird species undergo seasonal migratory movements along a North-South axis, thereby providing opportunities for viruses to spread over long distances...
May 25, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545395/characterizing-the-roles-of-changing-population-size-and-selection-on-the-evolution-of-flux-control-in-metabolic-pathways
#2
Alena Orlenko, Peter B Chi, David A Liberles
BACKGROUND: Understanding the genotype-phenotype map is fundamental to our understanding of genomes. Genes do not function independently, but rather as part of networks or pathways. In the case of metabolic pathways, flux through the pathway is an important next layer of biological organization up from the individual gene or protein. Flux control in metabolic pathways, reflecting the importance of mutation to individual enzyme genes, may be evolutionarily variable due to the role of mutation-selection-drift balance...
May 25, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545387/impact-of-e-publication-changes-in-the-international-code-of-nomenclature-for-algae-fungi-and-plants-melbourne-code-2012-did-we-need-to-run-for-our-lives
#3
Nicky Nicolson, Katherine Challis, Allan Tucker, Sandra Knapp
BACKGROUND: At the Nomenclature Section of the XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne, Australia (IBC), the botanical community voted to allow electronic publication of nomenclatural acts for algae, fungi and plants, and to abolish the rule requiring Latin descriptions or diagnoses for new taxa. Since the 1st January 2012, botanists have been able to publish new names in electronic journals and may use Latin or English as the language of description or diagnosis. RESULTS: Using data on vascular plants from the International Plant Names Index (IPNI) spanning the time period in which these changes occurred, we analysed trajectories in publication trends and assessed the impact of these new rules for descriptions of new species and nomenclatural acts...
May 25, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545386/evolutionary-radiations-in-the-species-rich-mountain-genus-saxifraga-l
#4
J Ebersbach, J Schnitzler, A Favre, A N Muellner-Riehl
BACKGROUND: A large number of taxa have undergone evolutionary radiations in mountainous areas, rendering alpine systems particularly suitable to study the extrinsic and intrinsic factors that have shaped diversification patterns in plants. The species-rich genus Saxifraga L. is widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, with high species numbers in the regions adjacent to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) in particular the Hengduan Mountains and the Himalayas. Using a dataset of 297 taxa (representing at least 60% of extant Saxifraga species), we explored the variation of infrageneric diversification rates...
May 25, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535779/carriers-of-mitochondrial-dna-macrohaplogroup-r-colonized-eurasia-and-australasia-from-a-southeast-asia-core-area
#5
Jose M Larruga, Patricia Marrero, Khaled K Abu-Amero, Maria V Golubenko, Vicente M Cabrera
BACKGROUND: The colonization of Eurasia and Australasia by African modern humans has been explained, nearly unanimously, as the result of a quick southern coastal dispersal route through the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian subcontinent, and the Indochinese Peninsula, to reach Australia around 50 kya. The phylogeny and phylogeography of the major mitochondrial DNA Eurasian haplogroups M and N have played the main role in giving molecular genetics support to that scenario. However, using the same molecular tools, a northern route across central Asia has been invoked as an alternative that is more conciliatory with the fossil record of East Asia...
May 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532466/baseline-and-stress-induced-levels-of-corticosterone-in-male-and-female-afrotropical-and-european-temperate-stonechats-during-breeding
#6
Beate Apfelbeck, Barbara Helm, Juan Carlos Illera, Kim G Mortega, Patrick Smiddy, Neil P Evans
BACKGROUND: Latitudinal variation in avian life histories falls along a slow-fast pace of life continuum: tropical species produce small clutches, but have a high survival probability, while in temperate species the opposite pattern is found. This study investigated whether differential investment into reproduction and survival of tropical and temperate species is paralleled by differences in the secretion of the vertebrate hormone corticosterone (CORT). Depending on circulating concentrations, CORT can both act as a metabolic (low to medium levels) and a stress hormone (high levels) and, thereby, influence reproductive decisions...
May 22, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521745/erratum-to-revisiting-phylogenetic-signal-strong-or-negligible-impacts-of-polytomies-and-branch-length-information
#7
Rafael Molina-Venegas, Miguel Á Rodríguez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 18, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506206/females-of-a-gift-giving-spider-do-not-trade-sex-for-food-gifts-a-consequence-of-male-deception
#8
Irene Pandulli-Alonso, Agustín Quaglia, Maria J Albo
BACKGROUND: Polyandry is commonly maintained by direct benefits in gift-giving species, so females may remate as an adaptive foraging strategy. However, the assumption of a direct benefit fades in mating systems where male gift-giving behaviour has evolved from offering nutritive to worthless (non-nutritive) items. In the spider Paratrechalea ornata, 70% of gifts in nature are worthless. We therefore predicted female receptivity to be independent of hunger in this species. We exposed poorly-fed and well-fed females to multiple males offering nutritive gifts and well-fed females to males offering worthless gifts...
May 15, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486928/patterns-of-divergence-in-fish-species-separated-by-the-isthmus-of-panama
#9
Christine E Thacker
BACKGROUND: The Pleistocene closure of Isthmus of Panama, separating the basins of the Eastern Pacific and the Caribbean Sea, created a unique natural experiment that reveals how marine faunas respond to environmental change. To explore how fishes have been affected by this tectonic event, I compare transisthmian patterns in phylogeny and morphology for geminate lineages in two families, Eleotridae (sleepers) and Apogonidae (cardinalfishes). RESULTS: Time-calibrated phylogenies for these families show different diversification patterns...
May 10, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472940/runx2-repeat-variation-does-not-drive-craniofacial-diversity-in-marsupials
#10
Axel H Newton, Charles Y Feigin, Andrew J Pask
BACKGROUND: Runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) is a transcription factor essential for skeletal development. Variation within the RUNX2 polyglutamine / polyalanine (QA) repeat is correlated with facial length within orders of placental mammals and is suggested to be a major driver of craniofacial diversity. However, it is not known if this correlation exists outside of the placental mammals. RESULTS: Here we examined the correlation between the RUNX2 QA repeat ratio and facial length in the naturally evolving sister group to the placental mammals, the marsupials...
May 4, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472922/phenotypic-disparity-in-iberian-short-horned-grasshoppers-acrididae-the-role-of-ecology-and-phylogeny
#11
Vicente García-Navas, Víctor Noguerales, Pedro J Cordero, Joaquín Ortego
BACKGROUND: The combination of model-based comparative techniques, disparity analyses and ecomorphological correlations constitutes a powerful method to gain insight into the evolutionary mechanisms that shape morphological variation and speciation processes. In this study, we used a time-calibrated phylogeny of 70 Iberian species of short-horned grasshoppers (Acrididae) to test for patterns of morphological disparity in relation to their ecology and phylogenetic history. Specifically, we examined the role of substrate type and level of ecological specialization in driving different aspects of morphological evolution (locomotory traits, chemosensitive organs and cranial morphology) in this recent radiation...
May 4, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446150/signatures-of-co-evolutionary-host-pathogen-interactions-in-the-genome-of-the-entomopathogenic-nematode-steinernema-carpocapsae
#12
Mitzi Flores-Ponce, Miguel Vallebueno-Estrada, Eduardo González-Orozco, Hilda E Ramos-Aboites, J Noé García-Chávez, Nelson Simões, Rafael Montiel
BACKGROUND: The entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae has been used worldwide as a biocontrol agent for insect pests, making it an interesting model for understanding parasite-host interactions. Two models propose that these interactions are co-evolutionary processes in such a way that equilibrium is never reached. In one model, known as "arms race", new alleles in relevant genes are fixed in both host and pathogens by directional positive selection, producing recurrent and alternating selective sweeps...
April 26, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441946/the-protein-subunit-of-telomerase-displays-patterns-of-dynamic-evolution-and-conservation-across-different-metazoan-taxa
#13
Alvina G Lai, Natalia Pouchkina-Stantcheva, Alessia Di Donfrancesco, Gerda Kildisiute, Sounak Sahu, A Aziz Aboobaker
BACKGROUND: Most animals employ telomerase, which consists of a catalytic subunit known as the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) and an RNA template, to maintain telomere ends. Given the importance of TERT and telomere biology in core metazoan life history traits, like ageing and the control of somatic cell proliferation, we hypothesised that TERT would have patterns of sequence and regulatory evolution reflecting the diverse life histories across the Animal Kingdom. RESULTS: We performed a complete investigation of the evolutionary history of TERT across animals...
April 26, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438135/a-passive-mutualistic-interaction-promotes-the-evolution-of-spatial-structure-within-microbial-populations
#14
Marie Marchal, Felix Goldschmidt, Selina N Derksen-Müller, Sven Panke, Martin Ackermann, David R Johnson
BACKGROUND: While mutualistic interactions between different genotypes are pervasive in nature, their evolutionary origin is not clear. The dilemma is that, for mutualistic interactions to emerge and persist, an investment into the partner genotype must pay off: individuals of a first genotype that invest resources to promote the growth of a second genotype must receive a benefit that is not equally accessible to individuals that do not invest. One way for exclusive benefits to emerge is through spatial structure (i...
April 24, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431496/the-phylogeny-of-fossil-whip-spiders
#15
Russell J Garwood, Jason A Dunlop, Brian J Knecht, Thomas A Hegna
BACKGROUND: Arachnids are a highly successful group of land-dwelling arthropods. They are major contributors to modern terrestrial ecosystems, and have a deep evolutionary history. Whip spiders (Arachnida, Amblypygi), are one of the smaller arachnid orders with ca. 190 living species. Here we restudy one of the oldest fossil representatives of the group, Graeophonus anglicus Pocock, 1911 from the Late Carboniferous (Duckmantian, ca. 315 Ma) British Middle Coal Measures of the West Midlands, UK...
April 21, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427346/karyotypic-evolution-of-the-medicago-complex-sativa-caerulea-falcata-inferred-from-comparative-cytogenetic-analysis
#16
Feng Yu, Haiqing Wang, Yanyan Zhao, Ruijuan Liu, Quanwen Dou, Jiangli Dong, Tao Wang
BACKGROUND: Polyploidy plays an important role in the adaptation and speciation of plants. The alteration of karyotype is a significant event during polyploidy formation. The Medicago sativa complex includes both diploid (2n = 2× = 16) and tetraploid (2n = 2× = 32) subspecies. The tetraploid M. ssp. sativa was regarded as having a simple autopolyploid origin from diploid ssp. caerulea, whereas the autopolyploid origin of tetraploid ssp. falcata from diploid form ssp. falcata is still in doubt...
April 21, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427326/no-evidence-for-strong-cytonuclear-conflict-over-sex-allocation-in-a-simultaneously-hermaphroditic-flatworm
#17
Nikolas Vellnow, Dita B Vizoso, Gudrun Viktorin, Lukas Schärer
BACKGROUND: Cytoplasmic sex allocation distorters, which arise from cytonuclear conflict over the optimal investment into male versus female reproductive function, are some of the best-researched examples for genomic conflict. Among hermaphrodites, many such distorters have been found in plants, while, to our knowledge, none have been clearly documented in animals. METHODS: Here we provide a quantitative test for cytonuclear conflict over sex allocation in the simultaneously hermaphroditic flatworm Macrostomum lignano...
April 20, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424048/phylogeny-divergence-time-and-historical-biogeography-of-laetiporus-basidiomycota-polyporales
#18
Jie Song, Bao-Kai Cui
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to characterize the molecular relationship, origin and historical biogeography of the species in important brown rot fungal genus Laetiporus from East Asia, Europe, Pan-America, Hawaii and South Africa. We used six genetic markers to estimate a genus-level phylogeny including (1) the internal transcribed spacer (ITS), (2) nuclear large subunit rDNA (nrLSU), (3) nuclear small subunit rDNA (nrSSU), (4) translation elongation factor 1-α (EF-1α), (5) DNA-directed RNA polymerase II subunit 2 (RPB2), and (6) mitochondrial small subunit rDNA (mtSSU)...
April 20, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412935/fitness-costs-of-symbiont-switching-using-entomopathogenic-nematodes-as-a-model
#19
John G McMullen, Brittany F Peterson, Steven Forst, Heidi Goodrich Blair, S Patricia Stock
BACKGROUND: Steinernematid nematodes form obligate symbioses with bacteria from the genus Xenorhabdus. Together Steinernema nematodes and their bacterial symbionts successfully infect, kill, utilize, and exit their insect hosts. During this process the nematodes and bacteria disassociate requiring them to re-associate before emerging from the host. This interaction can be complicated when two different nematodes co-infect an insect host. RESULTS: Non-cognate nematode-bacteria pairings result in reductions for multiple measures of success, including total progeny production and virulence...
April 17, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412929/testosterone-territorial-response-and-song-in-seasonally-breeding-tropical-and-temperate-stonechats
#20
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Beate Apfelbeck, Kim G Mortega, Heiner Flinks, Juan Carlos Illera, Barbara Helm
BACKGROUND: Testosterone facilitates physiological, morphological, and behavioral changes required for breeding in male vertebrates. However, testosterone concentrations and the link between its seasonal changes and those in reproductive behaviors vary greatly among species. To better understand the impact of tropical and temperate environments and life history factors on this variation, we have compared testosterone, territorial behavior and song performance across sequential stages of the breeding season in males of 16 closely related taxa of East African tropical and West European temperate stonechats (Saxicola spp), which all breed during a short breeding season, but differ in migratory behavior, seasonal territory-acquisition and pace of life...
April 17, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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