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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616070/persistence-of-antibiotic-resistance-plasmids-in-bacterial-biofilms
#1
Benjamin J Ridenhour, Genevieve A Metzger, Michael France, Karol Gliniewicz, Jack Millstein, Larry J Forney, Eva M Top
The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance is a crisis in health care today. Antibiotic resistance is often horizontally transferred to susceptible bacteria by means of multidrug resistance plasmids that may or may not persist in the absence of antibiotics. Because bacterial pathogens often grow as biofilms, there is a need to better understand the evolution of plasmid persistence in these environments. Here we compared the evolution of plasmid persistence in the pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii when grown under antibiotic selection in biofilms versus well-mixed liquid cultures...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616069/population-genetic-and-field-ecological-analyses-return-similar-estimates-of-dispersal-over-space-and-time-in-an-endangered-amphibian
#2
Ian J Wang, H Bradley Shaffer
The explosive growth of empirical population genetics has seen a proliferation of analytical methods leading to a steady increase in our ability to accurately measure key population parameters, including genetic isolation, effective population size, and gene flow, in natural systems. Assuming they yield similar results, population genetic methods offer an attractive complement to, or replacement of, traditional field-ecological studies. However, empirical assessments of the concordance between direct field-ecological and indirect population genetic studies of the same populations are uncommon in the literature...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616068/genetic-diversity-and-structure-of-lolium-perenne-ssp-multiflorum-in-california-vineyards-and-orchards-indicate-potential-for-spread-of-herbicide-resistance-via-gene-flow
#3
Elizabeth Karn, Marie Jasieniuk
Management of agroecosystems with herbicides imposes strong selection pressures on weedy plants leading to the evolution of resistance against those herbicides. Resistance to glyphosate in populations of Lolium perenne L. ssp. multiflorum is increasingly common in California, USA, causing economic losses and the loss of effective management tools. To gain insights into the recent evolution of glyphosate resistance in L. perenne in perennial cropping systems of northwest California and to inform management, we investigated the frequency of glyphosate resistance and the genetic diversity and structure of 14 populations...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616067/selection-by-higher-order-effects-of-salinity-and-bacteria-on-early-life-stages-of-western-baltic-spring-spawning-herring
#4
Maude Poirier, Luisa Listmann, Olivia Roth
Habitat stratification by abiotic and biotic factors initiates divergence of populations and leads to ecological speciation. In contrast to fully marine waters, the Baltic Sea is stratified by a salinity gradient that strongly affects fish physiology, distribution, diversity and virulence of important marine pathogens. Animals thus face the challenge to simultaneously adapt to the concurrent salinity and cope with the selection imposed by the changing pathogenic virulence. Western Baltic spring-spawning herring (Clupea harengus) migrate to spawning grounds characterized by different salinities to which herring are supposedly adapted...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616066/the-evolutionary-trade-off-between-stem-cell-niche-size-aging-%C3%A2-and-tumorigenesis
#5
Vincent L Cannataro, Scott A McKinley, Colette M St Mary
Many epithelial tissues within multicellular organisms are continually replenished by small independent populations of stem cells largely responsible for maintaining tissue homeostasis. These continually dividing populations are subject to mutations that can lead to tumorigenesis but also contribute to aging. Mutations accumulate in stem cell niches and change the rate of cell division and differentiation; the pace of this process and the fate of specific mutations depend strongly on niche population size. Here, we create a mathematical model of the intestinal stem cell niche, crypt system, and epithelium...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616065/human-management-and-hybridization-shape-treegourd-fruits-in-the-brazilian-amazon-basin
#6
Priscila Ambrósio Moreira, Cédric Mariac, Leila Zekraoui, Marie Couderc, Doriane Picanço Rodrigues, Charles R Clement, Yves Vigouroux
Local people's perceptions of cultivated and wild agrobiodiversity, as well as their management of hybridization are still understudied in Amazonia. Here we analyze domesticated treegourd (Crescentia cujete), whose versatile fruits have technological, symbolic, and medicinal uses. A wild relative (C. amazonica) of the cultivated species grows spontaneously in Amazonian flooded forests. We demonstrated, using whole chloroplast sequences and nuclear microsatellites, that the two species are strongly differentiated...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616064/plasticity-in-gene-transcription-explains-the-differential-performance-of-two-invasive-fish-species
#7
Kyle W Wellband, Daniel D Heath
Phenotypic plasticity buffers organisms from environmental change and is hypothesized to aid the initial establishment of nonindigenous species in novel environments and postestablishment range expansion. The genetic mechanisms that underpin phenotypically plastic traits are generally poorly characterized; however, there is strong evidence that modulation of gene transcription is an important component of these responses. Here, we use RNA sequencing to examine the transcriptional basis of temperature tolerance for round and tubenose goby, two nonindigenous fish species that differ dramatically in the extent of their Great Lakes invasions despite similar invasion dates...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616063/benefits-of-gene-flow-are-mediated-by-individual-variability-in-self-compatibility-in-small-isolated-populations-of-an-endemic-plant-species
#8
Christopher T Frye, Maile C Neel
Many rare and endemic species experience increased rates of self-fertilization and mating among close relatives as a consequence of existing in small populations within isolated habitat patches. Variability in self-compatibility among individuals within populations may reflect adaptation to local demography and genetic architecture, inbreeding, or drift. We use experimental hand-pollinations under natural field conditions to assess the effects of gene flow in 21 populations of the central Appalachian endemic Trifolium virginicum that varied in population size and degree of isolation...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616062/severe-consequences-of-habitat-fragmentation-on-genetic-diversity-of-an-endangered-australian-freshwater-fish-a-call-for-assisted-gene-flow
#9
Alexandra Pavlova, Luciano B Beheregaray, Rhys Coleman, Dean Gilligan, Katherine A Harrisson, Brett A Ingram, Joanne Kearns, Annika M Lamb, Mark Lintermans, Jarod Lyon, Thuy T T Nguyen, Minami Sasaki, Zeb Tonkin, Jian D L Yen, Paul Sunnucks
Genetic diversity underpins the ability of populations to persist and adapt to environmental changes. Substantial empirical data show that genetic diversity rapidly deteriorates in small and isolated populations due to genetic drift, leading to reduction in adaptive potential and fitness and increase in inbreeding. Assisted gene flow (e.g. via translocations) can reverse these trends, but lack of data on fitness loss and fear of impairing population "uniqueness" often prevents managers from acting. Here, we use population genetic and riverscape genetic analyses and simulations to explore the consequences of extensive habitat loss and fragmentation on population genetic diversity and future population trajectories of an endangered Australian freshwater fish, Macquarie perch Macquaria australasica...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515783/trans-generational-plasticity-in-response-to-immune-challenge-is-constrained-by-heat-stress
#10
Olivia Roth, Susanne H Landis
Trans-generational plasticity (TGP) is the adjustment of phenotypes to changing habitat conditions that persist longer than the individual lifetime. Fitness benefits (adaptive TGP) are expected upon matching parent-offspring environments. In a global change scenario, several performance-related environmental factors are changing simultaneously. This lowers the predictability of offspring environmental conditions, potentially hampering the benefits of TGP. For the first time, we here explore how the combination of an abiotic and a biotic environmental factor in the parental generation plays out as trans-generational effect in the offspring...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515782/ecotypic-differentiation-under-farmers-selection-molecular-insights-into-the-domestication-of-pachyrhizus-rich-ex-dc-fabaceae-in-the-peruvian-andes
#11
Marc Delêtre, Beatriz Soengas, Prem Jai Vidaurre, Rosa Isela Meneses, Octavio Delgado Vásquez, Isabel Oré Balbín, Monica Santayana, Bettina Heider, Marten Sørensen
Understanding the distribution of crop genetic diversity in relation to environmental factors can give insights into the eco-evolutionary processes involved in plant domestication. Yam beans (Pachyrhizus Rich. ex DC.) are leguminous crops native to South and Central America that are grown for their tuberous roots but are seed-propagated. Using a landscape genetic approach, we examined correlations between environmental factors and phylogeographic patterns of genetic diversity in Pachyrhizus landrace populations...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515781/evolutionary-restoration-potential-evaluated-through-the-use-of-a-trait-linked-genetic-marker
#12
Travis M Apgar, Devon E Pearse, Eric P Palkovacs
Human-driven evolution can impact the ecological role and conservation value of impacted populations. Most evolutionary restoration approaches focus on manipulating gene flow, but an alternative approach is to manipulate the selection regime to restore historical or desired trait values. Here we examined the potential utility of this approach to restore anadromous migratory behavior in coastal California steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) populations. We evaluated the effects of natural and anthropogenic environmental variables on the observed frequency of alleles at a genomic marker tightly associated with migratory behavior across 39 steelhead populations from across California, USA...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515780/evolution-and-the-duration-of-a-doomed-population
#13
Richard Gomulkiewicz, Stephen M Krone, Christopher H Remien
Many populations are doomed to extinction, but little is known about how evolution contributes to their longevity. We address this by modeling an asexual population consisting of genotypes whose abundances change independently according to a system of continuous branching diffusions. Each genotype is characterized by its initial abundance, growth rate, and reproductive variance. The latter two components determine the genotype's "risk function" which describes its per capita probability of extinction at any time...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515779/higher-resource-level-promotes-virulence-in-an-environmentally-transmitted-bacterial-fish-pathogen
#14
Hanna Kinnula, Johanna Mappes, Janne K Valkonen, Katja Pulkkinen, Lotta-Riina Sundberg
Diseases have become a primary constraint to sustainable aquaculture, but remarkably little attention has been paid to a broad class of pathogens: the opportunists. Opportunists often persist in the environment outside the host, and their pathogenic features are influenced by changes in the environment. To test how environmental nutrient levels influence virulence, we used strains of Flavobacterium columnare, an environmentally transmitted fish pathogen, to infect rainbow trout and zebra fish in two different nutrient concentrations...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515778/evolution-of-movement-rate-increases-the-effectiveness-of-marine-reserves-for-the-conservation-of-pelagic-fishes
#15
Jonathan A Mee, Sarah P Otto, Daniel Pauly
Current debates about the efficacy of no-take marine reserves (MR) in protecting large pelagic fish such as tuna and sharks have usually not considered the evolutionary dimension of this issue, which emerges because the propensity to swim away from a given place, like any other biological trait, will probably vary in a heritable fashion among individuals. Here, based on spatially explicit simulations, we investigated whether selection to remain in MRs to avoid higher fishing mortality can lead to the evolution of more philopatric fish...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515777/experimental-evolution-to-increase-the-efficacy-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-beauveria-bassiana-against-malaria-mosquitoes-effects-on-mycelial-growth-and-virulence
#16
Claudio A Valero-Jiménez, Jan A L van Kan, Constantianus J M Koenraadt, Bas J Zwaan, Sijmen E Schoustra
Entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria bassiana are currently considered as a potential control agent for malaria mosquitoes. The success of such strategies depends among others on the efficacy of the fungus to kill its hosts. As B. bassiana can use various resources for growth and reproduction, increasing the dependency on mosquitoes as a nutritional source may be instrumental for reaching this goal. Passage of entomopathogenic fungi through an insect host has been shown to increase its virulence. We evaluated the virulence, fungal outgrowth, mycelial growth rate, and sporulation rate of two B...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515776/hormonally-active-phytochemicals-and-vertebrate-evolution
#17
Max R Lambert, Thea M Edwards
Living plants produce a diversity of chemicals that share structural and functional properties with vertebrate hormones. Wildlife species interact with these chemicals either through consumption of plant materials or aquatic exposure. Accumulating evidence shows that exposure to these hormonally active phytochemicals (HAPs) often has consequences for behavior, physiology, and fecundity. These fitness effects suggest there is potential for an evolutionary response by vertebrates to HAPs. Here, we explore the toxicological HAP-vertebrate relationship in an evolutionary framework and discuss the potential for vertebrates to adapt to or even co-opt the effects of plant-derived chemicals that influence fitness...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352299/genomic-patterns-of-diversity-and-divergence-of-two-introduced-salmonid-species-in-patagonia-south-america
#18
Shawn R Narum, Pablo Gallardo, Cristian Correa, Amanda Matala, Daniel Hasselman, Ben J G Sutherland, Louis Bernatchez
Invasive species have become widespread in aquatic environments throughout the world, yet there are few studies that have examined genomic variation of multiple introduced species in newly colonized environments. In this study, we contrast genomic variation in two salmonid species (anadromous Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, 11,579 SNPs and resident Brook Charr Salvelinus fontinalis, 13,522 SNPs) with differing invasion success after introduction to new environments in South America relative to populations from their native range in North America...
April 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352298/low-genetic-diversity-but-strong-population-structure-reflects-multiple-introductions-of-western-flower-thrips-thysanoptera-thripidae-into-china-followed-by-human-mediated-spread
#19
Li-Jun Cao, Ze-Hua Wang, Ya-Jun Gong, Liang Zhu, Ary Anthony Hoffmann, Shu-Jun Wei
Historical invasion scenarios based on observational records are usually incomplete and biased, but these can be supplemented by population genetic data. The western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis, invaded China in the last 13 years and has rapidly become one of the most serious pests in the country. To assess whether this invasion involved a single event or multiple events, we examined patterns of genetic diversity and population structure of WFT across 12 Chinese populations and a native US population based on mitochondrial DNA and/or 18 microsatellite loci...
April 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352297/adaptive-evolution-and-demographic-history-contribute-to-the-divergent-population-genetic-structure-of-potato-virus-y-between-china-and-japan
#20
Fangluan Gao, Wenchao Zou, Lianhui Xie, Jiasui Zhan
Potato virus Y (PVY) is an important plant pathogen causing considerable economic loss to potato production. Knowledge of the population genetic structure and evolutionary biology of the pathogen, particularly at a transnational scale, is limited but vital in developing sustainable management schemes. In this study, the population genetic structure and molecular evolution of PVY were studied using 127 first protein (P1) and 137 coat protein (CP) sequences generated from isolates collected from potato in China and Japan...
April 2017: Evolutionary Applications
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