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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729950/alder-and-the-golden-fleece-high-diversity-of-frankia-and-ectomycorrhizal-fungi-revealed-from-alnus-glutinosa-subsp-barbata-roots-close-to-a-tertiary-and-glacial-refugium
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Melanie Roy, Adrien C Pozzi, Raphaëlle Gareil, Melissande Nagati, Sophie Manzi, Imen Nouioui, Nino Sharikadze, Patricia Jargeat, Hervé Gryta, Pierre-Arthur Moreau, Maria P Fernandez, Monique Gardes
BACKGROUND: Recent climatic history has strongly impacted plant populations, but little is known about its effect on microbes. Alders, which host few and specific symbionts, have high genetic diversity in glacial refugia. Here, we tested the prediction that communities of root symbionts survived in refugia with their host populations. We expected to detect endemic symbionts and a higher species richness in refugia as compared to recolonized areas. METHODS: We sampled ectomycorrhizal (EM) root tips and the nitrogen-fixing actinomycete Frankia communities in eight sites colonized by Alnus glutinosa subsp...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727205/drivers-of-woody-canopy-water-content-responses-to-drought-in-a-mediterranean-type-ecosystem
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Tarin Paz-Kagan, Gregory P Asner
Severe droughts increase physiological stress in woody plant species, which can lead to mortality, fundamentally altering the composition, structure, and biogeography of forests in many regions. Little is known, however, about the factors determining the physiological response of woody plants to drought at landscape scales. Our objective was to understand woody plant species responses to ongoing changes in climate, using remotely sensed canopy water content (CWC) as an indicator of plant physiological and phenological status...
July 20, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718040/erratum-to-phylogeny-and-biogeography-of-the-genus-stevia-asteraceae-eupatorieae-an-example-of-diversification-in-the-asteraceae-in-the-new-world
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Akiko Soejima, Akifumi S Tanabe, Izumi Takayama, Takayuki Kawahara, Kuniaki Watanabe, Miyuki Nakazawa, Misako Mishima, Tetsukazu Yahara
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 17, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716740/multilocus-analysis-of-the-catfish-family-trichomycteridae-teleostei-ostariophysi-siluriformes-supporting-a-monophyletic-trichomycterinae
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Luz E Ochoa, Fabio F Roxo, Carlos DoNascimiento, Mark H Sabaj, Aléssio Datovo, Michael Alfaro, Claudio Oliveira
Trichomycteridae is the second most diverse family of the order Siluriformes, its members are widely distributed through the freshwaters of Central and South America, exhibiting an exceptional ecological and phenotypic disparity. The most diverse subfamily, Trichomycterinae, represented mainly by the genus Trichomycterus, historically has been recognized as non-monophyletic and various characters used to unite or divide its constituents are repeatedly called into question. No comprehensive molecular phylogenetic hypothesis regarding relationships of trichomycterids has been produced, and the present study is the first extensive phylogeny for the family Trichomycteridae, based on a multilocus dataset of three mitochondrial loci and two nuclear markers (3284 bp total)...
July 14, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709399/draft-sequencing-and-assembly-of-the-genome-of-the-world-s-largest-fish-the-whale-shark-rhincodon-typus-smith-1828
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Timothy D Read, Robert A Petit, Sandeep J Joseph, Md Tauqeer Alam, M Ryan Weil, Maida Ahmad, Ravila Bhimani, Jocelyn S Vuong, Chad P Haase, D Harry Webb, Milton Tan, Alistair D M Dove
BACKGROUND: The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) has by far the largest body size of any elasmobranch (shark or ray) species. Therefore, it is also the largest extant species of the paraphyletic assemblage commonly referred to as fishes. As both a phenotypic extreme and a member of the group Chondrichthyes - the sister group to the remaining gnathostomes, which includes all tetrapods and therefore also humans - its genome is of substantial comparative interest. Whale sharks are also listed as an endangered species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species and are of growing popularity as both a target of ecotourism and as a charismatic conservation ambassador for the pelagic ecosystem...
July 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698111/phylogeny-and-biogeography-of-maclura-moraceae-and-the-origin-of-an-anachronistic-fruit
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Elliot M Gardner, Paya Sarraf, Evelyn W Williams, Nyree J C Zerega
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Maclura (ca. 12 spp., Moraceae) is a widespread genus of trees and woody climbers found on five continents. Maclura pomifera, the Osage orange, is considered a classic example of an anachronistic fruit. Native to the central USA, the grapefruit-sized Osage oranges are unpalatable and have no known extant native dispersers, leading to speculation that the fruits were adapted to extinct megafauna. Our aim was to reconstruct the phylogeny, estimate divergence dates, and infer ancestral ranges of Maclura in order to test the monophyly of subgeneric classifications and to understand evolution and dispersal patterns in this globally distributed group...
July 8, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697353/marine-biodiversity-biogeography-deep-sea-gradients-and-conservation
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Mark J Costello, Chhaya Chaudhary
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 10, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687774/andean-mountain-building-did-not-preclude-dispersal-of-lowland-epiphytic-orchids-in-the-neotropics
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Oscar Alejandro Pérez-Escobar, Marc Gottschling, Guillaume Chomicki, Fabien L Condamine, Bente B Klitgård, Emerson Pansarin, Günter Gerlach
The Andean uplift is one of the major orographic events in the New World and has impacted considerably the diversification of numerous Neotropical lineages. Despite its importance for biogeography, the specific role of mountain ranges as a dispersal barrier between South and Central American lowland plant lineages is still poorly understood. The swan orchids (Cycnoches) comprise ca 34 epiphytic species distributed in lowland and pre-montane forests of Central and South America. Here, we study the historical biogeography of Cycnoches to better understand the impact of the Andean uplift on the diversification of Neotropical lowland plant lineages...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685854/digest-shifting-biomes-insight-into-patterns-of-plant-radiation-and-dispersal
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Chloe M Nash
What determines a taxon's range? This is a deceptively simple question. It represents the intersection of ecology and evolution, requiring an understanding of the fundamental relationship between biotic and abiotic factors that can both constrain and drive assemblage structure and rates of lineage diversification. Modern methods have enabled robust analyses of this complex relationship through the integrated use of phylogenomics, community ecology, functional morphology, and biogeography. This article is protected by copyright...
July 7, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680120/post-glacial-biogeography-of-trembling-aspen-inferred-from-habitat-models-and-genetic-variance-in-quantitative-traits
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Chen Ding, Stefan G Schreiber, David R Roberts, Andreas Hamann, Jean S Brouard
Using species distribution models and information on genetic structure and within-population variance observed in a series of common garden trials, we reconstructed a historical biogeography of trembling aspen in North America. We used an ensemble classifier modelling approach (RandomForest) to reconstruct palaeoclimatic habitat for the periods 21,000, 14,000, 11,000 and 6,000 years before present. Genetic structure and diversity in quantitative traits was evaluated in common garden trials with 43 aspen collections ranging from Minnesota to northern British Columbia...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679543/tracing-genetic-exchange-and-biogeography-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-var-grubii-at-the-global-population-level
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Johanna Rhodes, Christopher A Desjardins, Sean M Sykes, Mathew A Beale, Mathieu Vanhove, Sharadha Sakthikumar, Yuan Chen, Sharvari Gujja, Sakina Saif, Anuradha Chowdhary, Daniel John Lawson, Vinicius Ponzio, Arnaldo Lopes Colombo, Wieland Meyer, David M Engelthaler, Ferry Hagen, Maria Teresa Illnait-Zaragozi, Alexandre Alanio, Jo-Marie Vreulink, Joseph Heitman, John R Perfect, Anastasia Litvintseva, Tihana Bicanic, Thomas S Harrison, Matthew C Fisher, Christina A Cuomo
Cryptococcus neoformans var. grubii is the causative agent of cryptococcal meningitis, a significant source of mortality in immunocompromised individuals, typically HIV/AIDS patients from developing countries. Despite the worldwide emergence of this ubiquitous infection, little is known about the global molecular epidemiology of this fungal pathogen. Here we sequence the genomes of 188 diverse isolates and characterized the major subdivisions, their relative diversity and the level of genetic exchange between them...
July 5, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668985/toxoplasma-genotyping-in-congenital-toxoplasmosis-in-upper-egypt-evidence-of-type-i-strain
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Hanan E M Eldeek, Alzahraa Abdel Raouf Ahmad, Mohamed Ahmed El-Mokhtar, Abdel Rahman M M Abdel Kader, Ahmad M Mandour, Mahmoud Elhady M Mounib
Toxoplasma gondii has subpopulation structures in different geographical regions caused by less frequent sexual recombination, population sweeps, and biogeography. The majority of strains isolated in North America and Europe fall into one of three clonal lineages, referred to as types I, II, and III. So far, little is known about genetics of Toxoplasma strains in Africa. The present study aimed to determine the genotype of Toxoplasma strains obtained directly from trophoblastic/placental tissues of 29 complicated pregnant women using multilocus nested-PCR-RFLP technique depending on four independent genetic loci (5' SAG2 and 3' SAG2), SAG3, GRA6, and BTUB genes...
July 1, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667281/mitochondrial-genomes-of-two-australian-fishflies-with-an-evolutionary-timescale-of-chauliodinae
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Fan Yang, Yunlan Jiang, Ding Yang, Xingyue Liu
Fishflies (Corydalidae: Chauliodinae) with a total of ca. 130 extant species are one of the major groups of the holometabolous insect order Megaloptera. As a group which originated during the Mesozoic, the phylogeny and historical biogeography of fishflies are of high interest. The previous hypothesis on the evolutionary history of fishflies was based primarily on morphological data. To further test the existing phylogenetic relationships and to understand the divergence pattern of fishflies, we conducted a molecule-based study...
June 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665016/biogeography-and-ecological-diversity-patterns-of-rare-and-abundant-bacteria-in-oil-contaminated-soils
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Shuo Jiao, Weimin Chen, Gehong Wei
Revealing the biogeographies and ecologies of rare and abundant microorganisms is crucial to understand ecosystem diversity and function. In this study, we investigated the biogeographic assemblies and ecological diversity patterns of rare and abundant bacteria in long-term oil-contaminated soils at intervals of 46-360 km by performing high-throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA genes. The results clearly revealed distinct distribution patterns for rare and abundant bacteria in soil samples. Rare taxa were unevenly distributed; however, abundant taxa were ubiquitous across all samples...
June 30, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651535/molecular-phylogeny-reveals-food-plasticity-in-the-evolution-of-true-ladybird-beetles-coleoptera-coccinellidae-coccinellini
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Hermes E Escalona, Andreas Zwick, Hao-Sen Li, Jiahui Li, Xingmin Wang, Hong Pang, Diana Hartley, Lars S Jermiin, Oldřich Nedvěd, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis, Adam Ślipiński, Wioletta Tomaszewska
BACKGROUND: The tribe Coccinellini is a group of relatively large ladybird beetles that exhibits remarkable morphological and biological diversity. Many species are aphidophagous, feeding as larvae and adults on aphids, but some species also feed on other hemipterous insects (i.e., heteropterans, psyllids, whiteflies), beetle and moth larvae, pollen, fungal spores, and even plant tissue. Several species are biological control agents or widespread invasive species (e.g., Harmonia axyridis (Pallas))...
June 26, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650986/evolutionary-history-and-phylogeographic-relationships-of-shrews-from-sorex-araneus-group
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Paweł Mackiewicz, Magdalena Moska, Heliodor Wierzbicki, Przemysław Gagat, Dorota Mackiewicz
Shrews of the Sorex genus are an evolutionarily successful group that includes more than 77 species widely distributed in Eurasia and North America. The genus is one of the rare cases where karyotypic changes reflect well the evolutionary relationships among its species. The taxa showing the greatest variation in karyotype are usually classified into the Sorex araneus group. Its evolution was associated with chromosomal rearrangements, which could have promoted fast diversification of this group into many chromosomal races and species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649340/truffle-biogeography-a-case-study-revealing-ecological-niche-separation-of-different-tuber-species
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Milan Gryndler, Petr Šmilauer, Václav Šťovíček, Kristýna Nováková, Hana Hršelová, Jan Jansa
Ecology of hypogeic mycorrhizal fungi, such as truffles, remains largely unknown, both in terms of their geographical distribution and their environmental niches. Occurrence of true truffles (Tuber spp.) was therefore screened using specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays and subsequent PCR amplicon sequencing in tree roots collected at 322 field sites across the Czech Republic. These sites spanned a wide range of climatic and soil conditions. The sampling was a priori restricted to areas thought to be suitable for Tuber spp...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644895/floristic-characteristics-and-affinities-in-lao-pdr-with-a-reference-to-the-biogeography-of-the-indochina-peninsula
#18
Hua Zhu
The flora of Laos is composed of 5,005 species in 1,373 genera and 188 families of seed plants. Floristic and geographical attributes of the flora were analyzed. Tropical floristic elements at the family and generic levels contributed a majority (62.23% of the families and 82.30% of the genera) of the flora, of which the dominant geographical elements were pantropical distribution (42.02% of families) and tropical Asian distribution (30.08% of genera). This revealed that the flora of Lao PDR is tropical in nature and has a conspicuously tropical Asian affinity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640496/distance-decay-relationships-in-foliar-fungal-endophytes-are-driven-by-rare-taxa
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Ryoko Oono, Anna Rasmussen, Emilie Lefèvre
Foliar fungal endophytes represent a diverse and species-rich plant microbiome. Their biogeography provides essential clues to their cryptic relationship with hosts and the environment in which they disperse. We present species composition, diversity, and dispersal patterns of endophytic fungi associated with needles of Pinus taeda trees across regional scales in the absence of strong environmental gradients as well as within individual trees. An empirical designation of rare and abundant taxa enlightens us on the structure of endophyte communities...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636804/new-insights-into-global-biogeography-population-structure-and-natural-selection-from-the-genome-of-the-epipelagic-copepod-oithona
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Mohammed-Amin Madoui, Julie Poulain, Kevin Sugier, Marc Wessner, Benjamin Noel, Leo Berline, Karine Labadie, Astrid Cornils, Leocadio Blanco-Bercial, Lars Stemmann, Jean-Louis Jamet, Patrick Wincker
In the epipelagic ocean the genus Oithona is considered as one of the most abundant and widespread copepods and plays an important role in the trophic food web. Despite its ecological importance, little is known about the Oithona and cyclopoid copepods genomics. Therefore, we sequenced, assembled and annotated the genome of Oithona nana. The comparative genomic analysis integrating available copepod genomes highlighted the expansions of genes related to stress response, cell differentiation, and development, including genes coding Lin12-Notch-Repeat (LNR) domain proteins...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
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