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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089840/biogeography-and-diversification-dynamics-of-the-african-woodpeckers
#1
Jérôme Fuchs, Jean-Marc Pons, Rauri C K Bowie
The dynamics of species accumulation of African terrestrial vertebrates over time remains underexplored in comparison with those in the New World, despite Africa hosting about 25% of the world's avian diversity. This lack of knowledge hampers our understanding of the fundamental processes that drive biodiversity and the dynamics of speciation. To begin to address this gap, we reconstructed species-level phylogenies of two unrelated clades of African woodpeckers (12 species of Geocolaptes/Campethera and 13 species of Chloropicus/ Mesopicos/ Dendropicos/Ipophilus) that diverged from their closest Indo-Malayan relatives at similar times...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073771/out-of-borneo-biogeography-phylogeny-and-divergence-date-estimates-of-artocarpus-moraceae
#2
Evelyn W Williams, Elliot M Gardner, Robert Harris, Arunrat Chaveerach, Joan T Pereira, Nyree J C Zerega
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The breadfruit genus (Artocarpus, Moraceae) includes valuable underutilized fruit tree crops with a centre of diversity in Southeast Asia. It belongs to the monophyletic tribe Artocarpeae, whose only other members include two small neotropical genera. This study aimed to reconstruct the phylogeny, estimate divergence dates and infer ancestral ranges of Artocarpeae, especially Artocarpus, to better understand spatial and temporal evolutionary relationships and dispersal patterns in a geologically complex region...
January 10, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073547/morphology-molecular-phylogeny-and-azaspiracid-profile-of-azadinium-poporum-dinophyceae-from-the-gulf-of-mexico
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REVIEW
Zhaohe Luo, Bernd Krock, Kenneth Neil Mertens, Andrea Michelle Price, Robert Eugene Turner, Nancy N Rabalais, Haifeng Gu
Azadinium poporum produces a variety of azaspiracids and consists of several ribotypes, but information on its biogeography is limited. A strain of A. poporum (GM29) was incubated from a Gulf of Mexico sediment sample. Strain GM29 was characterized by a plate pattern of po, cp, x, 4', 3a, 6″, 6C, 5S, 6‴, 2⁗, a distinct ventral pore at the junction of po and the first two apical plates, and a lack of an antapical spine, thus fitting the original description of A. poporum. The genus Azadinium has not been reported in waters of the United States of America before this study...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073480/a-review-of-the-global-ecology-genomics-and-biogeography-of-the-toxic-cyanobacterium-microcystis-spp
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REVIEW
Matthew J Harke, Morgan M Steffen, Christopher J Gobler, Timothy G Otten, Steven W Wilhelm, Susanna A Wood, Hans W Paerl
This review summarizes the present state of knowledge regarding the toxic, bloom-forming cyanobacterium, Microcystis, with a specific focus on its geographic distribution, toxins, genomics, phylogeny, and ecology. A global analysis found documentation suggesting geographic expansion of Microcystis, with recorded blooms in at least 108 countries, 79 of which have also reported the hepatatoxin microcystin. The production of microcystins (originally "Fast-Death Factor") by Microcystis and factors that control synthesis of this toxin are reviewed, as well as the putative ecophysiological roles of this metabolite...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073477/a-review-of-the-phylogeny-ecology-and-toxin-production-of-bloom-forming-aphanizomenon-spp-and-related-species-within-the-nostocales-cyanobacteria
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REVIEW
Samuel Cirés, Andreas Ballot
The traditional genus Aphanizomenon comprises a group of filamentous nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria of which several memebers are able to develop blooms and to produce toxic metabolites (cyanotoxins), including hepatotoxins (microcystins), neurotoxins (anatoxins and saxitoxins) and cytotoxins (cylindrospermopsin). This genus, representing geographically widespread and extensively studied cyanobacteria, is in fact heterogeneous and composed of at least five phylogenetically distant groups (Aphanizomenon, Anabaena/Aphanizomenon like cluster A, Cuspidothrix, Sphaerospermopsis and Chrysosporum) whose taxonomy is still under revision...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073458/the-ichthyotoxic-genus-pseudochattonella-dictyochophyceae-distribution-toxicity-enumeration-ecological-impact-succession-and-life-history-a-review
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REVIEW
Lisa Eckford-Soper, Niels Daugbjerg
The marine genus Pseudochattonella is a recent addition to the list of fish killing microalgae. Currently two species are recognised (viz. P. verruculosa and P. farcimen) which both form recurrent coastal blooms sometimes overlapping in space and time. These events and their ecological and economic consequences have resulted in great interest and concern from marine biologists and the aquaculture industry. Since the first recorded blooms in Japanese (late 1980s), Scandinavian (1993) and Chilean (2004) waters numerous studies have focused on understanding the causative means of the fish killing...
September 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073439/the-competitive-dynamics-of-toxic-alexandrium-fundyense-and-non-toxic-alexandrium-tamarense-the-role-of-temperature
#7
Lisa K Eckford-Soper, Eileen Bresnan, Jean-Pierre Lacaze, David H Green, Keith Davidson
The dinoflagellate Alexandrium produces paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins. The genus is globally distributed, with Scottish waters being of particular interest due to the co-occurrence of different species and strains. In Scottish waters, Alexandrium was historically thought to be dominated by the highly toxic (Group I) Alexandrium fundyense. However, the morphologically indistinguishable (Group III) Alexandrium tamarense has recently also been found to co-occur, raising important questions in relation to Alexandrium biogeography...
March 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069777/an-african-origin-of-the-eurylaimides-passeriformes-and-the-successful-diversification-of-the-ground-foraging-pittas-pittidae
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Alexandre Pedro Selvatti, Ana Galvão, Anieli Guirro Pereira, Luiz Pedreira Gonzaga, Claudia Augusta de Moraes Russo
The Eurylaimides is one of the few passerine groups with a pantropical distribution. In this study, we generated a multi-calibrated tree with 83% of eurylaimid species diversity based on 30 molecular loci. Particular attention was given to the monotypic Sapayoidae to reconstruct the biogeography of this radiation. We conducted several topological tests including nonoverlapping subsampling of the concatenated alignment and coalescent species tree reconstruction. These tests firmly placed the South American Sapayoidae as the sister group to all other Eurylaimides families (split at ∼28 Ma), with increasing branch support as highly variable sites were removed...
November 14, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069533/myrteae-phylogeny-calibration-biogeography-and-diversification-patterns-increased-understanding-in-the-most-species-rich-tribe-of-myrtaceae
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Thais N C Vasconcelos, Carol E B Proença, Berhaman Ahmad, Daniel S Aguilar, Reinaldo Aguilar, Bruno S Amorim, Keron Campbell, Itayguara R Costa, Plauto S De-Carvalho, Jair E Q Faria, Augusto Giaretta, Pepijn W Kooij, Duane F Lima, Fiorella F Mazine, Brigido Peguero, Gerhard Prenner, Matheus F Santos, Julia Soewarto, Astrid Wingler, Eve J Lucas
Myrteae (c. 2500 species; 51 genera) is the largest tribe of Myrtaceae and an ecologically important groups of angiosperms in the Neotropics. Systematic relationships in Myrteae are complex, hindering conservation initiatives and jeopardizing evolutionary modelling. A well-supported and robust phylogenetic hypothesis was here targeted towards a comprehensive understanding of the relationships within the tribe. The resultant topology was used as a base for key evolutionary analyses such as age estimation, historical biogeography and diversification rate patterns...
January 6, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068963/erratum-to-palaeoenvironmental-drivers-of-vertebrate-community-composition-in-the-belly-river-group-campanian-of-alberta-canada-with-implications-for-dinosaur-biogeography
#10
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068340/phylogeography-of-rift-valley-fever-virus-in-africa-and-the-arabian-peninsula
#11
Abdallah M Samy, A Townsend Peterson, Matthew Hall
Rift Valley Fever is an acute zoonotic viral disease caused by Rift Valley Fever virus (RVFV) that affects ruminants and humans in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. We used phylogenetic analyses to understand the demographic history of RVFV populations, using sequence data from the three minigenomic segments of the virus. We used phylogeographic approaches to infer RVFV historical movement patterns across its geographic range, and to reconstruct transitions among host species. Results revealed broad circulation of the virus in East Africa, with many lineages originating in Kenya...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067268/regional-adaptation-defines-sensitivity-to-future-ocean-acidification
#12
Piero Calosi, Sedercor Melatunan, Lucy M Turner, Yuri Artioli, Robert L Davidson, Jonathan J Byrne, Mark R Viant, Stephen Widdicombe, Simon D Rundle
Physiological responses to temperature are known to be a major determinant of species distributions and can dictate the sensitivity of populations to global warming. In contrast, little is known about how other major global change drivers, such as ocean acidification (OA), will shape species distributions in the future. Here, by integrating population genetics with experimental data for growth and mineralization, physiology and metabolomics, we demonstrate that the sensitivity of populations of the gastropod Littorina littorea to future OA is shaped by regional adaptation...
January 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057553/time-to-split-salvia-s-l-lamiaceae-new-insights-from-old-world-salvia-phylogeny
#13
Maria Will, Regine Claßen-Bockhoff
AIMS: Salvia L. is widely known as the largest genus in the mint family. A morphological modification of the androecium (lever-like stamens) was used to support this genus. However, molecular data revealed that Salvia is polyphyletic. Since phylogenetic studies largely underrepresented Old World Salvia species, we filled this gap and combined new data with existing sequences. The aim of our study was the identification of well-supported clades that provide the basis for evolutionary and taxonomic conclusions...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057552/model-selection-in-statistical-historical-biogeography-of-neotropical-insects-the-exophthalmus-genus-complex-curculionidae-entiminae
#14
Guanyang Zhang, Usmaan Basharat, Nicholas Matzke, Nico M Franz
Statistical historical biogeographic methods rely on models that represent various biogeographic processes. Until recently model selection in this domain was not widely used, and the impact of differential model selection on inferring biogeographic scenarios was not well understood. Focusing on Neotropical weevils in the Exophthalmus genus complex (EGC) (Insecta: Curculionidae: Entiminae), we compare three commonly used biogeographic models - DIVA (Dispersal-Vicariance Analysis), DEC (Dispersal-Extinction-Cladogenesis) and BayArea (Bayesian Analysis of Biogeography), and examine the impact of modeling founder-event jump dispersal on historical biogeographic reconstructions...
January 2, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045457/endemicity-of-the-cosmopolitan-mesophilic-chemolithoautotroph-sulfurimonas-at-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vents
#15
Sayaka Mino, Satoshi Nakagawa, Hiroko Makita, Tomohiro Toki, Junichi Miyazaki, Stefan M Sievert, Martin F Polz, Fumio Inagaki, Anne Godfroy, Shingo Kato, Hiromi Watanabe, Takuro Nunoura, Koichi Nakamura, Hiroyuki Imachi, Tomo-O Watsuji, Shigeaki Kojima, Ken Takai, Tomoo Sawabe
Rich animal and microbial communities have been found at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Although the biogeography of vent macrofauna is well understood, the corresponding knowledge about vent microbial biogeography is lacking. Here, we apply the multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA) to assess the genetic variation of 109 Sulfurimonas strains with ⩾98% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity, which were isolated from four different geographical regions (Okinawa Trough (OT), Mariana Volcanic Arc and Trough (MVAT), Central Indian Ridge (CIR) and Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR))...
January 3, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039115/is-invasion-success-of-australian-trees-mediated-by-their-native-biogeography-phylogenetic-history-or-both
#16
Joseph T Miller, Cang Hui, Andrew Thornhill, Laure Gallien, Johannes J Le Roux, David M Richardson
For a plant species to become invasive it has to progress along the introduction-naturalization-invasion (INI) continuum which reflects the joint direction of niche breadth. Identification of traits that correlate with and drive species invasiveness along the continuum is a major focus of invasion biology. If invasiveness is underlain by heritable traits, and if such traits are phylogenetically conserved, then we would expect non-native species with different introduction status (i.e. position along the INI continuum) to show phylogenetic signal...
December 30, 2016: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035884/shaping-the-latitudinal-diversity-gradient-new-perspectives-from-a-synthesis-of-paleobiology-and-biogeography
#17
David Jablonski, Shan Huang, Kaustuv Roy, James W Valentine
An impediment to understanding the origin and dynamics of the latitudinal diversity gradient (LDG)-the most pervasive large-scale biotic pattern on Earth-has been the tendency to focus narrowly on a single causal factor when a more synthetic, integrative approach is needed. Using marine bivalves as a model system and drawing on other systems where possible, we review paleobiologic and biogeographic support for two supposedly opposing views, that the LDG is shaped primarily by (a) local environmental factors that determine the number of species and higher taxa at a given latitude (in situ hypotheses) or (b) the entry of lineages arising elsewhere into a focal region (spatial dynamics hypotheses)...
January 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032127/strengths-and-biases-of-high-throughput-sequencing-data-in-the-characterization-of-freshwater-ciliate-microbiomes
#18
Vittorio Boscaro, Alessia Rossi, Claudia Vannini, Franco Verni, Sergei I Fokin, Giulio Petroni
Molecular surveys of eukaryotic microbial communities employing high-throughput sequencing (HTS) techniques are rapidly supplanting traditional morphological approaches due to their larger data output and reduced bench work time. Here, we directly compare morphological and Illumina data obtained from the same samples, in an effort to characterize ciliate faunas from sediments in freshwater environments. We show how in silico processing affects the final outcome of our HTS analysis, providing evidence that quality filtering protocols strongly impact the number of predicted taxa, but not downstream conclusions such as biogeography patterns...
December 28, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031791/trapped-in-the-web-of-water-groundwater-fed-springs-are-island-like-ecosystems-for-the-meiofauna
#19
Simone Fattorini, Paulo A V Borges, Barbara Fiasca, Diana M P Galassi
We investigated whether the equilibrium theory of island biogeography (ETIB) can be applied to the meiofauna of groundwater-fed springs. We tested whether copepod species richness was related with spring area, discharge, and elevation. Additionally, five hypotheses are tested based on species distribution patterns, dispersal ability, and life-history characteristics of several guilds (stygobiotic, nonstygobiotic, cold stenotherm, and noncold stenotherm species). Thirty springs in the central Apennines (Italy) were considered...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028883/plant-community-geographic-distance-and-abiotic-factors-play-different-roles-in-predicting-amf-biogeography-at-the-regional-scale-in-northern-china
#20
Tianle Xu, Stavros D Veresoglou, Yongliang Chen, Matthias C Rillig, Dan Xiang, Daniel Ondrej, Zhipeng Hao, Lei Liu, Ye Deng, Yajun Hu, Weiping Chen, Juntao Wang, Jizheng He, Baodong Chen
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are ubiquitous mutualists of terrestrial plants and play key roles in regulating various ecosystem processes, but little is known about AMF biogeography at regional scale. This study aims at exploring the key predictors of AMF communities across a 5000-km transect in northern China. We determined the soil AMF species richness and community composition at 47 sites representative of four vegetation types (meadow steppe, typical steppe, desert steppe and desert) and related them to plant community characteristics, abiotic factors and geographic distance...
December 28, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
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