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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229542/condition-dependence-and-sexual-ornamentation-effects-of-immune-challenges-on-a-highly-sexually-dimorphic-grasshopper
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J Pablo Valverde, Hendrik Eggert, Joachim Kurtz, Holger Schielzeth
Sexual ornaments contribute substantially to phenotypic diversity and it is particularly relevant to understand their evolution. Ornaments can assume the function of signals-of-quality that the choosy sex uses to evaluate potential mating partners. Often there are no obvious direct benefits and investment into mate choice is primarily rewarded by beneficial alleles that are inherited to the offspring. Inter-sexual communication via sexual ornaments requires honesty of the sexual signal, yet the question of what maintains honesty remains only partially solved...
February 23, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228535/genome-wide-prediction-of-metabolic-enzymes-pathways-and-gene-clusters-in-plants
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Pascal Schlapfer, Peifen Zhang, Chuan Wang, Taehyong Kim, Michael Banf, Lee Chae, Kate Dreher, Arvind K Chavali, Ricardo Nilo-Poyanco, Thomas Bernard, Daniel Kahn, Seung Y Rhee
Plant metabolism underpins many traits of ecological and agronomic importance. Plants produce numerous compounds to cope with their environments but the biosynthetic pathways for most of these compounds have not yet been elucidated. To engineer and improve metabolic traits, we need comprehensive and accurate knowledge of the organization and regulation of plant metabolism at the genome scale. Here, we present a computational pipeline to identify metabolic enzymes, pathways and gene clusters from a sequenced genome...
February 22, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226237/novel-insights-into-tree-biology-and-genome-evolution-as-revealed-through-genomics
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David B Neale, Pedro J Martínez-García, Amanda R De La Torre, Sara Montanari, Xiao-Xin Wei
Reference genome sequences are the key to the discovery of genes and gene families that determine traits of interest. Recent progress in sequencing technologies has enabled a rapid increase in genome sequencing of tree species, allowing the dissection of complex characters of economic importance, such as fruit and wood quality and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Although the number of reference genome sequences for trees lags behind those for other plant species, it is not too early to gain insight into the unique features that distinguish trees from nontree plants...
February 6, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226236/new-strategies-and-tools-in-quantitative-genetics-how-to-go-from-the-phenotype-to-the-genotype
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C Bazakos, M Hanemian, C Trontin, J M Jiménez-Gómez, O Loudet
Quantitative genetics has a long history in plants: It has been used to study specific biological processes, identify the factors important for trait evolution, and breed new crop varieties. These classical approaches to quantitative trait locus mapping have naturally improved with technology. In this review, we show how quantitative genetics has evolved recently in plants and how new developments in phenotyping, population generation, sequencing, gene manipulation, and statistics are rejuvenating both the classical linkage mapping approaches (for example, through nested association mapping) as well as the more recently developed genome-wide association studies...
February 6, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224003/darwinism-for-the-genomic-age-connecting-mutation-to-diversification
#5
Xia Hua, Lindell Bromham
A growing body of evidence suggests that rates of diversification of biological lineages are correlated with differences in genome-wide mutation rate. Given that most research into differential patterns of diversification rate have focused on species traits or ecological parameters, a connection to the biochemical processes of genome change is an unexpected observation. While the empirical evidence for a significant association between mutation rate and diversification rate is mounting, there has been less effort in explaining the factors that mediate this connection between genetic change and species richness...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221827/hormonally-mediated-increases-in-sex-biased-gene-expression-accompany-the-breakdown-of-between-sex-genetic-correlations-in-a-sexually-dimorphic-lizard
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Robert M Cox, Christian L Cox, Joel W McGlothlin, Daren C Card, Audra L Andrew, Todd A Castoe
The evolution of sexual dimorphism is predicted to occur through reductions in between-sex genetic correlations (rmf) for shared traits, but the physiological and genetic mechanisms that facilitate these reductions remain largely speculative. Here, we use a paternal half-sibling breeding design in captive brown anole lizards (Anolis sagrei) to show that the development of sexual size dimorphism is mirrored by the ontogenetic breakdown of rmf for body size and growth rate. Using transcriptome data from the liver (which integrates growth and metabolism), we show that sex-biased gene expression also increases dramatically between ontogenetic stages bracketing this breakdown of rmf...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220680/an-environmental-sociology-for-the-anthropocene
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Gary Bowden
Attention to the relationship between nature and society has been a defining feature of environmental sociology since its inception. Early research, incorporating insights from ecology, argued for the need to (1) theorize the causal connections between nature and society and (2) contextualize those connections in terms of biophysical limits resulting from resource scarcity. Over the past two decades, partly in response to new forms of existential threat such as climate change, the treatment of nature and society as distinct entities has given way to a focus on socio-natural assemblages...
February 2017: Canadian Review of Sociology, Revue Canadienne de Sociologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220606/lamarck-rises-from-his-grave-parental-environment-induced-epigenetic-inheritance-in-model-organisms-and-humans
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Yan Wang, Huijie Liu, Zhongsheng Sun
Organisms can change their physiological/behavioural traits to adapt and survive in changed environments. However, whether these acquired traits can be inherited across generations through non-genetic alterations has been a topic of debate for over a century. Emerging evidence indicates that both ancestral and parental experiences, including nutrition, environmental toxins, nurturing behaviour, and social stress, can have powerful effects on the physiological, metabolic and cellular functions in an organism...
February 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219972/venomics-integrative-venom-proteomics-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Juan J Calvete
Venoms are integrated phenotypes that evolved independently in, and are used for predatory and defensive purposes by, a wide phylogenetic range of organisms. The same principles that contribute to the evolutionary success of venoms, contribute to making the study of venoms of great interest in such diverse fields as evolutionary ecology and biotechnology. Evolution is profoundly contingent, and nature also reinvents itself continuosly. Changes in a complex phenotypic trait, such as venom, reflect the influences of prior evolutionary history, chance events, and selection...
February 20, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218960/evolutionary-genetics-of-host-shifts-in-herbivorous-insects-insights-from-the-age-of-genomics
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Kim L Vertacnik, Catherine R Linnen
Adaptation to different host taxa is a key driver of insect diversification. Herbivorous insects are classic models for ecological and evolutionary research, but it is recent advances in sequencing, statistics, and molecular technologies that have cleared the way for investigations into the proximate genetic mechanisms underlying host shifts. In this review, we discuss how genome-scale data are revealing-at resolutions previously unimaginable-the genetic architecture of host-use traits, the causal loci underlying host shifts, and the predictability of host-use evolution...
February 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217118/genomic-characterization-of-dairy-associated-leuconostoc-species-and-diversity-of-leuconostocs-in-undefined-mixed-mesophilic-starter-cultures
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Cyril A Frantzen, Witold Kot, Thomas B Pedersen, Ylva M Ardö, Jeff R Broadbent, Horst Neve, Lars H Hansen, Fabio Dal Bello, Hilde M Østlie, Hans P Kleppen, Finn K Vogensen, Helge Holo
Undefined mesophilic mixed (DL-type) starter cultures are composed of predominantly Lactococcus lactis subspecies and 1-10% Leuconostoc spp. The composition of the Leuconostoc population in the starter culture ultimately affects the characteristics and the quality of the final product. The scientific basis for the taxonomy of dairy relevant leuconostocs can be traced back 50 years, and no documentation on the genomic diversity of leuconostocs in starter cultures exists. We present data on the Leuconostoc population in five DL-type starter cultures commonly used by the dairy industry...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217109/e-coli-group-1-capsular-polysaccharide-exportation-nanomachinary-as-a-plausible-antivirulence-target-in-the-perspective-of-emerging-antimicrobial-resistance
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Shivangi Sachdeva, Raghuvamsi V Palur, Karpagam U Sudhakar, Thenmalarchelvi Rathinavelan
Bacteria evolving resistance against the action of multiple drugs and its ability to disseminate the multidrug resistance trait(s) across various strains of the same bacteria or different bacterial species impose serious threat to public health. Evolution of such multidrug resistance is due to the fact that, most of the antibiotics target bacterial survival mechanisms which exert selective pressure on the bacteria and aids them to escape from the action of antibiotics. Nonetheless, targeting bacterial virulence strategies such as bacterial surface associated polysaccharides biosynthesis and their surface accumulation mechanisms may be an attractive strategy, as they impose less selective pressure on the bacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216663/the-importance-of-pollen-chemistry-in-evolutionary-host-shifts-of-bees
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Maryse Vanderplanck, Nicolas J Vereecken, Laurent Grumiau, Fabiana Esposito, Georges Lognay, Ruddy Wattiez, Denis Michez
Although bee-plant associations are generally maintained through speciation processes, host shifts have occurred during evolution. Understanding shifts between both phylogenetically and morphologically unrelated plants (i.e., host-saltation) is especially important since they could have been key processes in the origin and radiation of bees. Probably far from being a random process, such host-saltation might be driven by hidden constraints associated with plant traits. We selected two clades of oligolectic bees (i...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214856/the-central-nervous-system-of-jawless-vertebrates-encephalization-in-lampreys-and-hagfishes
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Carlos A Salas, Kara E Yopak, Thomas J Lisney, Ian C Potter, Shaun P Collin
Lampreys and hagfishes are the sole surviving representatives of the early agnathan (jawless) stage in vertebrate evolution, which has previously been regarded as the least encephalized group of all vertebrates. Very little is known, however, about the extent of interspecific variation in relative brain size in these fishes, as previous studies have focused on only a few species, even though lampreys exhibit a variety of life history traits. While some species are parasitic as adults, with varying feeding behaviors, others (nonparasitic species) do not feed after completing their macrophagous freshwater larval phase...
February 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212875/genotyping-by-sequencing-provides-the-first-well-resolved-phylogeny-for-coffee-coffea-and-insights-into-the-evolution-of-caffeine-content-in-its-species-gbs-coffee-phylogeny-and-the-evolution-of-caffeine-content
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Perla Hamon, Corrinne E Grover, Aaron P Davis, Jean-Jacques Rakotomalala, Nathalie E Raharimalala, Victor A Albert, Hosahalli L Sreenath, Piet Stoffelen, Sharon E Mitchell, Emmanuel Couturon, Serge Hamon, Alexandre de Kochko, Dominique Crouzillat, Michel Rigoreau, Ucu Sumirat, Sélastique Akaffou, Romain Guyot
A comprehensive and meaningful phylogenetic hypothesis for the commercially important coffee genus (Coffea) has long been a key objective for coffee researchers. For molecular studies, progress has been limited by low levels of sequence divergence, leading to insufficient topological resolution and statistical support in phylogenetic trees, particularly for the major lineages and for the numerous species occurring in Madagascar. We report here the first almost fully resolved, broadly sampled phylogenetic hypothesis for coffee, the result of combining genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) technology with a newly developed, lab-based workflow to integrate short read next-generation sequencing for low numbers of additional samples...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212437/the-nature-of-allometry-in-an-exaggerated-trait-the-postocular-flange-in-platyneuromus-weele-insecta-megaloptera
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Andrés Ramírez-Ponce, Gabriela Garfias-Lozano, Atilano Contreras-Ramos
The origin and function of exaggerated traits exhibited by a great number of species with sexual dimorphism remain largely unexplored. The usual model considered as the evolutionary mechanism for the development of these structures is sexual selection. The nature of growth of the postocular flange (POF) in three species of the dobsonfly genus Platyneuromus (Megaloptera, Corydalidae, Corydalinae) is analyzed to explore sexual size dimorphism and allometric scaling. Results involve positive allometry of POF in males of two species, and negative allometry in males of one species, in general with a female-biased sexual dimorphism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211577/genetic-dissection-of-adaptive-form-and-function-in-rapidly-speciating-cichlid-fishes
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Frederico Henning, Gonzalo Machado-Schiaffino, Lukas Baumgarten, Axel Meyer
Genes of major phenotypic effects and strong genetic correlations can facilitate adaptation, direct selective responses and potentially lead to phenotypic convergence. However, the preponderance of this type of genetic architecture in repeatedly-evolved adaptations remains unknown. Using hybrids between Haplochromis chilotes (thick-lipped) and H. nyererei (thin-lipped) we investigated the genetics underlying hypertrophied lips and elongated heads, traits that evolved repeatedly in cichlids. At least 25 loci of small-to-moderate and mainly additive effects were detected...
February 17, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211157/unravelling-intravertebral-integration-modularity-and-disparity-in-felidae-mammalia
#18
Marcela Randau, Anjali Goswami
Morphological integration and modularity, which describe the relationships among morphological attributes and reflect genetic, developmental, and functional interactions, have been hypothesized to be major influences on trait responses to selection and thus morphological evolution. The mammalian presacral vertebral column shows little variation in vertebral count and therefore specialization for function occurs primarily through modification of vertebral shape. However, vertebral shape has been suggested to be under strong control from developmental canalization, although this has never been explicitly tested...
February 17, 2017: Evolution & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202809/mammal-body-size-evolution-in-north-america-and-europe-over-20-myr-similar-trends-generated-by-different-processes
#19
Shan Huang, Jussi T Eronen, Christine M Janis, Juha J Saarinen, Daniele Silvestro, Susanne A Fritz
Because body size interacts with many fundamental biological properties of a species, body size evolution can be an essential component of the generation and maintenance of biodiversity. Here we investigate how body size evolution can be linked to the clade-specific diversification dynamics in different geographical regions. We analyse an extensive body size dataset of Neogene large herbivores (covering approx. 50% of the 970 species in the orders Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla) in Europe and North America in a Bayesian framework...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202600/neoteny-prolongation-of-youth-from-naked-mole-rats-to-naked-apes-humans
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REVIEW
Vladimir P Skulachev, Susanne Holtze, Mikhail Y Vyssokikh, Lora E Bakeeva, Maxim V Skulachev, Alexander V Markov, Thomas B Hildebrandt, Viktor A Sadovnichii
It has been suggested that highly social mammals, such as naked mole rats and humans, are long-lived due to neoteny (the prolongation of youth). In both species, aging cannot operate as a mechanism facilitating natural selection because the pressure of this selection is strongly reduced due to 1) a specific social structure where only the "queen" and her "husband(s)" are involved in reproduction (naked mole rats) or 2) substituting fast technological progress for slow biological evolution (humans). Lists of numerous traits of youth that do not disappear with age in naked mole rats and humans are presented and discussed...
April 2017: Physiological Reviews
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