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#1
Philipp C Münch, Bärbel Stecher, Alice C McHardy
Summary: Metagenomics revolutionized the field of microbial ecology, giving access to Gb-sized datasets of microbial communities under natural conditions. This enables fine-grained analyses of the functions of community members, studies of their association with phenotypes and environments, as well as of their microevolution and adaptation to changing environmental conditions. However, phylogenetic methods for studying adaptation and evolutionary dynamics are not able to cope with big data...
June 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637086/climate-drives-plant-pollinator-interactions-even-along-small-scale-climate-gradients-the-case-of-the-aegean
#2
T Petanidou, A S Kallimanis, M Lazarina, T Tscheulin, J Devalez, A Stefanaki, E Ηanlidou, A Vujić, A Kaloveloni, S P Sgardelis
Plant-pollinator network structure is the outcome of ecological and evolutionary processes, and although the importance of environmental factors is beyond doubt, our knowledge of how abiotic factors (e.g. climate) shape plant-pollinator networks remains limited. This knowledge gap is critical, as climate change poses a major threat to ecosystems, especially in the Mediterranean. This study focuses on one of the hottest parts of the Basin, the Aegean Archipelago, Greece, and examines how climate affects species richness and network properties (e...
June 21, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636789/out-of-the-dark-350-million-years-of-conservatism-and-evolution-in-diel-activity-patterns-in-vertebrates
#3
Samantha R Anderson, John J Wiens
Many animals are active only during a particular time (e.g., day vs. night), a partitioning that may have important consequences for species coexistence. An open question is the extent to which this diel activity niche is evolutionarily conserved or labile. Here, we analyze diel activity data across a phylogeny of 1914 tetrapod species. We find strong phylogenetic signal, showing that closely related species tend to share similar activity patterns. Ancestral reconstructions show that nocturnality was the most likely ancestral diel activity pattern for tetrapods and many major clades within it (e...
June 21, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635103/uncovering-the-dispersion-history-adaptive-evolution-and-selection-of-wheat-in-china
#4
Yong Zhou, Zhongxu Chen, Mengping Cheng, Jian Chen, Tingting Zhu, Rui Wang, Yaxi Liu, Pengfei Qi, Guoyue Chen, Qiantao Jiang, Yuming Wei, Ming-Cheng Luo, Eviatar Nevo, Robin G Allaby, Dengcai Liu, Jirui Wang, Jan Dvorák, Youliang Zheng
Wheat was introduced to China approximately 4500 years ago, where it adapted over a span of time to various environments in agro-ecological growing zones. We investigated 717 Chinese and 14 Iranian/Turkish geographically diverse, locally adapted wheat landraces with 27,933 DArTseq (for 717 landraces) and 312,831 Wheat660K (for a subset of 285 landraces) markers. This study highlights the adaptive evolutionary history of wheat cultivation in China. Environmental stresses and independent selection efforts have resulted in considerable genome-wide divergence at the population level in Chinese wheat landraces...
June 21, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634825/a-rapid-and-cost-effective-approach-for-the-development-of-polymorphic-microsatellites-in-non-model-species-using-paired-end-rad-sequencing
#5
Dong-Xiu Xue, Yu-Long Li, Jin-Xian Liu
As one of the most informative and versatile DNA-based markers, microsatellites have been widely used in population and conservation genetic studies. However, the development of microsatellites has traditionally been laborious, time-consuming, and expensive. In the present study, a rapid and cost-effective "RAD-seq-Assembly-Microsatellite" approach was developed to identify abundant microsatellite markers in non-model species using the roughskin sculpin Trachidermus fasciatus as a representative. Overlapping paired-end Illumina reads generated by restriction-site-associated DNA sequencing (RAD-seq) were clustered based on the similarity of reads containing the restriction enzyme recognition site and then assembled into contigs, which were used for microsatellite discovery and primer design...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634391/two-alternative-pathways-for-docosahexaenoic-acid-dha-22-6n-3-biosynthesis-are-widespread-among-teleost-fish
#6
Angela Oboh, Naoki Kabeya, Greta Carmona-Antoñanzas, L Filipe C Castro, James R Dick, Douglas R Tocher, Oscar Monroig
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) plays important physiological roles in vertebrates. Studies in rats and rainbow trout confirmed that DHA biosynthesis proceeds through the so-called "Sprecher pathway", a biosynthetic process requiring a Δ6 desaturation of 24:5n-3 to 24:6n-3. Alternatively, some teleosts possess fatty acyl desaturases 2 (Fads2) that enable them to biosynthesis DHA through a more direct route termed the "Δ4 pathway". In order to elucidate the prevalence of both pathways among teleosts, we investigated the Δ6 ability towards C24 substrates of Fads2 from fish with different evolutionary and ecological backgrounds...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634150/molecular-phylogenetics-and-biogeography-of-the-ambush-bugs-hemiptera-reduviidae-phymatinae
#7
Paul Masonick, Amy Michael, Sarah Frankenberg, Wolfgang Rabitsch, Christiane Weirauch
The ambush bugs (Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Phymatinae) are a diverse clade of predators known for their cryptic hunting behavior and morphologically diverse raptorial forelegs. Despite their striking appearance, role as pollinator predators, and intriguing biogeographic distribution, phylogenetic relationships within Phymatinae are largely unknown and the evolutionary history of the subfamily has remained in the dark. We here utilize the most extensive molecular phylogeny of ambush bugs to date, generated from a 3,328 base pair molecular dataset, to refine our understanding of phymatine relationships, estimate dates of divergence (BEAST 2), and uncover historical biogeographic patterns (S-DIVA and DEC)...
June 17, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633194/moving-forward-in-circles-challenges-and-opportunities-in-modelling-population-cycles
#8
REVIEW
Frédéric Barraquand, Stilianos Louca, Karen C Abbott, Christina A Cobbold, Flora Cordoleani, Donald L DeAngelis, Bret D Elderd, Jeremy W Fox, Priscilla Greenwood, Frank M Hilker, Dennis L Murray, Christopher R Stieha, Rachel A Taylor, Kelsey Vitense, Gail S K Wolkowicz, Rebecca C Tyson
Population cycling is a widespread phenomenon, observed across a multitude of taxa in both laboratory and natural conditions. Historically, the theory associated with population cycles was tightly linked to pairwise consumer-resource interactions and studied via deterministic models, but current empirical and theoretical research reveals a much richer basis for ecological cycles. Stochasticity and seasonality can modulate or create cyclic behaviour in non-intuitive ways, the high-dimensionality in ecological systems can profoundly influence cycling, and so can demographic structure and eco-evolutionary dynamics...
June 20, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632342/variation-in-gene-regulation-underlying-annual-and-perennial-flowering-in-arabideae-species
#9
Jannice Friedman
The diversity of life history strategies within the angiosperms illustrates the evolutionary flexibility of reproductive characteristics. The number of times an individual reproduces is a key life history trait, and transitions from iteroparous perennials to semelparous annuals have occurred frequently in the flowering plants. Despite the frequency of this evolutionary transition, and the importance of annuality versus perenniality to both agriculture and ecology, understanding the molecular and genetic mechanisms involved in perennial flowering is in their infancy...
July 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631322/prolonged-embryogenesis-in-austrobaileya-scandens-austrobaileyaceae-its-ecological-and-evolutionary-significance
#10
Juan M Losada, Julien B Bachelier, William E Friedman
The embryology of basal angiosperm lineages (Amborella, Nymphaeales and Austrobaileyales) is central to reconstructing the early evolution of flowering plants. Previous studies have shown that mature seeds in Austrobaileyales are albuminous, with a small embryo surrounded by a substantial diploid endosperm. However, little is known of seed ontogeny and seedling germination in Austrobaileya scandens, sister to all other extant Austrobaileyales. Standard histochemical techniques were used to study ovule/seed development and germination of Austrobaileya...
July 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630747/global-patterns-in-coronavirus-diversity
#11
Simon J Anthony, Christine K Johnson, Denise J Greig, Sarah Kramer, Xiaoyu Che, Heather Wells, Allison L Hicks, Damien O Joly, Nathan D Wolfe, Peter Daszak, William Karesh, W I Lipkin, Stephen S Morse, Jonna A K Mazet, Tracey Goldstein
Since the emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrom Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) it has become increasingly clear that bats are important reservoirs of CoVs. Despite this, only 6% of all CoV sequences in GenBank are from bats. The remaining 94% largely consist of known pathogens of public health or agricultural significance, indicating that current research effort is heavily biased towards describing known diseases rather than the 'pre-emergent' diversity in bats...
January 2017: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630293/a-null-model-for-microbial-diversification
#12
Timothy J Straub, Olga Zhaxybayeva
Whether prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea) are naturally organized into phenotypically and genetically cohesive units comparable to animal or plant species remains contested, frustrating attempts to estimate how many such units there might be, or to identify the ecological roles they play. Analyses of gene sequences in various closely related prokaryotic groups reveal that sequence diversity is typically organized into distinct clusters, and processes such as periodic selection and extensive recombination are understood to be drivers of cluster formation ("speciation")...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626973/role-of-parasite-transmission-in-promoting-inbreeding-ii-pedigree-reconstruction-reveals-sib-transmission-and-consequent-kin-mating
#13
Jillian T Detwiler, Charles D Criscione
Even though parasitic flatworms are one of the most species rich groups of hermaphroditic organisms, we know virtually nothing of their mating systems (selfing or kin-mating rates) in nature. Hence, we lack an understanding of the role of inbreeding in parasite evolution. The natural mating systems of parasitic flatworms have remained elusive due to the inherent difficulty in generating progeny-array data in many parasite systems. New developments in pedigree reconstruction allow direct inference of realized selfing rates in nature by simply using a sample of genotyped individuals...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626971/genetics-and-developmental-biology-of-cooperation
#14
Claudia Kasper, Maddalena Vierbuchen, Ulrich Ernst, Stefan Fischer, Reinder Radersma, Aura Raulo, Filipa Cunha-Saraiva, Min Wu, Kenyon Mobley, Barbara Taborsky
Despite essential progress towards understanding the evolution of cooperative behaviour, we still lack detailed knowledge about its underlying molecular mechanisms, genetic basis, evolutionary dynamics and ontogeny. An international workshop 'Genetics and Development of Cooperation', organized by the University of Bern (Switzerland), aimed at discussing the current progress in this research field and suggesting avenues for future research. This review uses the major themes of the meeting as a springboard to synthesize the concepts of genetic and non-genetic inheritance of cooperation, and to review a quantitative genetic framework that allows for the inclusion of indirect genetic effects...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625087/the-ex-pat-effect-presence-of-recent-western-immigrants-is-associated-with-changes-in-age-at-first-birth-and-birth-rate-in-a-maya-population-from-rural-guatemala
#15
Luseadra McKerracher, Mark Collard, Rachel Altman, Michael Richards, Pablo Nepomnaschy
BACKGROUND: Economic transitions expose indigenous populations to a variety of ecological and cultural challenges, especially regarding diet and stress. These kinds of challenges are predicted by evolutionary ecological theory to have fitness consequences (differential reproduction) and, indeed, are often associated with changes in fertility dynamics. It is currently unclear whether international immigration might impact the nature of such an economic transition or its consequences for fertility...
June 18, 2017: Annals of Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620590/functional-redundancy-and-ecological-innovation-shape-the-circulation-of-tick-transmitted-pathogens
#16
Agustín Estrada-Peña, José de la Fuente, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz
Ticks are vectors of pathogens affecting human and animal health worldwide. Nevertheless, the ecological and evolutionary interactions between ticks, hosts, and pathogens are largely unknown. Here, we integrated a framework to evaluate the associations of the tick Ixodes ricinus with its hosts and environmental niches that impact pathogen circulation. The analysis of tick-hosts association suggested that mammals and lizards were the ancestral hosts of this tick species, and that a leap to Aves occurred around 120 M years ago...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620214/phylogenomic-insight-into-salinispora-bacteria-actinobacteria-species-designations
#17
Natalie Millán-Aguiñaga, Krystle L Chavarria, Juan A Ugalde, Anne-Catrin Letzel, Greg W Rouse, Paul R Jensen
Bacteria represent the most genetically diverse kingdom of life. While great progress has been made in describing this diversity, it remains difficult to identify the phylogenetic and ecological characteristics that delineate groups of bacteria that possess species-like properties. One major challenge associated with species delineations is that not all shared genes have the same evolutionary history, and thus the choice of loci can have a major impact on phylogenetic reconstruction. Sequencing the genomes of large numbers of closely related strains provides new opportunities to distinguish ancestral from acquired alleles and assess the effects of recombination on phylogenetic inference...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620201/interactions-between-the-developmental-and-adult-social-environments-mediate-group-dynamics-and-offspring-traits-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#18
Juliano Morimoto, Fleur Ponton, Ilona Tychsen, Jason Cassar, Stuart Wigby
Developmental conditions can strongly influence adult phenotypes and social interactions, which in turn affect key evolutionary processes such as sexual selection and sexual conflict. While the implications of social interactions in phenotypically mixed populations at the individual level are increasingly well known, how these effects influence the fate of groups remains poorly understood, which limits our understanding of the broader ecological implications. To address this problem we manipulated adult phenotypes and social composition in Drosophila melanogaster - by experimentally manipulating the larval density of the group-members - and measured a range of group-level outcomes across the lifespan of groups...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620151/reproductive-innovation-and-the-recognition-of-a-new-genus-within-the-polystomatidae-monogenea-infecting-chelonian-vertebrates
#19
Richard C Tinsley
Polystomatid monogeneans have a wide diversity of life cycles correlated with the varied ecology and behaviour of their aquatic vertebrate hosts. Typically, transmission involves a swimming infective larva but most hosts are amphibious and invasion is interrupted when hosts leave water. A key life cycle adaptation involves a uterus that, in the most specialised cases, may contain several hundred fully-developed larvae prepared for instant host-to-host transmission. By contrast, one subfamily of the Polystomatidae - the Polystomoidinae, specific to chelonians (freshwater turtles) - has a simplified reproductive system without a uterus...
June 7, 2017: Folia Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618196/integrating-chytrid-fungal-parasites-into-plankton-ecology-research-gaps-and-needs
#20
REVIEW
Thijs Frenken, Elisabet Alacid, Stella A Berger, Elizabeth C Bourne, Mélanie Gerphagnon, Hans-Peter Grossart, Alena S Gsell, Bas W Ibelings, Maiko Kagami, Frithjof C Küpper, Peter M Letcher, Adeline Loyau, Takeshi Miki, Jens C Nejstgaard, Serena Rasconi, Albert Reñé, Thomas Rohrlack, Keilor Rojas-Jimenez, Dirk S Schmeller, Bettina Scholz, Kensuke Seto, Télesphore Sime-Ngando, Assaf Sukenik, Dedmer B Van de Waal, Silke Van den Wyngaert, Ellen Van Donk, Justyna Wolinska, Christian Wurzbacher, Ramsy Agha
Chytridiomycota, often referred to as chytrids, can be virulent parasites with the potential to inflict mass mortalities on hosts, causing e.g. changes in phytoplankton size distributions and succession, and the delay or suppression of bloom events. Molecular environmental surveys have revealed an unexpectedly large diversity of chytrids across a wide range of aquatic ecosystems worldwide. As a result, scientific interest towards fungal parasites of phytoplankton has been gaining momentum in the past few years...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
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