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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937809/effects-of-clonal-reproduction-on-evolutionary-lag-and-evolutionary-rescue
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Maria E Orive, Michael Barfield, Carlos Fernandez, Robert D Holt
Evolutionary lag-the difference between mean and optimal phenotype in the current environment-is of keen interest in light of rapid environmental change. Many ecologically important organisms have life histories that include stage structure and both sexual and clonal reproduction, yet how stage structure and clonality interplay to govern a population's rate of evolution and evolutionary lag is unknown. Effects of clonal reproduction on mean phenotype partition into two portions: one that is phenotype dependent, and another that is genotype dependent...
October 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937808/hybridization-associated-with-cycles-of-ecological-succession-in-a-passerine-bird
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Renée A Duckworth, Georgy A Semenov
Identifying the diversity of contexts that can lead to hybridization is important for understanding its prevalence and dynamics in natural populations. Despite the potential of ecological succession to dramatically alter species co-occurrence and abundances, it is unknown whether it directly promotes hybridization and, if so, has long-lasting consequences. Here, we summarize 30 years of survey data across 10 populations to show that in western and mountain bluebirds, heterospecific pairing occurs during repeatable and transient colonization events at the early stages of species turnover...
October 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930083/differential-patterns-of-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis-infection-in-relict-amphibian-populations-following-severe-disease-associated-declines
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Steven M Whitfield, Gilbert Alvarado, Juan Abarca, Hector Zumbado, Ibrahim Zuñiga, Mark Wainwright, Jacob Kerby
Global amphibian biodiversity has declined dramatically in the past 4 decades, and many amphibian species have declined to near extinction as a result of emergence of the amphibian chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). However, persistent or recovering populations of several amphibian species have recently been rediscovered, and such populations may illustrate how amphibian species that are highly susceptible to chytridiomycosis may survive in the presence of Bd. We conducted field surveys for Bd infection in 7 species of Costa Rican amphibians (all species that have declined to near extinction but for which isolated populations persist) to characterize infection profiles in highly Bd-susceptible amphibians post-decline...
September 20, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929018/inferring-weak-spots-in-phylogenetic-trees-application-to-mosasauroid-nomenclature
#4
Daniel Madzia, Andrea Cau
Mosasauroid squamates represented the apex predators within the Late Cretaceous marine and occasionally also freshwater ecosystems. Proper understanding of the origin of their ecological adaptations or paleobiogeographic dispersals requires adequate knowledge of their phylogeny. The studies assessing the position of mosasauroids on the squamate evolutionary tree and their origins have long given conflicting results. The phylogenetic relationships within Mosasauroidea, however, have experienced only little changes throughout the last decades...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929015/the-landscape-of-fear-conceptual-framework-definition-and-review-of-current-applications-and-misuses
#5
Sonny S Bleicher
Landscapes of Fear (LOF), the spatially explicit distribution of perceived predation risk as seen by a population, is increasingly cited in ecological literature and has become a frequently used "buzz-word". With the increase in popularity, it became necessary to clarify the definition for the term, suggest boundaries and propose a common framework for its use. The LOF, as a progeny of the "ecology of fear" conceptual framework, defines fear as the strategic manifestation of the cost-benefit analysis of food and safety tradeoffs...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928641/comparison-of-navigation-related-brain-regions-in-migratory-versus-non-migratory-noctuid-moths
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Liv de Vries, Keram Pfeiffer, Björn Trebels, Andrea K Adden, Ken Green, Eric Warrant, Stanley Heinze
Brain structure and function are tightly correlated across all animals. While these relations are ultimately manifestations of differently wired neurons, many changes in neural circuit architecture lead to larger-scale alterations visible already at the level of brain regions. Locating such differences has served as a beacon for identifying brain areas that are strongly associated with the ecological needs of a species-thus guiding the way towards more detailed investigations of how brains underlie species-specific behaviors...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926153/comparative-and-population-genomics-landscape-of-phellinus-noxius-a-hypervariable-fungus-causing-root-rot-in-trees
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Chia-Lin Chung, Tracy J Lee, Mitsuteru Akiba, Hsin-Han Lee, Tzu-Hao Kuo, Dang Liu, Huei-Mien Ke, Toshiro Yokoi, Marylette B Roa, Meiyeh J Lu, Ya-Yun Chang, Pao-Jen Ann, Jyh-Nong Tsai, Chien-Yu Chen, Shean-Shong Tzean, Yuko Ota, Tsutomu Hattori, Norio Sahashi, Ruey-Fen Liou, Taisei Kikuchi, Isheng J Tsai
The order Hymenochaetales of white rot fungi contain some of the most aggressive wood decayers causing tree deaths around the world. Despite their ecological importance and the impact of diseases they cause, little is known about the evolution and transmission patterns of these pathogens. Here, we sequenced and undertook comparative genomics analyses of Hymenochaetales genomes using brown root rot fungus Phellinus noxius, wood-decomposing fungus Phellinus lamaensis, laminated root rot fungus Phellinus sulphurascens, and trunk pathogen Porodaedalea pini...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926149/speciation-below-ground-tempo-and-mode-of-diversification-in-a-radiation-of-endogean-ground-beetles
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Carmelo Andújar, Sergio Pérez-González, Paula Arribas, Juan P Zaballos, Alfried P Vogler, Ignacio Ribera
Dispersal is a critical factor determining the spatial scale of speciation, which is constrained by the ecological characteristics and distribution of a species' habitat and the intrinsic traits of species. Endogean taxa are strongly affected by the unique qualities of the below-ground environment and its effect on dispersal, and contrasting reports indicate either high dispersal capabilities favoured by small body size and mediated by passive mechanisms, or low dispersal due to restricted movement and confinement inside the soil...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924510/development-of-est-ssr-markers-for-taxillus-nigrans-loranthaceae-in-southwestern-china-using-next-generation-sequencing
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Ning Miao, Lei Zhang, Maoping Li, Liqiang Fan, Kangshan Mao
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: We developed transcriptome microsatellite markers (simple sequence repeats) for Taxillus nigrans (Loranthaceae) to survey the genetic diversity and population structure of this species. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used Illumina HiSeq data to reconstruct the transcriptome of T. nigrans by de novo assembly and used the transcriptome to develop a set of simple sequence repeat markers. Overall, 40 primer pairs were designed and tested; 19 of them amplified successfully and demonstrated polymorphisms...
August 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924497/phylogeographic-investigation-and-ecological-niche-modelling-of-the-endemic-frog-species-nanorana-pleskei-revealed-multiple-refugia-in-the-eastern-tibetan-plateau
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Bin Wang, Feng Xie, Jiannan Li, Gang Wang, Cheng Li, Jianping Jiang
The largest plateau Tibetan Plateau supplied an excellent opportunity to investigate the influence of the Pleistocene events on the high-elevation species. To test for the alternative hypotheses of Pleistocene glacial refugia, we used partial sequences of two mitochondrial genes and one nuclear gene to examine the phylogeographic patterns of the endemic frog species Nanorana pleskei across its known range in the eastern Tibetan Plateau, and conducted species distribution modelling (SDM) to explore changes of its distribution range through current and paleo periods...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924495/adaptations-to-different-habitats-in-sexual-and-asexual-populations-of-parasitoid-wasps-a-meta-analysis
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Isabelle Amat, Jacques J M van Alphen, Alex Kacelnik, Emmanuel Desouhant, Carlos Bernstein
BACKGROUND: Coexistence of sexual and asexual populations remains a key question in evolutionary ecology. We address the question how an asexual and a sexual form of the parasitoid Venturia canescens can coexist in southern Europe. We test the hypothesis that both forms are adapted to different habitats within their area of distribution. Sexuals inhabit natural environments that are highly unpredictable, and where density of wasps and their hosts is low and patchily distributed. Asexuals instead are common in anthropic environments (e...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923972/small-genome-symbiont-underlies-cuticle-hardness-in-beetles
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Hisashi Anbutsu, Minoru Moriyama, Naruo Nikoh, Takahiro Hosokawa, Ryo Futahashi, Masahiko Tanahashi, Xian-Ying Meng, Takashi Kuriwada, Naoki Mori, Kenshiro Oshima, Masahira Hattori, Manabu Fujie, Noriyuki Satoh, Taro Maeda, Shuji Shigenobu, Ryuichi Koga, Takema Fukatsu
Beetles, representing the majority of the insect species diversity, are characterized by thick and hard cuticle, which plays important roles for their environmental adaptation and underpins their inordinate diversity and prosperity. Here, we report a bacterial endosymbiont extremely specialized for sustaining beetle's cuticle formation. Many weevils are associated with a γ-proteobacterial endosymbiont lineage Nardonella, whose evolutionary origin is estimated as older than 100 million years, but its functional aspect has been elusive...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923966/amazon-plant-diversity-revealed-by-a-taxonomically-verified-species-list
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Domingos Cardoso, Tiina Särkinen, Sara Alexander, André M Amorim, Volker Bittrich, Marcela Celis, Douglas C Daly, Pedro Fiaschi, Vicki A Funk, Leandro L Giacomin, Renato Goldenberg, Gustavo Heiden, João Iganci, Carol L Kelloff, Sandra Knapp, Haroldo Cavalcante de Lima, Anderson F P Machado, Rubens Manoel Dos Santos, Renato Mello-Silva, Fabián A Michelangeli, John Mitchell, Peter Moonlight, Pedro Luís Rodrigues de Moraes, Scott A Mori, Teonildes Sacramento Nunes, Terry D Pennington, José Rubens Pirani, Ghillean T Prance, Luciano Paganucci de Queiroz, Alessandro Rapini, Ricarda Riina, Carlos Alberto Vargas Rincon, Nádia Roque, Gustavo Shimizu, Marcos Sobral, João Renato Stehmann, Warren D Stevens, Charlotte M Taylor, Marcelo Trovó, Cássio van den Berg, Henk van der Werff, Pedro Lage Viana, Charles E Zartman, Rafaela Campostrini Forzza
Recent debates on the number of plant species in the vast lowland rain forests of the Amazon have been based largely on model estimates, neglecting published checklists based on verified voucher data. Here we collate taxonomically verified checklists to present a list of seed plant species from lowland Amazon rain forests. Our list comprises 14,003 species, of which 6,727 are trees. These figures are similar to estimates derived from nonparametric ecological models, but they contrast strongly with predictions of much higher tree diversity derived from parametric models...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923953/interaction-networks-ecological-stability-and-collective-antibiotic-tolerance-in-polymicrobial-infections
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Marjon G J de Vos, Marcin Zagorski, Alan McNally, Tobias Bollenbach
Polymicrobial infections constitute small ecosystems that accommodate several bacterial species. Commonly, these bacteria are investigated in isolation. However, it is unknown to what extent the isolates interact and whether their interactions alter bacterial growth and ecosystem resilience in the presence and absence of antibiotics. We quantified the complete ecological interaction network for 72 bacterial isolates collected from 23 individuals diagnosed with polymicrobial urinary tract infections and found that most interactions cluster based on evolutionary relatedness...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923540/the-contribution-of-admixture-to-primate-evolution
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REVIEW
Jenny Tung, Luis B Barreiro
Genome-wide data on genetic variation are now available for multiple primate species and populations, facilitating analyses of evolutionary history within and across taxa. One emerging theme from these studies involves the central role of admixture. Genomic data sets indicate that both ancient gene flow following initial taxonomic divergence and ongoing gene flow at current species boundaries are common. These findings are of particular interest given evidence for a complex history of admixture in our own lineage, including examples of ecologically driven adaptive introgression...
September 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923156/functional-constructivism-in-search-of-formal-descriptors
#16
Irina Trofimova
The Functional Constructivism (FC) paradigm is an alternative to behaviorism and considers behavior as being generated every time anew, based on an individual's capacities, environmental resources and demands. Walter Freeman's work provided us with evidence supporting the FC principles. In this paper we make parallels between gradual construction processes leading to the formation of individual behavior and habits, and evolutionary processes leading to the establishment of biological systems. Referencing evolutionary theory, several formal descriptors of such processes are proposed...
October 2017: Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921901/structureselector-a-web-based-software-to-select-and-visualize-the-optimal-number-of-clusters-by-using-multiple-methods
#17
Yu-Long Li, Jin-Xian Liu
Inferences of population genetic structure are of great importance to the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology. The program STUCTURE has been widely used to infer population genetic structure. However, previous studies demonstrated that uneven sampling often leads to wrong inferences on hierarchical structure. The most widely used ΔK method tends to identify the uppermost hierarchy of population structure. Recently, four alternative statistics (MedMedK, MedMeaK, MaxMedK, MaxMeaK) were proposed, which appear to be more accurate than the previously used methods for both even and uneven sampling data...
September 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921808/long-term-agricultural-management-does-not-alter-the-evolution-of-a-soybean-rhizobium-mutualism
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Jennifer E Schmidt, Dylan J Weese, Jennifer A Lau
Leguminous crops, like soybeans, often rely on biologically fixed nitrogen via their symbiosis with rhizobia rather than synthetic nitrogen inputs. However, agricultural management practices may influence the effectiveness of biological nitrogen fixation. While the ecological effects of agricultural management on rhizobia have received some attention, the evolutionary effects have been neglected in comparison. Resource mutualism theory predicts that evolutionary effects are likely, however. Both fertilization and tillage are predicted to cause the evolution of rhizobia that provide fewer growth benefits to plant hosts and fix less nitrogen...
September 16, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921589/susceptibility-behaviour-and-retention-of-the-parasitic-salmon-louse-lepeophtheirus-salmonis-differ-with-atlantic-salmon-population-origin
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S Bui, S Dalvin, T Dempster, O F Skulstad, R B Edvardsen, A Wargelius, F Oppedal
Atlantic salmon populations across the world have diverse ecological and evolutionary histories, from wild anadromous or landlocked, to domestication and genetic modification. The natural host behaviours confer protection from infestation by ectoparasitic salmon lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis, yet whether genetic origin results in different behaviours and thus susceptibility to infestation is unknown. In common garden experiments, we tested antiparasite behaviours, susceptibility and retention of salmon lice in wild anadromous, wild landlocked, domesticated and genetically modified domesticated strains...
September 17, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921508/selection-on-skewed-characters-and-the-paradox-of-stasis
#20
Suzanne Bonamour, Céline Teplitsky, Anne Charmantier, Pierre-André Crochet, Luis-Miguel Chevin
Observed phenotypic responses to selection in the wild often differ from predictions based on measurements of selection and genetic variance. An overlooked hypothesis to explain this paradox of stasis is that a skewed phenotypic distribution affects natural selection and evolution. We show through mathematical modelling that, when a trait selected for an optimum phenotype has a skewed distribution, directional selection is detected even at evolutionary equilibrium, where it causes no change in the mean phenotype...
September 18, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
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