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Karine Monceau, François-Xavier Dechaume-Moncharmont, Jérôme Moreau, Camille Lucas, Rémi Capoduro, Sébastien Motreuil, Yannick Moret
The pace-of-life syndrome (POLS) hypothesis is an extended concept of the life history theory that includes behavioural traits. The studies challenging the POLS hypothesis often focus on the relationships between a single personality trait and a physiological and/or life history traits. While pathogens represent a major selective pressure, few studies have been interested in testing relationships between behavioural syndrome, and several fitness components including immunity. The aim of this study is to address this question in the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, a model species in immunity studies...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
Suhas Nahas, Akash Bajaj, Somnath Bhowmick
Using an evolutionary algorithm, in conjunction with density functional theory (DFT) based electronic, ionic and cell relaxation, we perform an extensive search for the crystal structures of possible two dimensional (2D) allotropes of phosphorus and arsenic. In addition to previously reported allotropes like α, β, γ and δ, we discover four new allotropes, whose cohesive energies differ from that of the ground state (α and β, in the case of P and As, respectively) by merely ∼2-10 meV per atom. In terms of electrical properties, all of them are semiconductors, although the magnitude and nature of the bandgap (direct/indirect) vary considerably...
April 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Julian Barreiro-Gomez, Carlos Ocampo-Martinez, Nicanor Quijano
Model predictive control (MPC) is a suitable strategy for the control of large-scale systems that have multiple design requirements, e.g., multiple physical and operational constraints. Besides, an MPC controller is able to deal with multiple control objectives considering them within the cost function, which implies to determine a proper prioritization for each of the objectives. Furthermore, when the system has time-varying parameters and/or disturbances, the appropriate prioritization might vary along the time as well...
April 15, 2017: ISA Transactions
Li Xu, Jin Wang
Exploration of multi-locus evolution is critically important for understanding evolutionary dynamics. Recombination and epistasis lead to complex evolutionary dynamics. Quantifying the stability and function of such multi-locus evolutionary systems globally is a long-standing challenge for evolutionary biologists. The conventional Wright, Fisher and quasi-linkage equilibrium (QLE) theories can only be applied to highly restricted, simplified and special evolutionary scenarios. In this study, we developed a non-equilibrium potential and flux landscape theory to explore the multi-locus evolution beyond Wright, Fisher and the QLE...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Peter Fonagy, Patrick Luyten, Elizabeth Allison, Chloe Campbell
This paper sets out a recent transition in our thinking in relation to psychopathology associated with personality disorder, in an approach that integrates our thinking about attachment, mentalizing (understanding ourselves and others in terms of intentional mental states) and epistemic trust (openness to the reception of social communication that is personally relevant and of generalizable significance) with recent findings on the structure of both adult and child psychopathology and resilience. In this paper - the first of two parts - we review evidence suggesting that a general psychopathology or p factor underlies vulnerability for psychopathology...
2017: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation
Mark A McPeek
Natural selection has both genetic and ecological dynamics. The fitnesses of individuals change with their ecological context, and so the form and strength of selective agents change with abiotic factors and the phenotypes and abundances of interacting species. I use standard models of consumer-resource interactions to explore the ecological dynamics of natural selection and how various trait types influence these dynamics and the resulting structure of a community of coevolving species. Evolutionary optima favored by natural selection depend critically on the abundances of interacting species, and the traits of species can undergo dynamic cycling in limited areas of parameter space...
May 2017: American Naturalist
John P DeLong
Population dynamics may carry a signature of an ecology-evolution-ecology feedback, known as eco-evolutionary dynamics, when functionally important traits change. Given current theory, the absence of a feedback from a trait with strong links to species interactions should not occur. In a previous study with the Didinium-Paramecium predator-prey system, however, rapid and large-magnitude changes in predator cell volume occurred without any noticeable effect on the population dynamics. Here I resolve this theory-data conflict by showing that ecological pleiotropy-when a trait has more than one functional effect on an ecological process-suppresses shifts in dynamics that would arise, given the links between cell volume and the species interaction...
May 2017: American Naturalist
Hulei Yu, Wenxin Lao, Lijuan Wang, Kuo Li, Yue Chen
Tin-selenium binary compounds are important semiconductors that have attracted much interest for thermoelectric and photovoltaic applications. As tin has a +2 or +4 oxidation state and selenium has an oxidation number of -2, only SnSe and SnSe_{2} have been observed. In this work, we show that the chemical bonding between tin and selenium becomes counterintuitive under pressures. Combining evolutionary algorithms and density functional theory, a novel cubic tin-selenium compound with an unexpected stoichiometry 3∶4 has been predicted and further synthesized in laser-heated diamond anvil cell experiments...
March 31, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Timothée R Cook, Rob Gubiani, Peter G Ryan, Sabir B Muzaffar
Group foraging contradicts classic ecological theory because intraspecific competition normally increases with aggregation. Hence, there should be evolutionary benefits to group foraging. The study of group foraging in the field remains challenging however, because of the large number of individuals involved and the remoteness of the interactions to the observer. Biologging represents a cost-effective solution to these methodological issues. By deploying GPS and temperature-depth loggers on individuals over a period of several consecutive days, we investigated intraspecific foraging interactions in the Socotra cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis, a threatened colonial seabird endemic to the Arabian Peninsula...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
Daniel A Skelly, Paul M Magwene, Brianna Meeks, Helen A Murphy
Natural selection has the potential to act on all phenotypes, including genomic mutation rate. Classic evolutionary theory predicts that in asexual populations, mutator alleles, which cause high mutation rates, can fix due to linkage with beneficial mutations. This phenomenon has been demonstrated experimentally and may explain the frequency of mutators found in bacterial pathogens. By contrast, in sexual populations, recombination decouples mutator alleles from beneficial mutations, preventing mutator fixation...
April 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Alexandra Moraru, Gulcin Cakan-Akdogan, Katrin Strassburger, Matilda Males, Sandra Mueller, Markus Jabs, Michael Muelleder, Martin Frejno, Bart P Braeckman, Markus Ralser, Aurelio A Teleman
Human susceptibility to obesity is mainly genetic, yet the underlying evolutionary drivers causing variation from person to person are not clear. One theory rationalizes that populations that have adapted to warmer climates have reduced their metabolic rates, thereby increasing their propensity to store energy. We uncover here the function of a gene that supports this theory. THADA is one of the genes most strongly selected during evolution as humans settled in different climates. We report here that THADA knockout flies are obese, hyperphagic, have reduced energy production, and are sensitive to the cold...
April 10, 2017: Developmental Cell
Takao K Suzuki
The evolutionary origin of complex adaptive traits has been a controversial topic in the history of evolutionary biology. Although Darwin argued for the gradual origins of complex adaptive traits within the theory of natural selection, Mivart insisted that natural selection could not account for the incipient stages of complex traits. The debate starting from Darwin and Mivart eventually engendered two opposite views: gradualism and saltationism. Although this has been a long-standing debate, the issue remains unresolved...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
Akane Uesugi, Tim Connallon, André Kessler, Keyne Monro
Insect herbivores are important mediators of selection on traits that impact plant defense against herbivory and competitive ability. Although recent experiments demonstrate a central role for herbivory in driving rapid evolution of defense and competition-mediating traits, whether and how herbivory shapes heritable variation in these traits remains poorly understood. Here, we evaluate the structure and evolutionary stability of the G matrix for plant metabolites that are involved in defense and allelopathy in the tall goldenrod, Solidago altissima...
April 10, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Shota Shibasaki, Yuka Shirokawa, Masakazu Shimada
Biological studies of the evolution of cooperation are challenging because this process is vulnerable to cheating. Many mechanisms, including kin discrimination, spatial structure, or by-products of self-interested behaviors, can explain this evolution. Here we propose that the evolution of cooperation can be induced by other cooperation. To test this idea, we used a model organism Dictyostelium discoideum because it exhibits two cooperative dormant phases, the fruiting body and the macrocyst. In both phases, the same chemoattractant, cyclic AMP (cAMP), is used to collect cells...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Tarquin Holmes
Wild types in genetics are specialised strains of laboratory experimental organism which principally serve as standards against which variation is measured. As selectively inbred lineages highly isolated from ancestral wild populations, there appears to be little wild or typical about them. I will nonetheless argue that they have historically been successfully used as stand-ins for nature, allowing knowledge produced in the laboratory to be extrapolated to the natural world. In this paper, I will explore the 19th century origins of the wild type concept, the theoretical and experimental innovations which allowed concepts and organisms to move from wild nature to laboratory domestication c...
April 3, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Lluís Ribas de Pouplana, Adrian Gabriel Torres, Àlbert Rafels-Ybern
The frozen accident theory of the Genetic Code was a proposal by Francis Crick that attempted to explain the universal nature of the Genetic Code and the fact that it only contains information for twenty amino acids. Fifty years later, it is clear that variations to the universal Genetic Code exist in nature and that translation is not limited to twenty amino acids. However, given the astonishing diversity of life on earth, and the extended evolutionary time that has taken place since the emergence of the extant Genetic Code, the idea that the translation apparatus is for the most part immobile remains true...
April 5, 2017: Life
Romain Gallet, Cyrille Violle, Nathalie Fromin, Roula Jabbour-Zahab, Brian J Enquist, Thomas Lenormand
Size is one of the most important biological traits influencing organismal ecology and evolution. However, we know little about the drivers of body size evolution in unicellulars. A long-term evolution experiment (Lenski's LTEE) in which Escherichia coli adapts to a simple glucose medium has shown that not only the growth rate and the fitness of the bacterium increase over time but also its cell size. This increase in size contradicts prominent 'external diffusion' theory (EDC) predicting that cell size should have evolved toward smaller cells...
April 4, 2017: ISME Journal
Jean-François Lemaître, Jean-Michel Gaillard
According to recent empirical studies, reproductive senescence, the decline in reproductive success with increasing age, seems to be nearly ubiquitous in the wild. However, a clear understanding of the evolutionary causes and consequences of reproductive senescence is still lacking and requires new and integrative approaches. After identifying the sequential and complex nature of female reproductive senescence, we show that the relative contributions of physiological decline and alterations in the efficiency of parental care to reproductive senescence remain unknown and need to be assessed in the light of current evolutionary theories of ageing...
April 4, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
Julien Clavel, Hélène Morlon
How ecological and morphological diversity accumulates over geological time is much debated. Adaptive radiation theory has been successful in testing the effects of biotic interactions on the rapid divergence of phenotypes within a clade, but this theory ignores abiotic effects. The role of abiotic drivers on the tempo of phenotypic evolution has been tested only in a few lineages or small clades from the fossil record. Here, we develop a phylogenetic comparative framework for testing if and how clade-wide rates of phenotypic evolution vary with abiotic drivers...
April 3, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
J J McDowell, Olivia L Calvin, Ryan Hackett, Bryan Klapes
Two competing predictions of matching theory and an evolutionary theory of behavior dynamics, and one additional prediction of the evolutionary theory, were tested in a critical experiment in which human participants worked on concurrent schedules for money (Dallery et al., 2005). The three predictions concerned the descriptive adequacy of matching theory equations, and of equations describing emergent equilibria of the evolutionary theory. Tests of the predictions falsified matching theory and supported the evolutionary theory...
March 31, 2017: Behavioural Processes
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