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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338049/breeding-system-and-spatial-isolation-from-congeners-strongly-constrain-seed-set-in-an-insect-pollinated-apomictic-tree-sorbus-subcuneata-rosaceae
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Tracey J Hamston, Robert J Wilson, Natasha de Vere, Tim C G Rich, Jamie R Stevens, James E Cresswell
In plants, apomixis results in the production of clonal offspring via seed and can provide reproductive assurance for isolated individuals. However, many apomicts require pollination to develop functional endosperm for successful seed set (pseudogamy) and therefore risk pollination-limitation, particularly in self-incompatible species that require heterospecific pollen. We used microsatellite paternity analysis and hand pollinations to investigate pollen-limitation in Sorbus subcuneata, a threatened endemic tree that co-occurs with its congener, S...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337178/glucose-uptake-in-prochlorococcus-diversity-of-kinetics-and-effects-on-the-metabolism
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María Del Carmen Muñoz-Marín, Guadalupe Gómez-Baena, Jesús Díez, Robert J Beynon, David González-Ballester, Mikhail V Zubkov, José M García-Fernández
We have previously shown that Prochlorococcus sp. SS120 strain takes up glucose by using a multiphasic transporter encoded by the Pro1404 gene. Here, we studied the glucose uptake kinetics in multiple Prochlorococcus strains from different ecotypes, observing diverse values for the Ks constants (15-126.60 nM) and the uptake rates (0.48-6.36 pmol min(-1) mg prot(-1)). Multiphasic kinetics was observed in all studied strains, except for TAK9803-2. Pro1404 gene expression studies during the 21st Atlantic Meridional Transect cruise showed positive correlation with glucose concentrations in the ocean...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334223/is-bamm-flawed-theoretical-and-practical-concerns-in-the-analysis-of-multi-rate-diversification-models
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Daniel L Rabosky, Jonathan S Mitchell, Jonathan Chang
BAMM (Bayesian Analysis of Macroevolutionary Mixtures) is a statistical framework that uses reversible jump MCMC to infer complex macroevolutionary dynamics of diversification and phenotypic evolution on phylogenetic trees. A recent article by Moore and coauthors (MEA) reported a number of theoretical and practical concerns with BAMM. Major claims from MEA are that (1) BAMM's likelihood function is incorrect, because it does not account for unobserved rate shifts; (2) the posterior distribution on the number of rate shifts is overly sensitive to the prior; and (3) diversification rate estimates from BAMM are unreliable...
February 21, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334206/polyploid-species-rely-on-vegetative-reproduction-more-than-diploids-a-re-examination-of-the-old-hypothesis
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Tomáš Herben, Jan Suda, Jitka Klimešová
Background and Aims: Polyploidy is arguably the single most important genetic mechanism in plant speciation and diversification. It has been repeatedly suggested that polyploids show higher vegetative reproduction than diploids (to by-pass low fertility after the polyploidization), but there are no rigorous tests of it. Methods: Data were analysed by phylogenetic regressions of clonal growth parameters, and vegetative reproduction in culture on the ploidy status of a large set of species (approx...
February 27, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329560/patient-provider-communication-concordance-and-ratings-of-care-in-dermatology-results-of-a-cross-sectional-study
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Valerie M Harvey, Uchechukwu Ozoemena, Joan Paul, Hind A Beydoun, Nashay N Clemetson, Ginette A Okoye
ObjectiveTo determine the impact of race concordance on patient perception of quality of dermatologic care.Study designCross-sectional study.SettingAcademic outpatient practices in the Departments of Dermatology of Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.ParticipantsThe study cohort comprised 124 participants including 6 providers and 118 established patients.Main Outcome MeasuresWe hypothesized, a priori, that patients in race-discordant dyads would report lower ratings of participatory decision-making (PDM), satisfaction, trust in the provider, and similarities with providers...
November 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325970/making-the-most-of-your-host-the-metrosideros-feeding-psyllids-hemiptera-psylloidea-of-the-hawaiian-islands
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Diana M Percy
The Hawaiian psyllids (Psylloidea, Triozidae) feeding on Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) constitute a remarkable radiation of more than 35 species. This monophyletic group has diversified on a single, highly polymorphic host plant species, Metrosideros polymorpha. Eleven Metrosideros-feeding species included in the Insects of Hawaii by Zimmerman are redescribed, and an additional 25 new species are described. Contrary to previous classifications that placed the Metrosideros-feeders in two genera, Trioza Foerster, 1848 and Kuwayama Crawford, 1911, all 36 named species are placed in Pariaconus Enderlein, 1926; and the relationship of this genus to other Pacific taxa within the family Triozidae, and other Austro-Pacific taxa feeding on host plants in Myrtaceae is clarified...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323330/insights-on-the-evolutionary-origin-of-detarioideae-a-clade-of-ecologically-dominant-tropical-african-trees
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Manuel de la Estrella, Félix Forest, Jan J Wieringa, Marie Fougère-Danezan, Anne Bruneau
African tropical forests are generally considered less diverse than their Neotropical and Asian counterparts. By contrast, the Detarioideae is much more diverse in Africa than in South America and Asia. To better understand the evolution of this contrasting diversity pattern, we investigated the biogeographical and ecological origin of this subfamily, testing whether they originated in dry biomes surrounding the Tethys Seaway as currently hypothesized for many groups of Leguminosae. We constructed the largest time-calibrated phylogeny for the subfamily to date, reconstructed ancestral states for geography and biome/habitat, estimated diversification and extinction rates, and evaluated biome/habitat and geographic shifts in Detarioideae...
March 21, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316067/fisse-a-simple-non-parametric-test-for-the-effects-of-a-binary-character-on-lineage-diversification-rates
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Daniel L Rabosky, Emma E Goldberg
It is widely assumed that phenotypic traits can influence rates of speciation and extinction, and several statistical approaches have been used to test for correlations between character states and lineage diversification. Recent work suggests that model-based tests of state-dependent speciation and extinction are sensitive to model inadequacy and phylogenetic pseudoreplication. We describe a simple non-parametric statistical test ("FiSSE") to assess the effects of a binary character on lineage diversification rates...
March 18, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297929/flexible-dynamics-of-two-quorum-sensing-coupled-repressilators
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Edward H Hellen, Evgeny Volkov
Genetic oscillators play important roles in cell life regulation. The regulatory efficiency usually depends strongly on the emergence of stable collective dynamic modes, which requires designing the interactions between genetic networks. We investigate the dynamics of two identical synthetic genetic repressilators coupled by an additional plasmid which implements quorum sensing (QS) in each network thereby supporting global coupling. In a basic genetic ring oscillator network in which three genes inhibit each other in unidirectional manner, QS stimulates the transcriptional activity of chosen genes providing for competition between inhibitory and stimulatory activities localized in those genes...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297717/the-true-tempo-of-evolutionary-radiation-and-decline-revealed-on-the-hawaiian-archipelago
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Jun Y Lim, Charles R Marshall
Establishing the relationship between rates of change in species richness and biotic and abiotic environmental change is a major goal of evolutionary biology. Although exquisite fossil and geological records provide insight in rare cases, most groups lack high-quality fossil records. Consequently, biologists typically rely on molecular phylogenies to study the diversity dynamics of clades, usually by correlating changes in diversification rate with environmental or trait shifts. However, inferences drawn from molecular phylogenies can be limited owing to the challenge of accounting for extinct species, making it difficult to accurately determine the underlying diversity dynamics that produce them...
March 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295874/is-the-diversification-of-mediterranean-basin-plant-lineages-coupled-to-karyotypic-changes
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Marcial Escudero, Francisco Balao, Santiago Martín-Bravo, Luis Valente, Virginia Valcárcel
The Mediterranean Basin region, home to 25,000 species of plants, is included in the worldwide list of hotspots of biodiversity. Despite the indisputably important role of chromosome transitions in plant evolution and diversification, no reference study to date has dealt with the possible relationship between chromosome evolution and lineage diversification in the Mediterranean Basin. Here we study patterns of diversification, patterns of chromosome number transition (either polyploidy or dysploidy), and the relationship between both for 14 Mediterranean Basin angiosperm lineages using previously published phylogenies...
March 13, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295793/evolutionary-diversification-of-the-auditory-organ-sensilla-in-neoconocephalus-katydids-orthoptera-tettigoniidae-correlates-with-acoustic-signal-diversification-over-phylogenetic-relatedness-and-life-history
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Johannes Strauß, Joscha A Alt, Klemens Ekschmitt, Johannes Schul, Reinhard Lakes-Harlan
Neoconocephalus tettigoniids are a model for the evolution of acoustic signals as male calls have diversified in temporal structure during the radiation of the genus. Tettigoniidae have hearing organs in the forelegs with species-specific numbers of auditory sensilla in a linear crista acustica. We investigated changes of the hearing organs during an evolutionary radiation with divergence of intraspecific acoustic signals. We compared the neuroanatomy of the crista acustica from 9 Neoconocephalus species with different temporal call features, life histories, and from different phylogenetic positions...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294342/resolution-of-deep-eudicot-phylogeny-and-their-temporal-diversification-using-nuclear-genes-from-transcriptomic-and-genomic-datasets
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Liping Zeng, Ning Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Peter K Endress, Jie Huang, Hong Ma
Explosive diversification is widespread in eukaryotes, making it difficult to resolve phylogenetic relationships. Eudicots contain c. 75% of extant flowering plants, are important for human livelihood and terrestrial ecosystems, and have probably experienced explosive diversifications. The eudicot phylogenetic relationships, especially among those of the Pentapetalae, remain unresolved. Here, we present a highly supported eudicot phylogeny and diversification rate shifts using 31 newly generated transcriptomes and 88 other datasets covering 70% of eudicot orders...
March 14, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288945/species-level-phylogeny-fruit-evolution-and-diversification-history-of-geranium-geraniaceae
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Thomas Marcussen, Andrea S Meseguer
The cosmopolitan genus Geranium L. (Geraniaceae) consists of c. 350 species distributed in temperate habitats worldwide, with most of its diversity concentrated in the Mediterranean region. Unlike other genera in Geraniaceae, the species of Geranium present contrasting seed discharge syndromes, i.e. the 'Erodium-type' (ET), the 'carpel-projection type' (CP), the 'seed-ejection type' (SE), and the 'inoperative type' (IT), which have been used to delimit major groups within the genus. However, phylogenetic relationships within Geranium are unknown and so is the evolution of the different seed discharge mechanisms...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286354/how-did-the-domestication-of-fertile-crescent-grain-crops-increase-their-yields
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Catherine Preece, Alexandra Livarda, Pascal-Antoine Christin, Michael Wallace, Gemma Martin, Michael Charles, Glynis Jones, Mark Rees, Colin P Osborne
The origins of agriculture, 10 000 years ago, led to profound changes in the biology of plants exploited as grain crops, through the process of domestication. This special case of evolution under cultivation led to domesticated cereals and pulses requiring humans for their dispersal, but the accompanying mechanisms causing higher productivity in these plants remain unknown. The classical view of crop domestication is narrow, focusing on reproductive and seed traits including the dispersal, dormancy and size of seeds, without considering whole-plant characteristics...
February 2017: Functional Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280597/testing-the-adaptive-radiation-hypothesis-for-the-lemurs-of-madagascar
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James P Herrera
Lemurs, the diverse, endemic primates of Madagascar, are thought to represent a classic example of adaptive radiation. Based on the most complete phylogeny of living and extinct lemurs yet assembled, I tested predictions of adaptive radiation theory by estimating rates of speciation, extinction and adaptive phenotypic evolution. As predicted, lemur speciation rate exceeded that of their sister clade by nearly twofold, indicating the diversification dynamics of lemurs and mainland relatives may have been decoupled...
January 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275194/internal-disequilibria-and-phenotypic-diversification-during-replication-of-hepatitis-c-virus-in-a-non-coevolving-cellular-environment
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Elena Moreno, Isabel Gallego, Josep Gregori, Adriana Lucía-Sanz, María Eugenia Soria, Victoria Castro, Nathan M Beach, Susanna C Manrubia, Josep Quer, Juan Ignacio Esteban, Charles M Rice, Jordi Gómez, Pablo Gastaminza, Esteban Domingo, Celia Perales
Viral quasispecies evolution upon long-term virus replication in a non-coevolving cellular environment raises relevant general issues such as the attainment of population equilibrium, compliance with the molecular clock hypothesis or stability of the phenotypic profile. Here we evaluate adaptation, mutant spectrum dynamics, and phenotypic diversification of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the course of two hundred passages in human hepatoma cells in an experimental design that precluded coevolution of the cells with the virus...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275149/o-acyl-sugars-protect-a-wild-tobacco-from-both-native-fungal-pathogens-and-a-specialist-herbivore
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Van Thi Luu, Alexander Weinhold, Chhana Ullah, Stefanie Dressel, Matthias Schoettner, Klaus Gase, Emmanuel Gaquerel, Shuqing Xu, Ian T Baldwin
O-acyl sugars (O-AS) are abundant trichome-specific metabolites that function as indirect defenses against herbivores of the wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata; whether they also function as generalized direct defenses against herbivores and pathogens remains unknown. We characterized natural variation in O-AS among 26 accessions and examined their influence on two native fungal pathogens, Fusarium brachygibbosum U4 and Alternaria sp. U10, and the specialist herbivore, Manduca sexta. At least 15 different O-AS structures belonging to three classes were found in N...
March 8, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257556/biological-factors-contributing-to-bark-and-ambrosia-beetle-species-diversification
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Jostein Gohli, Lawrence R Kirkendall, Sarah M Smith, Anthony I Cognato, Jiri Hulcr, Bjarte H Jordal
The study of species diversification can identify the processes that shape patterns of species richness across the tree of life. Here we perform comparative analyses of species diversification using a large dataset of bark beetles. Three examined covariates - permanent inbreeding (sibling mating), fungus farming, and major host type - represent a range of factors that may be important for speciation. We studied the association of these covariates with species diversification while controlling for evolutionary lag on adaptation...
March 3, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251115/the-aegean-archipelago-a-natural-laboratory-of-evolution-ecology-and-civilisations
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REVIEW
Spyros Sfenthourakis, Kostas A Triantis
The Aegean archipelago, comprising numerous islands and islets with great heterogeneity in topographic, geological, historical and environmental properties, offers an ideal natural laboratory for ecological and evolutionary research, and has been the stage for a very long interaction between human civilizations and local ecosystems. This work presents insights that have been gained from past and current relevant research in the area, highlighting also the importance of the Aegean archipelago as a useful model to address many major questions in biogeography, ecology and evolutionary processes...
December 2017: Journal of Biological Research
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