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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340301/ten-years-of-barcoding-at-the-african-centre-for-dna-barcoding
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Simeon Bezeng Bezeng, T Jonathan Davies, Barnabas H Daru, Ronny Mukala Kabongo, Olivier Maurin, Kowiyou Yessoufou, Herman van der Bank, Michelle Van der Bank
The African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB) was established in 2005 as part of a global initiative to accurately and rapidly survey biodiversity using short DNA sequences. The mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase 1 gene (CO1) was rapidly adopted as the de facto barcode for animals. Following the evaluation of several candidate loci for plants, the Plant Working Group of the Consortium for the Barcoding of Life in 2009 recommended that the two plastid genes, rbcLa and matK, be adopted as core DNA barcodes for terrestrial plants...
March 24, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340089/how-embryophytic-is-the-biosynthesis-of-phenylpropanoids-and-their-derivatives-in-streptophyte-algae
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Jan de Vries, Sophie de Vries, Claudio H Slamovits, Laura E Rose, John M Archibald
The origin of land plants from algae is a long-standing question in evolutionary biology. It is becoming increasingly clear that many characters that were once assumed to be "embryophyte-specific" can in fact be found in their closest algal relatives, the streptophyte algae. One such case is the phenylpropanoid pathway. While biochemical data indicate that streptophyte algae harbor lignin-like components, the phenylpropanoid core pathway, which serves as the backbone of lignin biosynthesis, has been proposed to have arisen at the base of the land plants...
March 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334227/a-phylogenetic-biogeographic-and-taxonomic-study-of-all-extant-species-of-anolis-squamata-iguanidae
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Steven Poe, Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca, Omar Torres-Carvajal, Kevin de Queiroz, Julián A Velasco, Brad Truett, Levi N Gray, Mason J Ryan, Gunther Köhler, Fernando Ayala-Varela, Ian Latella
Anolis lizards (anoles) are textbook study organisms in evolution and ecology. Although several topics in evolutionary biology have been elucidated by the study of anoles, progress in some areas has been hampered by limited phylogenetic information on this group. Here we present a phylogenetic analysis of all 379 extant species of Anolis, with new phylogenetic data for 139 species including new DNA data for 101 species. We use the resulting estimates as a basis for defining anole clade names under the principles of phylogenetic nomenclature and to examine the biogeographic history of anoles...
February 27, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333215/genetic-diversity-and-the-efficacy-of-purifying-selection-across-plant-and-animal-species
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Jun Chen, Sylvain Glémin, Martin Lascoux
A central question in evolutionary biology is why some species have more genetic diversity than others and a no less important question is why selection efficacy varies among species. Although these questions have started to be tackled in animals, they have not been addressed to the same extent in plants. Here, we estimated nucleotide diversity at synonymous, πS, and nonsynonymous sites, πN, and a measure of the efficacy of selection, the ratio πN/πS, in 34 animal and 28 plant species using full genome data...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327669/pollen-mediated-gene-flow-from-glyphosate-resistant-common-waterhemp-amaranthus-rudis-sauer-consequences-for-the-dispersal-of-resistance-genes
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Debalin Sarangi, Andrew J Tyre, Eric L Patterson, Todd A Gaines, Suat Irmak, Stevan Z Knezevic, John L Lindquist, Amit J Jhala
Gene flow is an important component in evolutionary biology; however, the role of gene flow in dispersal of herbicide-resistant alleles among weed populations is poorly understood. Field experiments were conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to quantify pollen-mediated gene flow (PMGF) from glyphosate-resistant (GR) to -susceptible (GS) common waterhemp using a concentric donor-receptor design. More than 130,000 common waterhemp plants were screened and 26,199 plants were confirmed resistant to glyphosate...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323336/digest-trait-variation-in-mimulus-provides-new-evidence-for-the-joint-action-of-ecological-sorting-and-character-displacement
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Katherine E Eisen
Understanding how closely related species coexist in communities is one of the oldest goals of ecology and evolutionary biology. One long-standing hypothesis is that the evolution of key differences in species' niches or ecological requirements (a process known as niche differentiation) can minimize competition and promote coexistence. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 21, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323281/chance-and-necessity-in-the-genome-evolution-of-endosymbiotic-bacteria-of-insects
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Beatriz Sabater-Muñoz, Christina Toft, David Alvarez-Ponce, Mario A Fares
An open question in evolutionary biology is how does the selection-drift balance determine the fates of biological interactions. We searched for signatures of selection and drift in genomes of five endosymbiotic bacterial groups known to evolve under strong genetic drift. Although most genes in endosymbiotic bacteria showed evidence of relaxed purifying selection, many genes in these bacteria exhibited stronger selective constraints than their orthologs in free-living bacterial relatives. Remarkably, most of these highly constrained genes had no role in the host-symbiont interactions but were involved in either buffering the deleterious consequences of drift or other host-unrelated functions, suggesting that they have either acquired new roles or their role became more central in endosymbiotic bacteria...
March 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322875/effects-of-population-growth-on-the-success-of-invading-mutants
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Peter Ashcroft, Cassandra E R Smith, Matthew Garrod, Tobias Galla
Understanding if and how mutants reach fixation in populations is an important question in evolutionary biology. We study the impact of population growth has on the success of mutants. To systematically understand the effects of growth we decouple competition from reproduction; competition follows a birth-death process and is governed by an evolutionary game, while growth is determined by an externally controlled branching rate. In stochastic simulations we find non-monotonic behaviour of the fixation probability of mutants as the speed of growth is varied; the right amount of growth can lead to a higher success rate...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303197/heterogeneous-tempo-and-mode-of-evolutionary-diversification-of-compounds-in-lizard-chemical-signals
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Roberto García-Roa, Manuel Jara, Pilar López, José Martín, Daniel Pincheira-Donoso
Important part of the multivariate selection shaping social and interspecific interactions among and within animal species emerges from communication. Therefore, understanding the diversification of signals for animal communication is a central endeavor in evolutionary biology. Over the last decade, the rapid development of phylogenetic approaches has promoted a stream of studies investigating evolution of communication signals. However, comparative research has primarily focused on visual and acoustic signals, while the evolution of chemical signals remains largely unstudied...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302549/can-we-better-understand-the-evolutionary-biology-of-cvd-from-analysis-of-ancestral-population-genomes
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Muntaser Ibrahim, Maha Osman, Emmanuel Peprah
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298744/what-s-wrong-with-evolutionary-biology
#11
John J Welch
There have been periodic claims that evolutionary biology needs urgent reform, and this article tries to account for the volume and persistence of this discontent. It is argued that a few inescapable properties of the field make it prone to criticisms of predictable kinds, whether or not the criticisms have any merit. For example, the variety of living things and the complexity of evolution make it easy to generate data that seem revolutionary (e.g. exceptions to well-established generalizations, or neglected factors in evolution), and lead to disappointment with existing explanatory frameworks (with their high levels of abstraction, and limited predictive power)...
2017: Biology & Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298612/cell-scientist-to-watch-gaia-pigino
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Gaia Pigino received her master's degree in natural science followed by a PhD in evolutionary biology - focusing on zoology and ecotoxicology - in the laboratory of Fabio Bernini at the University of Siena, Italy. She then joined the electron microscopy laboratory of Pietro Lupetti for her first postdoctoral position before moving to Zürich. There, supported by an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship, she worked with Takashi Ishikawa at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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/28286710/the-complete-chloroplast-genome-sequence-of-morus-cathayana-and-morus-multicaulis-and-comparative-analysis-within-genus-morus-l
#14
Wei Qing Kong, Jin Hong Yang
Trees in the Morus genera belong to the Moraceae family. To better understand the species status of genus Morus and to provide information for studies on evolutionary biology within the genus, the complete chloroplast (cp) genomes of M. cathayana and M. multicaulis were sequenced. The plastomes of the two species are 159,265 bp and 159,103 bp, respectively, with corresponding 83 and 82 simple sequence repeats (SSRs). Similar to the SSRs of M. mongolica and M. indica cp genomes, more than 70% are mononucleotides, ten are in coding regions, and one exhibits nucleotide content polymorphism...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274203/comprehensive-transcriptomic-analysis-of-tibetan-schizothoracinae-fish-gymnocypris-przewalskii-reveals-how-it-adapts-to-a-high-altitude-aquatic-life
#15
Chao Tong, Tian Fei, Cunfang Zhang, Kai Zhao
BACKGROUND: Understanding the genetic basis of adaptation to high altitude life is of paramount importance for preserving and managing genetic diversity in highland animals. This objective has been addressed mainly in terrestrial fauna but rarely in aquatic animals. Tibetan Schizothoracinae fish is the ideal model system in evolutionary biology, carrying key insights into evolutionary genetics of speciation and adaptation at high altitude. Gymnocypris przewalskii is the newly formed Schizothoracinae fish species in the Tibetan Plateau, inhabits chronic cold, extreme saline and alkaline aquatic environment in Lake Qinghai, thus evolving the unique genomic signatures to adapt extremely severe environments...
March 9, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273178/distribution-and-predictors-of-wing-shape-and-size-variability-in-three-sister-species-of-solitary-bees
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Simon Dellicour, Maxence Gerard, Jérôme G Prunier, Alexandre Dewulf, Michael Kuhlmann, Denis Michez
Morphological traits can be highly variable over time in a particular geographical area. Different selective pressures shape those traits, which is crucial in evolutionary biology. Among these traits, insect wing morphometry has already been widely used to describe phenotypic variability at the inter-specific level. On the contrary, fewer studies have focused on intra-specific wing morphometric variability. Yet, such investigations are relevant to study potential convergences of variation that could highlight micro-evolutionary processes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271616/evolutionary-ecology-of-opsin-gene-sequence-expression-and-repertoire
#17
Gregory L Owens, Diana J Rennison
Linking molecular evolution to biological function is a long-standing challenge in evolutionary biology. Some of the best examples of this involve opsins, the genes that encode the molecular basis of light reception. In this issue of Molecular Ecology, three studies examine opsin gene sequence, expression and repertoire to determine how natural selection has shaped the visual system. First, Escobar-Camacho et al. () use opsin repertoire and expression in three Amazonian cichlid species to show that a shift in sensitivity towards longer wavelengths is coincident with the long-wavelength-dominated Amazon basin...
March 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266009/a-detailed-musculoskeletal-study-of-a-fetus-with-anencephaly-and-spina-bifida-craniorachischisis-and-comparison-with-other-cases-of-human-congenital-malformations
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Malak A Alghamdi, Janine M Ziermann, Lydia Gregg, Rui Diogo
Few descriptions of the musculoskeletal system of humans with anencephaly or spina bifida exist in the literature. Even less is published about individuals in which both phenomena occur together, i.e. about craniorachischisis. Here we provide a detailed report on the musculoskeletal structures of a fetus with craniorachischisis, as well as comparisons with the few descriptions for anencephaly and with musculoskeletal anomalies found in other congenital malformations. We focused in particular on the comparison with trisomies 13, 18, and 21 because neural tube defects have been associated with such chromosomal defects...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258761/schism-and-synthesis-at-the-royal-society
#19
Kevin N Laland
November 7-9, 2016 witnessed a joint discussion meeting of the Royal Society and the British Academy (the UK national academies for the sciences and social sciences, respectively) entitled 'New Trends in Evolutionary Biology: Biological, Philosophical and Social Science Perspectives'. The meeting, anticipated with a mix of feverish enthusiasm and dread, sold out months in advance, the eager audience perhaps expecting radical and traditional evolutionists to go toe to toe, rather than the constructive dialogue among biologists, social scientists, and researchers in the humanities that the academies advertised...
February 28, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253926/exo-erythrocytic-development-of-avian-malaria-and-related-haemosporidian-parasites
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Gediminas Valkiūnas, Tatjana A Iezhova
BACKGROUND: Avian malaria parasites (Plasmodium spp.) and related haemosporidians (Haemosporida) are responsible for diseases which can be severe and even lethal in avian hosts. These parasites cause not only blood pathology, but also damage various organs due to extensive exo-erythrocytic development all over the body, which is not the case during Plasmodium infections in mammals. However, exo-erythrocytic development (tissue merogony or schizogony) remains the most poorly investigated part of life cycle in all groups of wildlife haemosporidian parasites...
March 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
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