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    Genetic diversity and differentiation patterns in Micromeria from the Canary Islands are congruent with multiple colonization dynamics and the establishment of species syngameons

    Especially on islands closer to the mainland, such as the Canary Islands, different lineages that originated by multiple colonization events could have merged by hybridization, which then could have promoted r...

    M. Curto, P. Puppo, S. Kratschmer and H. Meimberg

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:198

    Published on: 22 August 2017

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    Divergence of functional effects among bacterial sRNA paralogs

    Non-coding small RNAs (sRNAs) regulate a variety of important biological processes across all life domains, including bacteria. However, little is known about the functional evolution of sRNAs in bacteria, whi...

    I-Chen Kimberly Chen, Gregory J. Velicer and Yuen-Tsu Nicco Yu

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:199

    Published on: 22 August 2017

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    Visual adaptation in Lake Victoria cichlid fishes: depth-related variation of color and scotopic opsins in species from sand/mud bottoms

    For Lake Victoria cichlid species inhabiting rocky substrates with differing light regimes, it has been proposed that adaptation of the long-wavelength-sensitive (LWS) opsin gene triggered speciation by sensory d...

    Yohey Terai, Ryutaro Miyagi, Mitsuto Aibara, Shinji Mizoiri, Hiroo Imai, Takashi Okitsu, Akimori Wada, Shiho Takahashi-Kariyazono, Akie Sato, Herbert Tichy, Hillary D. J. Mrosso, Semvua I. Mzighani and Norihiro Okada

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:200

    Published on: 22 August 2017

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    A history of hybrids? Genomic patterns of introgression in the True Geese

    The impacts of hybridization on the process of speciation are manifold, leading to distinct patterns across the genome. Genetic differentiation accumulates in certain genomic regions, while divergence is hampe...

    Jente Ottenburghs, Hendrik-Jan Megens, Robert H. S. Kraus, Pim van Hooft, Sipke E. van Wieren, Richard P. M. A. Crooijmans, Ronald C. Ydenberg, Martien A. M. Groenen and Herbert H. T. Prins

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:201

    Published on: 22 August 2017

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    Mechanisms of peripheral phylogeographic divergence in the indo-Pacific: lessons from the spiny lobster Panulirus homarus

    There is increasing recognition of the concordance between marine biogeographic and phylogeographic boundaries. However, it is still unclear how population-level divergence translates into species-level diverg...

    Ahmad Farhadi, Andrew G. Jeffs, Hamid Farahmand, Thankappan Sarasam Rejiniemon, Greg Smith and Shane D. Lavery

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:195

    Published on: 18 August 2017

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    Phenotypes, antioxidant responses, and gene expression changes accompanying a sugar-only diet in Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel) (Diptera: Tephritidae)

    Diet composition (yeast:carbohydrate ratio) is an important determinant of growth, development, and reproduction. Recent studies have shown that decreased yeast intake elicits numerous transcriptomic changes a...

    Er-Hu Chen, Qiu-Li Hou, Dan-Dan Wei, Hong-Bo Jiang and Jin-Jun Wang

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:194

    Published on: 17 August 2017

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    Lack of satellite DNA species-specific homogenization and relationship to chromosomal rearrangements in monitor lizards (Varanidae, Squamata)

    Satellite DNAs (stDNAs) are highly repeated sequences that constitute large portions of any genome. The evolutionary dynamics of stDNA (e.g. copy number, nucleotide sequence, location) can, therefore, provide ...

    Ornjira Prakhongcheep, Watcharaporn Thapana, Aorarat Suntronpong, Worapong Singchat, Khampee Pattanatanang, Rattanin Phatcharakullawarawat, Narongrit Muangmai, Surin Peyachoknagul, Kazumi Matsubara, Tariq Ezaz and Kornsorn Srikulnath

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:193

    Published on: 16 August 2017

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    Annotating long intergenic non-coding RNAs under artificial selection during chicken domestication

    Numerous biological functions of long intergenic non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs) have been identified. However, the contribution of lincRNAs to the domestication process has remained elusive. Following domesticatio...

    Yun-Mei Wang, Hai-Bo Xu, Ming-Shan Wang, Newton Otieno Otecko, Ling-Qun Ye, Dong-Dong Wu and Ya-Ping Zhang

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:192

    Published on: 15 August 2017

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    Historical biogeography and ecological niche modelling of the Asimina-Disepalum clade (Annonaceae): role of ecological differentiation in Neotropical-Asian disjunctions and diversification in Asia

    The Asimina-Disepalum clade (Annonaceae subfam. Annonoideae tribe Annoneae) includes a major Neotropical-Asian biogeographical disjunction. We evaluate whether this disjunction can be explained by the Eocene bore...

    Pui-Sze Li, Daniel C. Thomas and Richard M. K. Saunders

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:188

    Published on: 14 August 2017

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    Drift, selection, or migration? Processes affecting genetic differentiation and variation along a latitudinal gradient in an amphibian

    Past events like fluctuations in population size and post-glacial colonization processes may influence the relative importance of genetic drift, migration and selection when determining the present day pattern...

    Maria Cortázar-Chinarro, Ella Z. Lattenkamp, Yvonne Meyer-Lucht, Emilien Luquet, Anssi Laurila and Jacob Höglund

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:189

    Published on: 14 August 2017

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    Evaluating the maintenance of disease-associated variation at the blood group-related gene B4galnt2 in house mice

    B4galnt2 is a blood group-related glycosyltransferase that displays cis-regulatory variation for its tissue-specific expression patterns in house mice. The wild type allele, found e.g....

    Marie Vallier, Maria Abou Chakra, Laura Hindersin, Miriam Linnenbrink, Arne Traulsen and John F. Baines

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:187

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  12. Research Article

    Going deeper in the automated identification of Herbarium specimens

    Hundreds of herbarium collections have accumulated a valuable heritage and knowledge of plants over several centuries. Recent initiatives started ambitious preservation plans to digitize this information and m...

    Jose Carranza-Rojas, Herve Goeau, Pierre Bonnet, Erick Mata-Montero and Alexis Joly

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:181

    Published on: 11 August 2017

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    Polymorphism and structure of style–specific arabinogalactan proteins as determinants of pollen tube growth in Nicotiana

    Pollen tube growth and fertilization are key processes in angiosperm sexual reproduction. The transmitting tract (TT) of Nicotiana tabacum controls pollen tube growth in part by secreting pistil extensin-like pro...

    Andrzej K. Noyszewski, Yi-Cheng Liu, Koichiro Tamura and Alan G. Smith

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:186

    Published on: 10 August 2017

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    mtDNA structure: the women who formed the Brazilian Northeast

    The distribution of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) lineages in Brazil is heterogeneous due to different regional colonization dynamics. Northeastern Brazil, although being an important region in terms of human imig...

    Ana Paula Schaan, Lorenna Costa, Diego Santos, Antonio Modesto, Marcos Amador, Camile Lopes, Sílvia Helena Rabenhorst, Raquel Montenegro, Bruno D. A. Souza, Thayson Lopes, France Keiko Yoshioka, Giovanny Pinto, Vivian Silbiger and Ândrea Ribeiro-dos-Santos

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:185

    Published on: 9 August 2017

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    Contrasting morphology with molecular data: an approach to revision of species complexes based on the example of European Phoxinus (Cyprinidae)

    Molecular taxonomy studies and barcoding projects can provide rapid means of detecting cryptic diversity. Nevertheless, the use of molecular data for species delimitation should be undertaken with caution. Esp...

    Anja Palandačić, Alexander Naseka, David Ramler and Harald Ahnelt

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:184

    Published on: 9 August 2017

  16. Research article

    Phylogenetic analysis of the SINA/SIAH ubiquitin E3 ligase family in Metazoa

    The RAS signaling pathway is a pivotal developmental pathway that controls many fundamental biological processes including cell proliferation, differentiation, movement and apoptosis. Drosophila Seven-IN-Absentia...

    Ian J. Pepper, Robert E. Van Sciver and Amy H. Tang

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:182

    Published on: 7 August 2017

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    Evolution of the p53-MDM2 pathway

    The p53 signalling pathway, which controls cell fate, has been extensively studied due to its prominent role in tumor development. The pathway includes the tumor supressor protein p53, its vertebrate paralogs ...

    Emma Åberg, Fulvio Saccoccia, Manfred Grabherr, Wai Ying Josefin Ore, Per Jemth and Greta Hultqvist

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:177

    Published on: 3 August 2017

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    Hostplant change and paleoclimatic events explain diversification shifts in skipper butterflies (Family: Hesperiidae)

    Skippers (Family: Hesperiidae) are a large group of butterflies with ca. 4000 species under 567 genera. The lack of a time-calibrated higher-level phylogeny of the group has precluded understanding of its evol...

    Ranjit Kumar Sahoo, Andrew D. Warren, Steve C. Collins and Ullasa Kodandaramaiah

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:174

    Published on: 2 August 2017

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