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Speciation and evolutionary genetics

This section considers studies into speciation and the role of inheritance and variation in individuals and among populations in evolution.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    As bats have recently been described to harbor many different viruses, several studies have investigated the genetic co-variation between viruses and different bat species. However, little is known about the g...

    Authors: Tanja K. Halczok, Kerstin Fischer, Robert Gierke, Veronika Zeus, Frauke Meier, Christoph Treß, Anne Balkema-Buschmann, Sébastien J. Puechmaille and Gerald Kerth

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:5

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    Ancient Lake Ohrid, located on the Albania-Macedonia border, is the most biodiverse freshwater lake in Europe. However, the processes that gave rise to its extraordinary endemic biodiversity, particularly in t...

    Authors: Björn Stelbrink, Alena A. Shirokaya, Kirstin Föller, Thomas Wilke and Christian Albrecht

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:273

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    Evolutionary histories of parasite and host populations are intimately linked such that their spatial genetic structures may be correlated. While these processes have been relatively well studied in specialist...

    Authors: Benoit Talbot, Maarten J. Vonhof, Hugh G. Broders, Brock Fenton and Nusha Keyghobadi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:268

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    As global climate change transforms average temperature and rainfall, species distributions may meet, increasing the potential for hybridization and altering individual fitness and population growth. Altered r...

    Authors: Zachary Teitel, Agnieszka Klimowski and Lesley G. Campbell

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:266

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    A common, 32kb deletion of LCE3B and LCE3C genes is strongly associated with psoriasis. We recently found that this deletion is ancient, predating Human-Denisovan divergence. However, it was not clear why negativ...

    Authors: Petar Pajic, Yen-Lung Lin, Duo Xu and Omer Gokcumen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:265

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    DNA barcoding has demonstrated that many discrete phenotypes are in fact genetically distinct (pseudo)cryptic species. Genetically identical, isogenic individuals, however, can also express similarly different...

    Authors: Chen Wang, Shobhit Agrawal, Jürgen Laudien, Vreni Häussermann and Christoph Held

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:258

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    The identification, description and understanding of protein-protein networks are important in cell biology and medicine, especially for the study of system biology where the focus concerns the interaction of ...

    Authors: Erli Pang, Yu Hao, Ying Sun and Kui Lin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:260

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    RAD-seq is a powerful tool, increasingly used in population genomics. However, earlier studies have raised red flags regarding possible biases associated with this technique. In particular, polymorphism on res...

    Authors: Marie Cariou, Laurent Duret and Sylvain Charlat

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:240

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    Subtilisin-like serine proteases or Subtilases in fungi are important for penetration and colonization of host. In Hypocreales, these proteins share several properties with other fungal, bacterial, plant and m...

    Authors: Deepti Varshney, Akanksha Jaiswar, Alok Adholeya and Pushplata Prasad

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:220

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    There is great controversy as to whether Microsporidia undergo a sexual cycle. In the paradigmatic case of Nosema ceranae, although there is no morphological evidence of sex, some meiosis-specific genes are prese...

    Authors: Soledad Sagastume, Raquel Martín-Hernández, Mariano Higes and Nuno Henriques-Gil

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:216

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    Fluorescent proteins are optically active proteins found across many clades in metazoans. A fluorescent protein was recently identified in a ctenophore, but this has been suggested to derive from a cnidarian, ...

    Authors: Warren R. Francis, Lynne M. Christianson, Meghan L. Powers, Christine E. Schnitzler and Steven H. D. Haddock

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:167

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    In the duplication-degeneration-complementation (DDC) model, a duplicated gene has three possible fates: it may lose functionality through the accumulation of mutations (nonfunctionalization), acquire a new fu...

    Authors: Robert B. Laprairie, Eileen M. Denovan-Wright and Jonathan M. Wright

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:147

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    Understanding the mechanisms and selective forces leading to adaptive radiations and origin of biodiversity is a major goal of evolutionary biology. Acrocephalus warblers are small passerines that underwent an ad...

    Authors: Radka Reifová, Veronika Majerová, Jiří Reif, Markus Ahola, Antero Lindholm and Petr Procházka

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:130

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    In recent years, several types of molecular markers and new microscale skeletal characters have shown potential as powerful tools for phylogenetic reconstructions and higher-level taxonomy of scleractinian cor...

    Authors: Anna Maria Addamo, Agostina Vertino, Jaroslaw Stolarski, Ricardo García-Jiménez, Marco Taviani and Annie Machordom

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:108

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:149

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    Four plastid regions, rpoB, rpoC1, matK, and trnH-psbA, have been recommended as DNA barcodes for plants. Their success in delimiting species boundaries depends on the existence of a clear-cut difference between ...

    Authors: Sofia Caetano Wyler and Yamama Naciri

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:103

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    Examining allelic variation of R-genes in closely related perennial species of Arabidopsis thaliana is critical to understanding how population structure and ecology interact with selection to shape the evolution...

    Authors: James Buckley, Elizabeth Kilbride, Volkan Cevik, Joana G. Vicente, Eric B. Holub and Barbara K. Mable

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:93

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    The domestic pig Sus scrofa domesticus originated from the wild boar S. scrofa about 10,000 years ago. During domestication, drastic morphological, physiological, and behavioral changes developed between domestic...

    Authors: Cencen Li, Xiao Wang, Huimin Cai, Yuhua Fu, Yu Luan, Wen Wang, Hui Xiang and Changchun Li

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:87

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    The respective role and relative importance of natural selection and gene flow in the process of population divergence has been a central theme in the speciation literature. A previous study presented conclusi...

    Authors: Qingxiang Han, Hiroyuki Higashi, Yuki Mitsui and Hiroaki Setoguchi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:84

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    Many species contain evolutionarily distinct groups that are genetically highly differentiated but morphologically difficult to distinguish (i.e., cryptic species). The presence of cryptic species poses signif...

    Authors: Marie Leys, Irene Keller, Katja Räsänen, Jean-Luc Gattolliat and Christopher T. Robinson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:77

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    Studying patterns of introgression can illuminate the role of hybridization in speciation, and help guide decisions relevant to the conservation of rare taxa. Vipera magnifica and Vipera orlovi are small vipers t...

    Authors: Oleksandr Zinenko, Michael Sovic, Ulrich Joger and H. Lisle Gibbs

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:76

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    The genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis contains five copies of the ESX gene cluster, each encoding a dedicated protein secretion system. These ESX secretion systems have been defined as a novel Type VII secreti...

    Authors: Mae Newton-Foot, Robin Mark Warren, Samantha Leigh Sampson, Paul David van Helden and Nicolaas Claudius Gey van Pittius

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:62

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    The Oriental fruit bat genus Cynopterus, with several geographically overlapping species, presents an interesting case study to evaluate the evolutionary significance of coexistence versus isolation. We examined ...

    Authors: Balaji Chattopadhyay, Kritika M. Garg, A. K. Vinoth Kumar, D. Paramanantha Swami Doss, Frank E. Rheindt, Sripathi Kandula and Uma Ramakrishnan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:41

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    The Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling pathway constitutes an essential component of the innate immune system. Highly conserved proteins, indicative of their critical roles in host survival, characterize this ...

    Authors: Kwame A. Darfour-Oduro, Hendrik-Jan Megens, Alfred L. Roca, Martien A. M. Groenen and Lawrence B. Schook

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:33

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    The variation rate in genomic regions associated with different alleles, impacts to distinct evolutionary patterns involving rare alleles. The rare alleles bias towards genome-wide association studies (GWASs),...

    Authors: Shabana Memon, Xianqing Jia, Longjiang Gu and Xiaohui Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:25

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    The ridges and valleys of the Andes create physical barriers that limit animal dispersal and cause deterministic local variation in rainfall. This has resulted in physical isolation of animal populations and v...

    Authors: Phred M. Benham and Christopher C. Witt

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:22

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    During glacial periods, glacial advances caused temperate plant extirpation or retreat into localized warmer areas, and subsequent postglacial glacial retreats resulted in range expansions, which facilitated s...

    Authors: Yue Li, Fumito Tada, Tadashi Yamashiro and Masayuki Maki

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:20

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    The ecological differentiation of insects with parasitic life-style is a complex process that may involve phylogenetic constraints as well as morphological and/or behavioural adaptations. In most cases, the re...

    Authors: F. Al khatib, A. Cruaud, L. Fusu, G. Genson, J.-Y. Rasplus, N. Ris and G. Delvare

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:13

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    Evolutionary studies of genes that mediate recognition between sperm and egg contribute to our understanding of reproductive isolation and speciation. Surface receptors involved in fertilization are targets of...

    Authors: Agnieszka P. Lipinska, Els J. M. Van Damme and Olivier De Clerck

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:5

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Pleistocene climatic oscillations and historical geological events may both influence current patterns of genetic variation, and the species in southern China that faced unique climatic and topographical event...

    Authors: Jun Li, Mian Zhao, Shichao Wei, Zhenhua Luo and Hua Wu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:289

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    Proteins in the Glycoside Hydrolase family 32 (GH32) are carbohydrate-active enzymes known as invertases that hydrolyse the glycosidic bonds of complex saccharides. Fungi rely on these enzymes to gain access t...

    Authors: M. A. Van der Nest, E. T. Steenkamp, A. R. McTaggart, C. Trollip, T. Godlonton, E. Sauerman, D. Roodt, K. Naidoo, M. P. A. Coetzee, P. M. Wilken, M. J. Wingfield and B. D. Wingfield

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:273

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    Leptomonas is monogenetic kinetoplastid parasite of insects and is primitive in comparison to Leishmania. Comparative studies of these two kinetoplastid may share light on the evolutio...

    Authors: Indira Singh Chauhan, Jaspreet Kaur, Shagun Krishna, Arpita Ghosh, Prashant Singh, Mohammad Imran Siddiqi and Neeloo Singh

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:261

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    Loaches of the family Nemacheilidae are one of the most speciose elements of Palearctic freshwater ichthyofauna and have undergone rapid ecological adaptations and colonizations. Their cytotaxonomy is largely ...

    Authors: Alexandr Sember, Jörg Bohlen, Vendula Šlechtová, Marie Altmanová, Radka Symonová and Petr Ráb

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:251

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    Major factors influencing the phenotypic diversity of a lineage can be recognized by characterizing the extent and mode of trait evolution between related species. Here, we compared the evolutionary dynamics o...

    Authors: Martha Liliana Serrano-Serrano, Mathieu Perret, Maïté Guignard, Alain Chautems, Daniele Silvestro and Nicolas Salamin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:247

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    The interaction between viruses and their receptors in the host can be expected to lead to an evolutionary arms race resulting in cycles of rapid adaptations. We focus here on the receptor gene Xpr1 (xenotropic a...

    Authors: Natascha Hasenkamp, Terry Solomon and Diethard Tautz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:248

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    The accurate delimitation of species is essential to numerous areas of biological research. An unbiased assessment of the diversity, including the cryptic diversity, is of particular importance for the below g...

    Authors: Iwona Giska, Pierfrancesco Sechi and Wiesław Babik

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:217

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    Three NBS-LRR genes, Rpi-blb2, Mi-1.2, and Cami, constitute a very special plant resistance gene family. These genes confer resistance against 4 distantly related pathogen species in 3 different Solanaceae hosts....

    Authors: Lina Zhao, Qijun Zhang, Rongchao Gao, Sihai Yang, Haoxuan Liu and Xiaohui Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:215

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    Maternally inherited Wolbachia bacteria infect many insect species. They can also be transferred horizontally into uninfected host lineages. A Wolbachia spillover from an infected source population must occur pri...

    Authors: Jennifer L. Morrow, Marianne Frommer, Jane E. Royer, Deborah C. A. Shearman and Markus Riegler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:202

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    Hybridization and introgression are said to occur relatively frequently in plants, and in particular among different species of willows. However, data on the actual frequency of natural hybridization and intro...

    Authors: Johan Fogelqvist, Alla V. Verkhozina, Alexander I. Katyshev, Pascal Pucholt, Christina Dixelius, Ann Christin Rönnberg-Wästljung, Martin Lascoux and Sofia Berlin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:193

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    The mechanistic basis of speciation and in particular the contribution of behaviour to the completion of the speciation process is often contentious. Contact zones between related taxa provide a situation wher...

    Authors: Mathias Beysard, Rebecca Krebs-Wheaton and Gerald Heckel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:170

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    Life history traits like developmental time, age and size at maturity are directly related to fitness in all organisms and play a major role in adaptive evolution and speciation processes. Comparative genomic ...

    Authors: Barbara Feldmeyer, Bastian Greshake, Elisabeth Funke, Ingo Ebersberger and Markus Pfenninger

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:164

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    Polyploidisation is one of the most important mechanisms in the evolution of angiosperms. As in many other genera, formation of polyploids has significantly contributed to diversification and radiation of Knautia

    Authors: Božo Frajman, Ivana Rešetnik, Hanna Weiss-Schneeweiss, Friedrich Ehrendorfer and Peter Schönswetter

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:140

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Crop diversity managed by smallholder farmers in traditional agrosystems is the outcome of historical and current processes interacting at various spatial scales, and influenced by factors such as farming prac...

    Authors: Ali Sahri, Lamyae Chentoufi, Mustapha Arbaoui, Morgane Ardisson, Loubna Belqadi, Ahmed Birouk, Pierre Roumet and Marie-Hélène Muller

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:264

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    Allopatric divergence across lineages can lead to post-zygotic reproductive isolation upon secondary contact and disrupt coevolution between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes, promoting emergence of genetic in...

    Authors: Alice Saunier, Pascale Garcia, Vanessa Becquet, Nathalie Marsaud, Frédéric Escudié and Eric Pante

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:259

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