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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

    The genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC/MH) have attracted considerable scientific interest due to their exceptional levels of variability and important function as part of the adaptive immune s...

    Authors: Anthony B Wilson, Camilla M Whittington and Angela Bahr

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:273

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    The donkey (Equus asinus) is an important domestic animal that provides a reliable source of protein and method of transportation for many human populations. However, the process of domestication and the dispersa...

    Authors: Lu Han, Songbiao Zhu, Chao Ning, Dawei Cai, Kai Wang, Quanjia Chen, Songmei Hu, Junkai Yang, Jing Shao, Hong Zhu and Hui Zhou

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:246

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    Mitochondrial DNA markers have long been used to identify population boundaries and are now a standard tool in conservation biology. In elasmobranchs, evolutionary rates of mitochondrial genes are low and vari...

    Authors: Pierre Feutry, Peter M Kyne, Richard D Pillans, Xiao Chen, Gavin JP Naylor and Peter M Grewe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:232

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    Hybridization provides a unique perspective into the ecological, genetic and behavioral context of speciation. Hybridization is common in birds, but has not yet been reported among bird species with a simultan...

    Authors: Matthew J Miller, Sara E Lipshutz, Neal G Smith and Eldredge Bermingham

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:227

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    African wildlife experienced a reduction in population size and geographical distribution over the last millennium, particularly since the 19th century as a result of human demographic expansion, wildlife overexp...

    Authors: Nathalie Smitz, Daniel Cornélis, Philippe Chardonnet, Alexandre Caron, Michel de Garine-Wichatitsky, Ferran Jori, Alice Mouton, Alice Latinne, Lise-Marie Pigneur, Mario Melletti, Kimberly L Kanapeckas, Jonathan Marescaux, Carlos Lopes Pereira and Johan Michaux

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:203

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:17

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    Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is a neoplastic disease characterized by cutaneous tumours that has been documented to infect all sea turtle species. Chelonid fibropapilloma-associated herpesvirus (CFPHV) is believed...

    Authors: Alonzo Alfaro-Núñez, Mads Frost Bertelsen, Anders Miki Bojesen, Isabel Rasmussen, Lisandra Zepeda-Mendoza, Morten Tange Olsen and Marcus Thomas Pius Gilbert

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:206

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    Archaeology reports millenary cultural contacts between Peruvian Coast-Andes and the Amazon Yunga, a rainforest transitional region between Andes and Lower Amazonia. To clarify the relationships between cultur...

    Authors: Marilia O Scliar, Mateus H Gouveia, Andrea Benazzo, Silvia Ghirotto, Nelson JR Fagundes, Thiago P Leal, Wagner CS Magalhães, Latife Pereira, Maira R Rodrigues, Giordano B Soares-Souza, Lilia Cabrera, Douglas E Berg, Robert H Gilman, Giorgio Bertorelle and Eduardo Tarazona-Santos

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:174

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    The phylogenetic history of genes underlying phenotypic diversity can offer insight into the evolutionary origin of adaptive traits. This is especially true where single genes have large phenotypic effects, fo...

    Authors: Martin J Thompson, Martijn JTN Timmermans, Chris D Jiggins and Alfried P Vogler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:140

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    Gene flow plays an important role in domestication history of domesticated species. However, little is known about the demographic history of domesticated silkworm involving gene flow with its wild relative.

    Authors: Shao-Yu Yang, Min-Jin Han, Li-Fang Kang, Zi-Wen Li, Yi-Hong Shen and Ze Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:185

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    Pathogens are a major regulatory force for host populations, especially under stressful conditions. Elevated temperatures may enhance the development of pathogens, increase the number of transmission stages, a...

    Authors: Franziska M Schade, Lisa NS Shama and K Mathias Wegner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:164

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    The moss Physcomitrella patens (Hedw.) Bruch & Schimp. is an important experimental model system for evolutionary-developmental studies. In order to shed light on the evolutionary history of Physcomitrella and re...

    Authors: Anna K Beike, Mark von Stackelberg, Mareike Schallenberg-Rüdinger, Sebastian T Hanke, Marie Follo, Dietmar Quandt, Stuart F McDaniel, Ralf Reski, Benito C Tan and Stefan A Rensing

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:158

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    Hybrid zones formed by the secondary contact of divergent lineages represent natural laboratories for studying the genetic basis of speciation. Here we tested for patterns of differential introgression among t...

    Authors: Xiuguang Mao, Guangjian Zhu, Libiao Zhang, Shuyi Zhang and Stephen J Rossiter

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:154

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    The two North Atlantic eel species, the European and the American eel, represent an ideal system in which to study parallel selection patterns due to their sister species status and the presence of ongoing gen...

    Authors: Malene G Ulrik, José Martín Pujolar, Anne-Laure Ferchaud, Magnus W Jacobsen, Thomas D Als, Pierre Alexandre Gagnaire, Jane Frydenberg, Peder K Bøcher, Bjarni Jónsson, Louis Bernatchez and Michael M Hansen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:138

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    Conserving genetic diversity and local adaptations are management priorities for wild populations of exploited species, which increasingly are subject to climate change, habitat loss, and pollution. These cons...

    Authors: Amanda E Haponski and Carol A Stepien

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:133

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    Habitat fragmentation has accelerated within the last century, but may have been ongoing over longer time scales. We analyzed the timing and genetic consequences of fragmentation in two isolated lake-dwelling ...

    Authors: Michael M Hansen, Morten T Limborg, Anne-Laure Ferchaud and José-Martin Pujolar

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:122

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    Tubifex tubifex is a widespread annelid characterized by considerable variability in its taxonomic characteristics and by a mixed reproductive strategy, with both parthenogenesis and biparental reproduction. In a...

    Authors: Roberto Marotta, Angelica Crottini, Elena Raimondi, Cristina Fondello and Marco Ferraguti

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:73

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    The red brocket deer, Mazama americana, has at least six distinct karyotypes in different regions of South America that suggest the existence of various species that are today all referred to as M. americana. Fro...

    Authors: Marina Suzuki Cursino, Maurício Barbosa Salviano, Vanessa Veltrini Abril, Eveline dos Santos Zanetti and José Maurício Barbanti Duarte

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:40

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    Traditional morphological and biological species concepts are difficult to apply to closely related, asexual taxa because of the lack of an active sexual phase and paucity of morphological characters. Phylogen...

    Authors: Jane E Stewart, Lavern W Timmer, Christopher B Lawrence, Barry M Pryor and Tobin L Peever

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:38

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    The glaciation cycles that occurred throughout the Pleistocene in western North America caused frequent shifts in species’ ranges with important implications for models of species divergence. For example, long...

    Authors: Emily M Rubidge, James L Patton and Craig Moritz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:34

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    Geographic barriers to gene flow and divergence among populations in sexual traits are two important causes of genetic isolation which may lead to speciation. Genetic isolation may be facilitated if these two ...

    Authors: Magdalena Herdegen, Heather J Alexander, Wiesław Babik, Jesús Mavárez, Felix Breden and Jacek Radwan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:28

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    Hybridization and polyploidy are central processes in evolution and speciation. These mechanisms often lead to complex patterns of genetic variation and the creation of novel genotypes, which may establish if ...

    Authors: Isabel Marques, David Draper, Lorena Riofrío and Carlos Naranjo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:20

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    Temporal variation in the genetic structure of populations can be caused by multiple factors, including natural selection, stochastic environmental variation, migration, or genetic drift. In benthic marine spe...

    Authors: Jenni E Kesäniemi, Marina Mustonen, Christoffer Boström, Benni W Hansen and K Emily Knott

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:12

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    The non-migratory killifish Fundulus heteroclitus inhabits clean and polluted environments interspersed throughout its range along the Atlantic coast of North America. Several populations of this species have suc...

    Authors: Adam M Reitzel, Sibel I Karchner, Diana G Franks, Brad R Evans, Diane Nacci, Denise Champlin, Verónica M Vieira and Mark E Hahn

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:6

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    The most toxic aromatic hydrocarbon pollutants are categorized as dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) to which extreme tolerance has evolved independently and contemporaneously in (at least) four populations of Atlan...

    Authors: Dina A Proestou, Patrick Flight, Denise Champlin and Diane Nacci

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:7

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    Maize is the most produced crop in Sub-Saharan Africa, but yields are low and climate change is projected to further constrain smallholder production. The current efforts to breed and disseminate new high yiel...

    Authors: Ola T Westengen, Kristoffer H Ring, Paul R Berg and Anne K Brysting

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:1

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    The evolution of ecological divergence in closely related species is a key component of adaptive radiation. However, in most examples of adaptive radiation the mechanistic basis of ecological divergence remain...

    Authors: Matthew D McGee, Dolph Schluter and Peter C Wainwright

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:277

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    Radiation in some plant groups has occurred on islands and due to the characteristic rapid pace of phenotypic evolution, standard molecular markers often provide insufficient variation for phylogenetic reconst...

    Authors: Barbara Turner, Ovidiu Paun, Jérôme Munzinger, Sutee Duangjai, Mark W Chase and Rosabelle Samuel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:269

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    Positive multi-locus heterozygosity-fitness correlations have been observed in a number of natural populations. They have been explained by the correlation between heterozygosity and inbreeding, and the negati...

    Authors: Gemma GR Murray, Mark EJ Woolhouse, Miika Tapio, Mary N Mbole-Kariuki, Tad S Sonstegard, Samuel M Thumbi, Amy E Jennings, Ilana Conradie van Wyk, Margo Chase-Topping, Henry Kiara, Phil Toye, Koos Coetzer, Barend M deC Bronsvoort and Olivier Hanotte

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:246

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  29. Content type: Research article

    To survive in a hostile environment, insects have evolved an innate immune system to defend against infection. Studies have shown that natural selection may drive the evolution of immune system-related protein...

    Authors: Ming Han, Sheng Qin, Xiaojun Song, Yafang Li, Ping Jin, Liming Chen and Fei Ma

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:245

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    Species are the fundamental units in evolutionary biology. However, defining them as evolutionary independent lineages requires integration of several independent sources of information in order to develop rob...

    Authors: Matthias Markolf, Hanitriniaina Rakotonirina, Claudia Fichtel, Phillip von Grumbkow, Markus Brameier and Peter M Kappeler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:233

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    Evaluating patterns of genetic variation is important to identify conservation units (i.e., evolutionarily significant units [ESUs], management units [MUs], and adaptive units [AUs]) in endangered species. Whi...

    Authors: Ying Zhu, Qiu-Hong Wan, Bin Yu, Yun-Fa Ge and Sheng-Guo Fang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:227

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    Hybridization and reproductive isolation are central to the origin and maintenance of species, and especially for sympatric species, gene flow is often inhibited through barriers that depend upon mating compat...

    Authors: Britta Büker, Elsa Petit, Dominik Begerow and Michael E Hood

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:224

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    Sperm and testes-expressed Adam genes have been shown to undergo bouts of positive selection in mammals. Despite the pervasiveness of positive selection signals, it is unclear what has driven such selective bouts...

    Authors: Phil Grayson and Alberto Civetta

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:217

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    Anopheles (Kerteszia) cruzii (Diptera: Culicidae) is a primary vector of human and simian malaria parasites in southern and southeastern Brazil. Earlier studies using chromosome inversions, isoenzymes and a numbe...

    Authors: Luísa DP Rona, Carlos J Carvalho-Pinto and Alexandre A Peixoto

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:207

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    The evolutionary events that have shaped biodiversity patterns in the African rainforests are still poorly documented. Past forest fragmentation and ecological gradients have been advocated as important driver...

    Authors: Jerome Duminil, Richard P Brown, Eben-Ezer BK Ewédjè, Patrick Mardulyn, Jean-Louis Doucet and Olivier J Hardy

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:195

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    The maternally inherited bacterium Wolbachia often acts as a subtle parasite that manipulates insect reproduction, resulting potentially in reproductive isolation between host populations. Whilst distinct Wolbach...

    Authors: Emilie Dumas, Célestine M Atyame, Pascal Milesi, Dina M Fonseca, Elena V Shaikevich, Sandra Unal, Patrick Makoundou, Mylène Weill and Olivier Duron

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:181

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    The Galapagos Islands constitute a highly diverse ecosystem and a unique source of variation in the form of endemic species. There are two endemic tomato species, Solanum galapagense and S. cheesmaniae and two in...

    Authors: Alejandro F Lucatti, Adriaan W van Heusden, Ric CH de Vos, Richard GF Visser and Ben Vosman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:175

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    Light, the driving force of photosynthesis, can be harmful when present in excess; therefore, any light harvesting system requires photoprotection. Members of the extended light-harvesting complex (LHC) protei...

    Authors: Sabine Sturm, Johannes Engelken, Ansgar Gruber, Sascha Vugrinec, Peter G Kroth, Iwona Adamska and Johann Lavaud

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:159

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    Birnaviruses form a distinct family of double-stranded RNA viruses infecting animals as different as vertebrates, mollusks, insects and rotifers. With such a wide host range, they constitute a good model for s...

    Authors: Jean-François Gibrat, Mahendra Mariadassou, Pierre Boudinot and Bernard Delmas

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:154

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    Gen(om)e duplication events are hypothesized as key mechanisms underlying the origin of phenotypic diversity and evolutionary innovation. The diverse and species-rich lineage of teleost fishes is a renowned ex...

    Authors: Eveline T Diepeveen, Fabienne D Kim and Walter Salzburger

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:153

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    Individuals commonly prefer certain trait values over others when choosing their mates. If such preferences diverge between populations, they can generate behavioral reproductive isolation and thereby contribu...

    Authors: Tanja Schwander, Devin Arbuthnott, Regine Gries, Gerhard Gries, Patrik Nosil and Bernard J Crespi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:151

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    Currently, there is very limited knowledge about the genes involved in normal pigmentation variation in East Asian populations. We carried out a genome-wide scan of signatures of positive selection using the 1...

    Authors: Jessica L Hider, Rachel M Gittelman, Tapan Shah, Melissa Edwards, Arnold Rosenbloom, Joshua M Akey and Esteban J Parra

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:150

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    Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) exhibit high levels of variability, which is believed to have arisen through pathogen-mediated selection. We investigated the relationship between parasite l...

    Authors: Min Zhang and Hongxuan He

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:149

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    Many groups of insects have obligate bacterial symbionts that are vertically transmitted. Such associations are typically characterized by the presence of a monophyletic group of bacteria living in a well-defi...

    Authors: Wendy A Smith, Kelly F Oakeson, Kevin P Johnson, David L Reed, Tamar Carter, Kari L Smith, Ryuichi Koga, Takema Fukatsu, Dale H Clayton and Colin Dale

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:109

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