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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

    Wolbachia pipientis, a diverse group of α-proteobacteria, can alter arthropod host reproduction and confer a reproductive advantage to Wolbachia-infected females (cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI)). This advantage...

    Authors: Rebecca E Symula, Uzma Alam, Corey Brelsfoard, Yineng Wu, Richard Echodu, Loyce M Okedi, Serap Aksoy and Adalgisa Caccone

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:31

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    Molecular techniques are increasingly employed to recognize the presence of cryptic species, even among commonly observed taxa. Previous studies have demonstrated that bats using high-duty cycle echolocation m...

    Authors: Elizabeth L Clare, Amanda M Adams, Aline Z Maya-Simões, Judith L Eger, Paul DN Hebert and M Brock Fenton

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:26

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    Invasive pest species offers a unique opportunity to study the effects of genetic architecture, demography and selection on patterns of genetic variability. Invasive Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemline...

    Authors: Saija Piiroinen, Leena Lindström, Anne Lyytinen, Johanna Mappes, Yolanda H Chen, Victor Izzo and Alessandro Grapputo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:13

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    The enzyme phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase, PEPCK, occurs in its guanosine-nucleotide-using form in animals and a few prokaryotes. We study its natural genetic variation in Colias (Lepidoptera, Pieridae). PEPCK...

    Authors: Ward B Watt, Richard R Hudson, Baiqing Wang and Eddie Wang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:9

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    Understanding demographic histories, such as divergence time, patterns of gene flow, and population size changes, in ecologically diverging lineages provide implications for the process and maintenance of popu...

    Authors: Yuki Mitsui and Hiroaki Setoguchi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:254

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    Phenotypic evolution may occur through mutations that affect either the structure or expression of protein-coding genes. Although the evolution of color vision has historically been attributed to structural mutat...

    Authors: Kelly E O’Quin, Jane E Schulte, Zil Patel, Nadia Kahn, Zan Naseer, Helena Wang, Matthew A Conte and Karen L Carleton

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:251

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    Allorecognition, the ability of an organism to distinguish self from non-self, occurs throughout the entire tree of life. Despite the prevalence and importance of allorecognition systems, the genetic basis of ...

    Authors: Marie L Nydam and Anthony W De Tomaso

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:249

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    The symbiosis between reef-building corals and photosynthetic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium) is an integral part of the coral reef ecosystem, as corals are dependent on Symbiodinium for the majority of their ener...

    Authors: Jason T Ladner, Daniel J Barshis and Stephen R Palumbi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:217

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    Chrysanthemyl diphosphate synthase (CDS) is a key enzyme in biosynthetic pathways producing pyrethrins and irregular monoterpenes. These compounds are confined to plants of the tribe Anthemideae of the Asterac...

    Authors: Ping-Li Liu, Jun-Nan Wan, Yan-Ping Guo, Song Ge and Guang-Yuan Rao

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:214

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    Adaptive radiation is the process by which a single ancestral species diversifies into many descendants adapted to exploit a wide range of habitats. The appearance of ecological opportunities, or the colonisat...

    Authors: Glenn Litsios, Carrie A Sims, Rafael O Wüest, Peter B Pearman, Niklaus E Zimmermann and Nicolas Salamin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:212

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    Red deer (Cervus elaphus) have been an important human resource for millennia, experiencing intensive human influence through habitat alterations, hunting and translocation of animals. In this study we investigat...

    Authors: Jørgen Rosvold, Knut H Røed, Anne Karin Hufthammer, Reidar Andersen and Hans K Stenøien

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:191

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    In food-deceptive orchids of the genera Anacamptis, Neotinea and Orchis floral isolation has been shown to be weak, whereas late-acting reproductive barriers are mostly strong, often restricting hybridization to ...

    Authors: Hans Jacquemyn, Rein Brys, Olivier Honnay and Isabel Roldán-Ruiz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:178

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    Genetic divergence during speciation with gene flow is heterogeneous across the genome, with some regions exhibiting stronger differentiation than others. Exceptionally differentiated regions are often assumed...

    Authors: Patrik Nosil, Thomas L Parchman, Jeffrey L Feder and Zach Gompert

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:164

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    Four of the five species of Telopea (Proteaceae) are distributed in a latitudinal replacement pattern on the south-eastern Australian mainland. In similar circumstances, a simple allopatric speciation model that ...

    Authors: Maurizio Rossetto, Chris B Allen, Katie AG Thurlby, Peter H Weston and Melita L Milner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:149

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    The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is an important component of the vertebrate immune system and is frequently used to characterise adaptive variation in wild populations due to its co-evolution with p...

    Authors: Alexandra Jansen van Rensburg, Paulette Bloomer, Peter G Ryan and Bengt Hansson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:143

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    Chemically mediated prezygotic barriers to reproduction likely play an important role in speciation. In facultatively sexual monogonont rotifers from the Brachionus plicatilis cryptic species complex, mate recogn...

    Authors: Kristin E Gribble and David B Mark Welch

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:134

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    Hybridisation is presumed to be an important mechanism in plant speciation and a creative evolutionary force often accompanied by polyploidisation and in some cases by apomixis. The Potentilla collina group const...

    Authors: Juraj Paule, Antonia Scherbantin and Christoph Dobeš

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:132

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    A number of studies have measured selection in nature to understand how populations adapt to their environment; however, the temporal dynamics of selection are rarely investigated. The aim of this study was to...

    Authors: Miyako Kodama, Jeffrey J Hard and Kerry A Naish

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:116

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  19. Content type: Review

    The loss of phenotypic characters is a common feature of evolution. Cave organisms provide excellent models for investigating the underlying patterns and processes governing the evolutionary loss of phenotypic...

    Authors: Joshua B Gross

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:105

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    When simple sequence repeats are integrated into functional genes, they can potentially act as evolutionary ‘tuning knobs’, supplying abundant genetic variation with minimal risk of pleiotropic deleterious eff...

    Authors: Marie A Pointer, Jason M Kamilar, Vera Warmuth, Stephen G B Chester, Frédéric Delsuc, Nicholas I Mundy, Robert J Asher and Brenda J Bradley

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:103

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    Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are a group of adapted marine mammals with an enigmatic history of transition from terrestrial to full aquatic habitat and rapid radiation in waters around the world....

    Authors: Tong Shen, Shixia Xu, Xiaohong Wang, Wenhua Yu, Kaiya Zhou and Guang Yang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:39

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    In the laboratory, the Drosophila melanogaster heat shock protein Hsp90 can buffer the phenotypic effects of genetic variation. Laboratory experiments either manipulate Hsp90 activity pharmacologically, or they i...

    Authors: Bing Chen and Andreas Wagner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:25

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    Plasmodium vivax is the most widely distributed human malaria parasite outside of Africa, and its range extends well into the temperate zones. Previous studies provided evidence for vivax population differentiati...

    Authors: Miao Miao, Zhaoqing Yang, Harland Patch, Yaming Huang, Ananias A Escalante and Liwang Cui

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:22

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    In mammals, males typically have shorter lives than females. This difference is thought to be due to behavioural traits which enhance competitive abilities, and hence male reproductive success, but impair surv...

    Authors: Helmut Schaschl, Franz Suchentrunk, David L Morris, Hichem Ben Slimen, Steve Smith and Walter Arnold

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:20

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    Cyclical parthenogenetic water fleas of the genus Daphnia have become a prominent model organism in ecology and evolution. In the past, analyses of their population structure have been limited by the prevailing u...

    Authors: Mingbo Yin, Adam Petrusek, Jaromir Seda and Justyna Wolinska

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:12

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    Cave animals converge evolutionarily on a suite of troglomorphic traits, the best known of which are eyelessness and depigmentation. We studied 11 cave and 10 surface populations of Astyanax mexicanus in order to...

    Authors: Martina Bradic, Peter Beerli, Francisco J García-de León, Sarai Esquivel-Bobadilla and Richard L Borowsky

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:9

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    Species complexes or aggregates consist of a set of closely related species often of different ploidy levels, whose relationships are difficult to reconstruct. The N Hemisphere Achillea millefolium aggregate exhi...

    Authors: Yan-Ping Guo, Shuai-Zhen Wang, Claus Vogl and Friedrich Ehrendorfer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:2

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    Deep-sea hydrothermal vents provide patchy, ephemeral habitats for specialized communities of animals that depend on chemoautotrophic primary production. Unlike eastern Pacific hydrothermal vents, where popula...

    Authors: Andrew D Thaler, Kevin Zelnio, William Saleu, Thomas F Schultz, Jens Carlsson, Clifford Cunningham, Robert C Vrijenhoek and Cindy L Van Dover

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:372

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Local Mate Competition (LMC) theory predicts a female should produce a more female-biased sex ratio if her sons compete with each other for mates. Because it provides quantitative predictions that can be exper...

    Authors: Laurent Keller, Katharina Peer, Christian Bernasconi, Michael Taborsky and David M Shuker

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:359

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Cryptic population structure can be an indicator of incipient speciation or historical processes. We investigated a previously documented deep break in the mitochondrial haplotypes of Heliconius erato chestertoni...

    Authors: Astrid G Muñoz, Simon W Baxter, Mauricio Linares and Chris D Jiggins

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:358

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    The Lysiphlebus fabarum group is a taxonomically poorly resolved complex of aphid parasitoids, presently split into three described species that comprise sexual (arrhenotokous) and asexual (thelytokous) lineages ...

    Authors: Christoph Sandrock, Bettina E Schirrmeister and Christoph Vorburger

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:348

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    Effects of polyploidisation on gene flow between natural populations are little known. Central European diploid and tetraploid populations of Arabidopsis arenosa and A. lyrata are here used to study interspecific...

    Authors: Marte H Jørgensen, Dorothee Ehrich, Roswitha Schmickl, Marcus A Koch and Anne K Brysting

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:346

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    It is a common observation in evolutionary studies that larger, more ornamented or earlier breeding individuals have higher fitness, but that body size, ornamentation or breeding time does not change despite o...

    Authors: Elisabeth Bolund, Holger Schielzeth and Wolfgang Forstmeier

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:327

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the evolution of cultivated barley is important for two reasons. First, the evolutionary relationships between different landraces might provide information on the spread and subsequent developme...

    Authors: Huw Jones, Peter Civáň, James Cockram, Fiona J Leigh, Lydia MJ Smith, Martin K Jones, Michael P Charles, José-Luis Molina-Cano, Wayne Powell, Glynis Jones and Terence A Brown

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:320

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    Routine trichromatic color vision is a characteristic feature of catarrhines (humans, apes and Old World monkeys). This is enabled by L and M opsin genes arrayed on the X chromosome and an autosomal S opsin ge...

    Authors: Tomohide Hiwatashi, Akichika Mikami, Takafumi Katsumura, Bambang Suryobroto, Dyah Perwitasari-Farajallah, Suchinda Malaivijitnond, Boripat Siriaroonrat, Hiroki Oota, Shunji Goto and Shoji Kawamura

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:312

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    Within the Coleoptera, the largest order in the animal kingdom, the exclusively herbivorous Chrysomelidae are recognized as one of the most species rich beetle families. The evolutionary processes that have fu...

    Authors: Matthias Borer, Tom van Noort, Nils Arrigo, Sven Buerki and Nadir Alvarez

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:310

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Divergent natural selection across environmental gradients has been acknowledged as a major driver of population and species divergence, however its role in the diversification of scleractinian corals remains ...

    Authors: Pim Bongaerts, Cynthia Riginos, Kyra B Hay, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Sophie Dove

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:303

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Several mechanistic models aim to explain the diversification of the multitude of endemic species on Madagascar. The island's biogeographic history probably offered numerous opportunities for secondary contact...

    Authors: Andreas Hapke, Mark Gligor, S Jacques Rakotondranary, David Rosenkranz and Oliver Zupke

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:297

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The tropical rain forests (TRF) of Africa are the second largest block of this biome after the Amazon and exhibit high levels of plant endemism and diversity. Two main hypotheses have been advanced to explain ...

    Authors: Thomas LP Couvreur, Holly Porter-Morgan, Jan J Wieringa and Lars W Chatrou

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:296

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Apomixis is an intriguing trait in plants that results in maternal clones through seed reproduction. Apomixis is an elusive, but potentially revolutionary, trait for plant breeding and hybrid seed production. ...

    Authors: Yukio Akiyama, Shailendra Goel, Joann A Conner, Wayne W Hanna, Hitomi Yamada-Akiyama and Peggy Ozias-Akins

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:289

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  41. Content type: Research article

    For millennia, the southern part of the Mesopotamia has been a wetland region generated by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers before flowing into the Gulf. This area has been occupied by human communities since a...

    Authors: Nadia Al-Zahery, Maria Pala, Vincenza Battaglia, Viola Grugni, Mohammed A Hamod, Baharak Hooshiar Kashani, Anna Olivieri, Antonio Torroni, Augusta S Santachiara-Benerecetti and Ornella Semino

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:288

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Extinction and re-colonisation of local populations is common in ephemeral habitats such as temporary streams. In most cases, such population turnover leads to reduced genetic diversity within populations and ...

    Authors: Lisa NS Shama, Karen B Kubow, Jukka Jokela and Christopher T Robinson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:278

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The classical perspective that interspecific hybridization in animals is rare has been changing due to a growing list of empirical examples showing the occurrence of gene flow between closely related species. ...

    Authors: Fernando Sequeira, Davidson Sodré, Nuno Ferrand, José AR Bernardi, Iracilda Sampaio, Horacio Schneider and Marcelo Vallinoto

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:264

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    The second Internal Transcriber Spacer (ITS2) is a fast evolving part of the nuclear-encoded rRNA operon located between the 5.8S and 28S rRNA genes. Based on crossing experiments it has been proposed that eve...

    Authors: Lenka Caisová, Birger Marin and Michael Melkonian

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:262

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Ring species, exemplified by salamanders of the Ensatina eschscholtzii complex, represent a special window into the speciation process because they allow the history of species formation to be traced back in time...

    Authors: Thomas J Devitt, Stuart JE Baird and Craig Moritz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:245

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    The population structure of cyclical parthenogens such as water fleas is strongly influenced by the frequency of alternations between sexual and asexual (parthenogenetic) reproduction, which may differ among p...

    Authors: Eva Hamrová, Joachim Mergeay and Adam Petrusek

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:231

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