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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

    We studied patterns of molecular adaptation in the wild Mediterranean legume Medicago truncatula. We focused on two phenotypic traits that are not functionally linked: flowering time and perception of symbiotic m...

    Authors: Stéphane De Mita, Nathalie Chantret, Karine Loridon, Joëlle Ronfort and Thomas Bataillon

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:229

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    Ecological specializations such as antipredator defense can reinforce morphological and distributional divergence within hybridizing species. Two hybridizing species of Daphnia (D. galeata and D. dentifera) are d...

    Authors: Seiji Ishida, Akiko Takahashi, Noe Matsushima, Jun Yokoyama, Wataru Makino, Jotaro Urabe and Masakado Kawata

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:209

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    Fragmentation of terrestrial ecosystems has had detrimental effects on metapopulations of habitat specialists. Maculinea butterflies have been particularly affected because of their specialized lifecycles, requir...

    Authors: Line V Ugelvig, Per S Nielsen, Jacobus J Boomsma and David R Nash

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:201

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    DNA-based studies have demonstrated that avian genetic mating systems vary widely, with many species deviating from long-assumed monogamy by practicing extra-pair paternity and conspecific brood parasitism. Co...

    Authors: Carolina I Miño, Michael A Russello, Priscila F Mussi Gonçalves and Silvia N Del Lama

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:196

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    Reproductive isolation (RI) is widely accepted as an important "check point" in the diversification process, since it defines irreversible evolutionary trajectories. Much less consensus exists about the proces...

    Authors: Ricardo J Pereira, William B Monahan and David B Wake

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:194

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    Phenotypic similarities among cave-dwelling animals displaying troglomorphic characters (e.g. reduced eyes and lack of pigmentation) have induced a long-term discussion about the forces driving convergent evol...

    Authors: Luise Kruckenhauser, Elisabeth Haring, Robert Seemann and Helmut Sattmann

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:172

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    The cosmopolitan freshwater snail Physa acuta has recently found widespread use as a model organism for the study of mating systems and reproductive allocation. Mitochondrial DNA phylogenies suggest that Physa ca...

    Authors: Robert T Dillon Jr, Amy R Wethington and Charles Lydeard

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:144

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    Genes at the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are known for high levels of polymorphism maintained by balancing selection. In small or bottlenecked populations, however, genetic drift may be strong enoug...

    Authors: Jennifer L Bollmer, Joshua M Hull, Holly B Ernest, José H Sarasola and Patricia G Parker

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:143

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    Ecological character displacement is a process of phenotypic differentiation of sympatric populations caused by interspecific competition. Such differentiation could facilitate speciation by enhancing reproduc...

    Authors: Radka Reifová, Jiří Reif, Marcin Antczak and Michael W Nachman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:138

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    Factors and processes shaping the population structure and spatial distribution of genetic diversity across a species' distribution range are important in determining the range limits. We comprehensively analy...

    Authors: Markus Pfenninger, Moritz Salinger, Timm Haun and Barbara Feldmeyer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:135

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    Inter-population distance and differences in breeding times are barriers to reproduction that can contribute to genotypic differentiation between populations. Temporal changes in environmental conditions and l...

    Authors: Maurizio Rossetto, Katie AG Thurlby, Catherine A Offord, Chris B Allen and Peter H Weston

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:126

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    Both natural and sexual selection are thought to influence genetic diversity, but the study of the relative importance of these two factors on ecologically-relevant traits has traditionally focused on species ...

    Authors: Angela Bahr and Anthony B Wilson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:121

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    Divergence within cis-regulatory sequences may contribute to the adaptive evolution of gene expression, but functional alleles in these regions are difficult to identify without abundant genomic resources. Among ...

    Authors: Kelly E O'Quin, Daniel Smith, Zan Naseer, Jane Schulte, Samuel D Engel, Yong-Hwee E Loh, J Todd Streelman, Jeffrey L Boore and Karen L Carleton

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:120

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    The reproductive ground plan hypothesis of social evolution suggests that reproductive controls of a solitary ancestor have been co-opted during social evolution, facilitating the division of labor among socia...

    Authors: Allie M Graham, Michael D Munday, Osman Kaftanoglu, Robert E Page Jr, Gro V Amdam and Olav Rueppell

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:95

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    Human activities, such as agriculture, hunting, and habitat modification, exert a significant effect on native species. Although many species have suffered population declines, increased population fragmentati...

    Authors: Amy L Russell, Murray P Cox, Veronica A Brown and Gary F McCracken

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:88

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    Figs and fig-pollinating wasp species usually display a highly specific one-to-one association. However, more and more studies have revealed that the "one-to-one" rule has been broken. Co-pollinators have been...

    Authors: Xiao-Jing Sun, Jin-Hua Xiao, James M Cook, Gui Feng and Da-Wei Huang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:86

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    The study of speciation in the marine realm is challenging because of the apparent absence of physical barriers to dispersal, which are one of the main drivers of genetic diversity. Although phylogeographic st...

    Authors: Kang-Ning Shen, Brian Wade Jamandre, Chih-Chieh Hsu, Wann-Nian Tzeng and Jean-Dominique Durand

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:83

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    PCR-based surveys have shown that guppies (Poecilia reticulata) have an unusually large visual-opsin gene repertoire. This has led to speculation that opsin duplication and divergence has enhanced the evolution o...

    Authors: Christopher RJ Laver and John S Taylor

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:81

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    Widely distributed species with populations adapted to different environmental conditions can provide valuable opportunities for tracing the onset of reproductive incompatibilities and their role in the specia...

    Authors: Jackson H Jennings, Dominique Mazzi, Michael G Ritchie and Anneli Hoikkala

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:68

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    Females can potentially assess the quality of potential mates using their secondary sexual traits, and obtain "good genes" that increase offspring fitness. Another potential indirect benefit from mating prefer...

    Authors: Matteo Griggio, Clotilde Biard, Dustin J Penn and Herbert Hoi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:44

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    Hybridization or divergence between sympatric sister species provides a natural laboratory to study speciation processes. The shared polymorphism in sister species may either be ancestral or derive from hybrid...

    Authors: Yann Moalic, Sophie Arnaud-Haond, Cécile Perrin, Gareth A Pearson and Ester A Serrao

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:33

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    It has been established that mammalian egg zona pellucida (ZP) glycoproteins are responsible for species-restricted binding of sperm to unfertilized eggs, inducing the sperm acrosome reaction, and preventing p...

    Authors: Shanyuan Chen, Vânia Costa and Albano Beja-Pereira

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:24

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