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Genetic structure and introgression in riparian populations of Populus alba L.

Castiglione, S. ; Cicatelli, A. ; Lupi, R. ; Patrignani, G. ; Fossati, T. ; Brundu, G. ; Sabatti, M. ; Loo, M. van ; Lexer, Christian

In: Plants Biosystems, 2010, vol. 144, no. 3, p. 656-668

White poplar (Populus alba) is a widespread species of the northern hemisphere. Introgressed populations or hybrid zones with the related species of the European aspen (Populus tremula) have been suggested as potential venues for the identification of functionally important variation for germplasm conservation, restoration efforts and tree breeding. Data on the genetic diversity and structure of...

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Adaptive evolution and segregating load contribute to the genomic landscape of divergence in two tree species connected by episodic gene flow

Christe, Camille ; Stölting, Kai N. ; Paris, Margot ; Fraїsse, Christelle ; Bierne, Nicolas ; Lexer, Christian

In: Molecular Ecology, 2017, vol. 26, no. 1, p. 59–76

Speciation often involves repeated episodes of genetic contact between divergent populations before reproductive isolation (RI) is complete. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) holds great promise for unravelling the genomic bases of speciation. We have studied two ecologically divergent, hybridizing species of the ‘model tree’ genus Populus (poplars, aspens, cottonwoods), Populus alba and P....

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Selection against recombinant hybrids maintains reproductive isolation in hybridizing Populus species despite F1 fertility and recurrent gene flow

Christe, Camille ; Stölting, Kai N. ; Bresadola, Luisa ; Fussi, Barbara ; Heinze, Berthold ; Wegmann, Daniel ; Lexer, Christian

In: Molecular Ecology, 2016, p. -

Natural hybrid zones have proven to be precious tools for understanding the origin and maintenance of reproductive isolation (RI) and therefore species. Most available genomic studies of hybrid zones using whole or partial genome resequencing approaches have focused on comparisons of the parental source populations involved in genome admixture, rather than exploring fine-scale patterns of...