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Gene flow and diversification in a species complex of Alcantarea inselberg bromeliads

Lexer, Christian ; Marthaler, Fabienne ; Humbert, Sarah ; Barbará, Thelma ; Harpe, Marylaure de la ; Bossolini, Eligio ; Paris, Margot ; Martinelli, Gustavo ; Versieux, Leonardo M.

In: Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2016, vol. 181, no. 3, p. 505–520

Inselberg-adapted species of bromeliads (Bromeliaceae) have been suggested as model systems for understanding the evolutionary genetics of species complexes and radiations in terrestrial, island-like environments. Bromeliads are particularly suitable for addressing the potential roles of interspecific gene exchange during plant speciation and radiation. We have studied populations of five...

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A novel bioinformatics pipeline to discover genes related to arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis based on their evolutionary conservation pattern among higher plants

Favre, Patrick ; Bapaume, Laure ; Bossolini, Eligio ; Delorenzi, Mauro ; Falquet, Laurent ; Reinhardt, Didier

In: BMC Plant Biology, 2014, vol. 14, no. 1, p. 333

Genes involved in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis have been identified primarily by mutant screens, followed by identification of the mutated genes (forward genetics). In addition, a number of AM-related genes has been identified by their AM-related expression patterns, and their function has subsequently been elucidated by knock-down or knock-out approaches (reverse genetics). However,...

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Genomics of the divergence continuum in an African plant biodiversity hotspot, I: drivers of population divergence in Restio capensis (Restionaceae)

Lexer, Lexer ; Wüest, R. O. ; Mangili, Sophia ; Heuertz, M. ; Stölting, Kai N. ; Pearman, Peter B. ; Forest, Félix ; Salamin, Nicolas ; Zimmermann, Niklaus E. ; Bossolini, Eligio

In: Molecular Ecology, 2014, vol. 23, no. 17, p. 4373–4386

Understanding the drivers of population divergence, speciation and species persistence is of great interest to molecular ecology, especially for species-rich radiations inhabiting the world's biodiversity hotspots. The toolbox of population genomics holds great promise for addressing these key issues, especially if genomic data are analysed within a spatially and ecologically explicit...

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‘Next generation’ biogeography: towards understanding the drivers of species diversification and persistence

Lexer, Christian ; Mangili, Sofia ; Bossolini, Eligio ; Forest, Felix ; Stölting, Kai N. ; Pearman, Peter B. ; Zimmermann, Niklaus E. ; Salamin, Nicolas

In: Journal of Biogeography, 2013, p. -

The drivers of species diversification and persistence are of great interest to current biogeography, especially in those global biodiversity ‘hotspots’ harbouring most of Earth's animal and plant life. Classical multispecies biogeographical work has yielded fascinating insights into broad-scale patterns of diversification, and DNA-based intraspecific phylogeographical studies have started to...

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High resolution linkage maps of the model organism Petunia reveal substantial synteny decay with the related genome of tomato

Bossolini, Eligio ; Klahre, Ulrich ; Brandenburg, Anna ; Reinhardt, Didier ; Kuhlemeier, Cris

In: Genome, 2011, vol. 54, p. 327-340

Two linkage maps were constructed for the model plant Petunia. Mapping populations were obtained by crossing the wild species Petunia axillaris subsp. axillaris with Petunia inflata, and Petunia axillaris subsp. parodii with Petunia exserta. Both maps cover the seven chromosomes of Petunia, and span 970 centimorgans (cM) and 700 cM of the genomes, respectively. In total, 207 markers were mapped....

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Phosphate systemically inhibits development of arbuscular mycorrhiza in Petunia hybrida and represses genes involved in mycorrhizal functioning

Breuillin, Florence ; Schramm, Jonathan ; Hajirezaei, Mohammad ; Ahkami, Amir ; Favre, Patrick ; Druege, Uwe ; Hause, Bettina ; Bucher, Marcel ; Kretzschmar, Tobias ; Bossolini, Eligio ; Kuhlemeier, Cris ; Martinoia, Enrico ; Franken, Philipp ; Scholz, Uwe ; Reinhardt, Didier

In: The Plant Journal, 2010, p. -

Most terrestrial plants form arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM), mutualistic associations with soil fungi of the order Glomeromycota. The obligate biotrophic fungi trade mineral nutrients, mainly phosphate (Pi), for carbohydrates from the plants. Under conditions of high exogenous phosphate supply, when the plant can meet its own P requirements without the fungus, AM are suppressed,...