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Genetic diversity and distribution of Senegalia senegal (L.) Britton under climate change scenarios in West Africa

: Paul Terwase Lyam, JoaquÂõn Duque-Lazo, Ingo Michalak. Formal analysis: Paul Terwase Lyam, JoaquÂõn Duque-Lazo, Walter Durka, Frank Hauenschild, Ingo Michalak. Funding acquisition: Paul Terwase Lyam ... , Alexandra Nora Muellner-Riehl. Investigation: Paul Terwase Lyam, JoaquÂõn Duque-Lazo, Walter Durka, Frank Hauenschild, Jan Schnitzler, Ingo Michalak, Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe, Alexandra Nora MuellnerRiehl

Living in Heterogeneous Woodlands – Are Habitat Continuity or Quality Drivers of Genetic Variability in a Flightless Ground Beetle?

Although genetic diversity is one of the key components of biodiversity, its drivers are still not fully understood. While it is known that genetic diversity is affected both by environmental parameters as well as habitat history, these factors are not often tested together. Therefore, we analyzed 14 microsatellite loci in Abax parallelepipedus, a flightless, forest dwelling...

Does Land-Use Intensification Decrease Plant Phylogenetic Diversity in Local Grasslands?

Phylogenetic diversity (PD) has been successfully used as a complement to classical measures of biological diversity such as species richness or functional diversity. By considering the phylogenetic history of species, PD broadly summarizes the trait space within a community. This covers amongst others complex physiological or biochemical traits that are often not considered in...

Wolbachia Infections Mimic Cryptic Speciation in Two Parasitic Butterfly Species, Phengaris teleius and P. nausithous (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)

Deep mitochondrial divergence within species may result from cryptic speciation, from phylogeographic isolation or from endosymbiotic bacteria like Wolbachia that manipulate host reproduction. Phengaris butterflies are social parasites that spend most of their life in close relationship with ants. Previously, cryptic speciation has been hypothesised for two Phengaris species...

Isolation by Elevation: Genetic Structure at Neutral and Putatively Non-Neutral Loci in a Dominant Tree of Subtropical Forests, Castanopsis eyrei

Background The distribution of genetic diversity among plant populations growing along elevational gradients can be affected by neutral as well as selective processes. Molecular markers used to study these patterns usually target neutral processes only, but may also be affected by selection. In this study, the effects of elevation and successional stage on genetic diversity of a...

Mitochondrial Genomes Reveal Slow Rates of Molecular Evolution and the Timing of Speciation in Beavers (Castor), One of the Largest Rodent Species

Background Beavers are one of the largest and ecologically most distinct rodent species. Little is known about their evolution and even their closest phylogenetic relatives have not yet been identified with certainty. Similarly, little is known about the timing of divergence events within the genus Castor. Methodology/Principal Findings We sequenced complete mitochondrial genomes...