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Bacterial gut symbionts are tightly linked with the evolution of herbivory in ants
- J. Russell, C. Moreau, Benjamin Goldman-Huertas, Mikiko K. Fujiwara, David J. Lohman, N. Pierce
- Environmental Science, BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 15 December 2009
The hypothesis that bacteria have facilitated convergent evolution of herbivory across the ants is supported, further implicating symbiosis as a major force in ant evolution.
Phylogeny and palaeoecology of Polyommatus blue butterflies show Beringia was a climate-regulated gateway to the New World
- R. Vilà, C. Bell, N. Pierce
- Environmental Science, GeographyProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 26 January 2011
It is found that climatic conditions in Beringia acted as a decisive filter in determining which taxa crossed into the New World during five separate invasions over the past 11 Myr, and a marked effect of the Miocene–Pleistocene global cooling is revealed.
Specialization and Geographic Isolation Among Wolbachia Symbionts from Ants and Lycaenid Butterflies
- J. Russell, Benjamin Goldman-Huertas, N. Pierce
- BiologyEvolution; international journal of organic…
- 1 March 2009
It is concluded that both geographic and phylogenetic barriers have promoted evolutionary divergence among these influential symbionts, providing the broadest and strongest evidence to date for Wolbachia specialization.
Asynchronous Diversification in a Specialized Plant-Pollinator Mutualism
It is shown that fragrance-producing orchids originated at least three times independently after their fragrance-collecting bee mutualists, suggesting that the diversification of insect-pollinated angiosperms may have been facilitated by the exploitation of preexisting sensory biases of insect pollinators.
Army Ants Harbor a Host-Specific Clade of Entomoplasmatales Bacteria
- Colin F. Funaro, D. Kronauer, C. Moreau, Benjamin Goldman-Huertas, N. Pierce, J. Russell
- BiologyApplied and Environmental Microbiology
- 12 November 2010
The findings indicate that the Entomoplasmatales are not essential for growth or development, but molecular analyses suggest that this relationship is host specific and potentially ancient.
Evolution of herbivory in Drosophilidae linked to loss of behaviors, antennal responses, odorant receptors, and ancestral diet
- Benjamin Goldman-Huertas, R. Mitchell, Richard T. Lapoint, Cécile P. Faucher, J. Hildebrand, N. Whiteman
- BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 26 January 2015
Herbivorous flies in the genus Scaptomyza (Drosophilidae) are compelling species in which to study the genomic architecture linked to the transition to herbivory because they recently evolved from microbe-feeding ancestors and are closely related to Drosophila melanogaster.
A Veritable Menagerie of Heritable Bacteria from Ants, Butterflies, and Beyond: Broad Molecular Surveys and a Systematic Review
It is shown that Wolbachia are the dominant heritable symbionts of ants and at least some lepidopterans, however, a systematic review of symbiont frequencies across host taxa revealed that this is not always the case across other arthropods.
Phylogenetics and Diversification of Syringa Inferred from Nuclear and Plastid DNA Sequences
DNA sequences of two nuclear and five plastid regions are used to better resolve phylogenetic relationships of Syringa and Ligustrum and support the derivation of LigUSTrum from within SyringA, thus the paraphyly of Syringsa is supported.
Single – Base Pair Unwinding and Asynchronous RNA Release by the Hepatitis C Virus NS 3 Helicase
This work has been supported by the Natural Environment Research Council, the University of East Anglia, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.