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The Revised Classification of Eukaryotes
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This revision of the classification of eukaryotes retains an emphasis on the protists and incorporates changes since 2005 that have resolved nodes and branches in phylogenetic trees.
Eukaryotic plankton diversity in the sunlit ocean
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Diversity emerged at all taxonomic levels, both within the groups comprising the ~11,200 cataloged morphospecies of eukaryotic plankton and among twice as many other deep-branching lineages of unappreciated importance in plankton ecology studies.
A common red algal origin of the apicomplexan, dinoflagellate, and heterokont plastids
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These findings support a relatively simple path of linear descent for the evolution of photosynthesis in a large proportion of algae and emphasize plastid loss in several lineages (e.g., ciliates, Cryptosporidium, and Phytophthora).
Adaptations of Trypanosoma brucei to gradual loss of kinetoplast DNA: Trypanosoma equiperdum and Trypanosoma evansi are petite mutants of T. brucei
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It is shown that both species are actually strains of T. brucei equiperdum and T. evansi, which lost part (Dk) or all (Ak) of their kDNA, and these trypanosomes are not monophyletic clades and do not qualify for species status.
Evolutionary and geographical history of the Leishmania donovani complex with a revision of current taxonomy
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A new taxonomy is proposed, in which Leishmania infantum and L.Donovani are the only recognized species of the L. donovani complex, and an evolutionary hypothesis for the origin and dispersal of the species is presented.
CBOL Protist Working Group: Barcoding Eukaryotic Richness beyond the Animal, Plant, and Fungal Kingdoms
A group of protist experts proposes a two-step DNA barcoding approach, comprising a universal eukaryotic pre-barcode followed by group-specific barcodes, to unveil the hidden biodiversity of
Kinetoplast DNA Network: Evolution of an Improbable Structure
Kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) is the most structurally complex mitochondrial DNA in nature. Unique to the single mitochondrion of unicellular flagellates of the order Kinetoplastida, kDNA is best known as a
Chromerid genomes reveal the evolutionary path from photosynthetic algae to obligate intracellular parasites
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Insight is provided into how obligate parasites with diverse life strategies arose from a once free-living phototrophic marine alga, and co-regulated with genes encoding the flagellar apparatus supporting the functional contribution of flagella to the evolution of invasion machinery.
Microsporidia and 'the art of living together'.
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