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Phylogenomic Insights into the Evolution of Stinging Wasps and the Origins of Ants and Bees
Enriching the ant tree of life: enhanced UCE bait set for genome‐scale phylogenetics of ants and other Hymenoptera
The utility of the updated UCE identification and bait design workflow for Hymenoptera is demonstrated, providing evidence that this approach could be applied to any organismal group with available genomic information.
Target enrichment of ultraconserved elements from arthropods provides a genomic perspective on relationships among Hymenoptera
A large set (n = 1510) of ultraconserved elements (UCEs) shared among the insect order Hymenoptera are identified and used to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships spanning very old to very young divergences among hymenopteran lineages with complete support.
Dry habitats were crucibles of domestication in the evolution of agriculture in ants
- M. Branstetter, A. Ješovnik, T. Schultz
- BiologyProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 12 April 2017
This work uses phylogenomic data from ultra-conserved element (UCE) loci to reconstruct the evolutionary history of fungus-farming ants, reduce topological uncertainty, and identify the closest non-fungus-growing ant relative, and suggests that dry habitats favoured the isolation of attine cultivars over the evolutionary time spans necessary for domestication.
Genomes of the Hymenoptera.
Origin and diversification of the cryptic ant genus Stenamma Westwood (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), inferred from multilocus molecular data, biogeography and natural history
- M. Branstetter
- 1 July 2012
Divergence dating and biogeographic reconstruction show that Stenamma is most likely to have originated in the Nearctic at the Eocene–Oligocene boundary (∼35 Ma) and diversified more rapidly at 16 and 8 Ma for the HOC and MAC, respectively.
Agriculturally dominated landscapes reduce bee phylogenetic diversity and pollination services
This study links landscape–mediated changes in the phylogenetic structure of natural communities to the disruption of ecosystem services, which may fail to protect ecosystem functions and the full diversity of life from which they are derived.
Revision of the Middle American clade of the ant genus Stenamma Westwood (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae)
- M. Branstetter
- 24 April 2013
The Middle American clade of Stenamma is revised to recognize 40 species, of which 33 are described as new and several species groups are defined, but the majority of species remain unassigned due to a lack of diagnostic morphological character states for most molecular clades.
Phylogenomic species delimitation and host‐symbiont coevolution in the fungus‐farming ant genus Sericomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): ultraconserved elements (UCEs) resolve a recent radiation
- A. Ješovnik, J. Sosa‐Calvo, Michael W. Lloyd, M. Branstetter, F. Fernández, T. Schultz
- 1 July 2017
The fungal phylogeny confirms that Sericomyrmex fungi are generalized higher‐attine cultivars, interspersed with Trachymyrmex‐associated fungal species, indicating cultivar sharing and horizontal transfer between these two genera.