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Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide: The Importance of Enemies and Apparency in Adaptation to Harsh Soil Environments
Bare, simplified searching environments, often associated with sparsely vegetated harsh soils, may cause both plant and animal inhabitants to be apparent and conspicuous. “Apparency” has been a keyExpand
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Occupation of bare habitats, an evolutionary precursor to soil specialization in plants
  • N. Cacho, S. Strauss
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 29 September 2014
Significance Integrating molecular phylogenies with clade-wide ecological data is expanding our ability to address classic ecological questions, such as the origins and maintenance of plant soilExpand
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Macroevolutionary patterns of glucosinolate defense and tests of defense-escalation and resource availability hypotheses.
We explored macroevolutionary patterns of plant chemical defense in Streptanthus (Brassicaceae), tested for evolutionary escalation of defense, as predicted by Ehrlich and Raven's plant-herbivoreExpand
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Are spurred cyathia a key innovation? Molecular systematics and trait evolution in the slipper spurges (Pedilanthus clade: Euphorbia, Euphorbiaceae).
The study of traits that play a key role in promoting diversification is central to evolutionary biology. Floral nectar spurs are among the few plant traits that correlate with an enhanced rate ofExpand
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Nonlinear Selection and a Blend of Convergent, Divergent and Parallel Evolution Shapes Natural Variation in Glucosinolates
Abstract The molecular mechanisms underlying organismal fitness in complex environments is just beginning to be illuminated. One of the pre-eminent model systems that span the molecular to fieldExpand
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Convergent Vessel Diameter–Stem Diameter Scaling across Five Clades of New and Old World Eudicots from Desert to Rain Forest
Premise of research. Variation in average xylem vessel diameter across species has important functional consequences, but the causes of this variation remain unclear. Average vessel diameter is knownExpand
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Use of herbarium data to evaluate weediness in five congeners
A weed or not a weed? Many plant species grow somewhere on the continuum from undisturbed to very disturbed vegetation. Deciding on the degree of weediness is not an easy task, and often based onlyExpand
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Is LEAFY a useful marker gene for the flower–inflorescence boundary in the Euphorbia cyathium?
The flower-like reproductive structure of Euphorbia s.l. (Euphorbiaceae) is widely believed to have evolved from an inflorescence, and is therefore interpreted as a special type of pseudanthium,Expand
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The Caribbean slipper spurge Euphorbia tithymaloides: the first example of a ring species in plants
  • N. Cacho, D. Baum
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 7 September 2012
A ring species arises when a parental population expands around an area of unsuitable habitat in such a way that when the two fronts meet they behave as distinct species while still being connectedExpand
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Extinction threat in the Pedilanthus clade (Euphorbia, Euphorbiaceae), with special reference to the recently rediscovered E. conzattii (P. pulchellus).
The type locality of the slipper spurge Euphorbia conzattii has been in doubt because the 1917 type is a mixed collection with vague label data. In recent field work, the species was found on CerroExpand
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