An evaluation of new parsimony‐based versus parametric inference methods in biogeography: a case study using the globally distributed plant family Sapindaceae
- S. Buerki, F. Forest, N. Alvarez, J. Nylander, N. Arrigo, I. Sanmartín
- Environmental Science, Geography
- 1 March 2011
A parametric method, dispersal–extinction–cladogenesis (DEC), is compared against a parsimony‐based method, disperseal–vicariance analysis (DIVA), which does not incorporate branch lengths but accounts for phylogenetic uncertainty through a Bayesian empirical approach (Bayes‐DIVA).
Spatio‐temporal history of the endemic genera of Madagascar
- S. Buerki, Dion S. Devey, M. Callmander, P. Phillipson, F. Forest
- Environmental Science
- 1 February 2013
An Eocene/Oligocene onset for the origin of the Madagascan generic endemic flora, with the majority arising in the Miocene or more recently is supported, de-emphasize the importance of the Gondwanan break-up on the evolution of the flora.
Plastid and nuclear DNA markers reveal intricate relationships at subfamilial and tribal levels in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae).
- S. Buerki, F. Forest, N. Alvarez
- BiologyMolecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
- 1 May 2009
Genetic structure and evolution of Alpine polyploid complexes: Ranunculus kuepferi (Ranunculaceae) as a case study
- J. Burnier, S. Buerki, N. Arrigo, P. Küpfer, N. Alvarez
- BiologyMolecular Ecology
- 1 September 2009
This study shows the contrasting role played by diploid lineages mostly restricted to persistent refugia and by tetraploids, whose dispersal abilities have permitted their range extension all over the previously glaciated Alpine area and throughout neighbouring mountain massifs.
Reconstructing the evolution and biogeographic history of tribe Cardueae (Compositae).
- L. Barres, I. Sanmartín, R. Vilatersana
- BiologyAmerican-Eurasian journal of botany
- 1 May 2013
Most diversification events within Cardueae are related to the continuous cycles of area connection and division between the Anatolian microplate and the western Mediterranean Basin during the Oligocene-Miocene and with the uplift of the Himalayan range from the Miocene onward.
Tiptoe through the tulips - cultural history, molecular phylogenetics and classification of Tulipa (Liliaceae)
- M. Christenhusz, R. Govaerts, M. Fay
- 1 July 2013
The phylogenetic relationships in the genus Tulipa were investigated using DNA sequences from five plastid regions and the internal transcribed spacer region of nuclear ribosomal DNA and the results suggest that section Clusianae should be excluded from subgenus TulipA and accepted at subgeneric rank.
Evolutionary history and leaf succulence as explanations for medicinal use in aloes and the global popularity of Aloe vera
- O. M. Grace, S. Buerki, N. Rønsted
- BiologyBMC Evolutionary Biology
- 26 February 2015
Well-developed succulent leaf mesophyll tissue, an adaptive feature that likely contributed to the ecological success of the genus Aloe, is the main predictor for medicinal use among Aloe species, whereas evolutionary loss of succulence tends to be associated with losses of medicinal use.
Phylogeny and circumscription of Sapindaceae revisited: molecular sequence data, morphology and biogeography support recognition of a new family, Xanthoceraceae.
- S. Buerki, P. Lowry, N. Alvarez, S. Razafimandimbison, P. Küpfer, M. Callmander
- 8 September 2010
The relationships of Xanthoceras are clarified based on phylogenetic analyses using a dataset encompassing nearly 3/4 of sapindaceous genera, comparing the results with information from morphology and biogeography, and support earlier suggestions that Harpullieae are polyphyletic.
Origin and expansion of the allotetraploid Aegilops geniculata, a wild relative of wheat.
- N. Arrigo, F. Felber, R. Guadagnuolo
- Environmental Science, BiologyNew Phytologist
- 1 September 2010
It is shown that the evolutionary trajectories of ruderal plants can be similar to those of wild species, but are interfered by human activities, promoting range expansions through increased long-distance dispersal and the creation of suitable habitats, and human-mediated dispersal resulting in substantial introgression between resident and migrant populations.
Contrasting Biogeographic and Diversification Patterns in Two Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems
- S. Buerki, Sarah Jose, S. Yadav, P. Goldblatt, J. Manning, F. Forest
- Environmental SciencePLoS ONE
- 20 June 2012
Using state-of-the-art methods in biogeography and diversification, it is found that the Old World members of the family Hyacinthaceae originated in sub-Saharan Africa at the Paleocene–Eocene boundary and that the two Mediterranean regions both have high diversification rates, but contrasting biogeographic histories.