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Founder effects drive the genetic structure of passively dispersed aquatic invertebrates (2018)
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Montero-Pau, J., Gomez, A., & Serra, M. (2018). Founder effects drive the genetic structure of passively dispersed aquatic invertebrates. PeerJ, 6(12), doi:10.7717/peerj.6094

Populations of passively dispersed organisms in continental aquatic habitats typically show high levels of neutral genetic differentiation despite their high dispersal capabilities. Several evolutionary factors, including founder events, local adapta... Read More

Genomic signatures of local adaptation to the degree of environmental predictability in rotifers (2018)
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Franch-Gras, L., Hahn, C., García-Roger, E. M., Carmona, M. J., Serra, M., & Gómez, A. (2018). Genomic signatures of local adaptation to the degree of environmental predictability in rotifers. Scientific reports, 8(1), doi:10.1038/s41598-018-34188-y

Environmental fuctuations are ubiquitous and thus essential for the study of adaptation. Despite this, genome evolution in response to environmental fuctuations —and more specifcally to the degree of environmental predictability– is still unknown. Sa... Read More

Mu-DNA: a modular universal DNA extraction method adaptable for a wide range of sample types (2018)
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Sellers, G. S., Di Muri, C., Gómez, A., & Hänfling, B. (2018). Mu-DNA: a modular universal DNA extraction method adaptable for a wide range of sample types. Metabarcoding and Metagenomics, 2, (e24556). doi:10.3897/mbmg.2.24556. ISSN 2534-9708

Efficient DNA extraction is fundamental to molecular studies. However, commercial kits are expensive when a large number of samples need to be processed. Here we present a simple, modular and adaptable DNA extraction ‘toolkit’ for the isolation of hi... Read More

Barcoding rotifer biodiversity in Mediterranean ponds using diapausing egg banks (2017)
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Moreno, E., Conde-Porcuna, J. M., & Gómez, A. (2017). Barcoding rotifer biodiversity in Mediterranean ponds using diapausing egg banks. Ecology and Evolution, 7(13), 4855-4867. doi:10.1002/ece3.2986

The biodiversity of Mediterranean freshwater bodies is among the most threatened worldwide; therefore, its accurate estimation is an urgent issue. However, traditional methods are likely to underestimate freshwater zooplankton biodiversity due to its... Read More

A new molecular diagnostic tool for surveying and monitoring Triops cancriformis populations (2017)
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Sellers, G. S., Griffin, L. R., Hänfling, B., & Gómez, A. (2017). A new molecular diagnostic tool for surveying and monitoring Triops cancriformis populations. PeerJ, 2017(5), doi:10.7717/peerj.3228

© 2017 Sellers et al. The tadpole shrimp, Triops cancriformis, is a freshwater crustacean listed as endangered in the UK and Europe living in ephemeral pools. Populations are threatened by habitat destruction due to land development for agriculture a... Read More

Isolation mediates persistent founder effects on zooplankton colonisation in new temporary ponds (2017)
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Badosa, A., Frisch, D., Green, A. J., Rico, C., & Gómez, A. (2017). Isolation mediates persistent founder effects on zooplankton colonisation in new temporary ponds. Scientific reports, 7, doi:10.1038/srep43983. ISSN 2045-2322

Understanding the colonisation process in zooplankton is crucial for successful restoration of aquatic ecosystems. Here, we analyzed the clonal and genetic structure of the cyclical parthenogenetic rotifer Brachionus plicatilis by following populatio... Read More

Diapausing egg banks, lake size, and genetic diversity in the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis Müller (Rotifera, Monogononta) (2016)
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Montero-Pau, J., Serra, M., & Gómez, A. (2017). Diapausing egg banks, lake size, and genetic diversity in the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis Müller (Rotifera, Monogononta). Hydrobiologia, 796(1), (77-91). doi:10.1007/s10750-016-2833-4. ISSN 0018-8158

Diapausing egg banks are reservoirs of ecological and genetic diversity in continental zooplankton. However, although habitat size has often been used as a proxy for population size, the relationship between the size of diapausing egg banks and genet... Read More

Transition in sexual system and sex chromosome evolution in the tadpole shrimp Triops cancriformis (2015)
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Mathers, T. C., Hammond, R. L., Jenner, R., Hänfling, B., Atkins, J., & Gómez, A. (2015). Transition in sexual system and sex chromosome evolution in the tadpole shrimp Triops cancriformis. Heredity, 115(1), 37-46. doi:10.1038/hdy.2015.10

© 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved. Transitions in sexual system and reproductive mode may affect the course of sex chromosome evolution, for instance by altering the strength of sexually antagonistic selection. However, there ha... Read More

Laboratory generation of new parthenogenetic lineages supports contagious parthenogenesis in Artemia (2014)
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Maccari, M., Amat, F., Hontoria, F., & Gómez, A. (2014). Laboratory generation of new parthenogenetic lineages supports contagious parthenogenesis in Artemia. PeerJ, 2014(1), doi:10.7717/peerj.439. ISSN 2167-8359

Contagious parthenogenesis-a process involving rare functional males produced by a parthenogenetic lineage which mate with coexisting sexual females resulting in fertile parthenogenetic offspring-is one of the most striking mechanisms responsible for... Read More

Origin and genetic diversity of diploid parthenogenetic Artemia in Eurasia (2013)
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Maccari, M., Amat, F., & Gómez, A. (2013). Origin and genetic diversity of diploid parthenogenetic Artemia in Eurasia. PloS one, 8(12), (e83348). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083348. ISSN 1932-6203

There is wide interest in understanding how genetic diversity is generated and maintained in parthenogenetic lineages, as it will help clarify the debate of the evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction. There are three mechanisms that can be... Read More

Functional rare males in diploid parthenogenetic Artemia (2013)
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Maccari, M., Gómez, A., Hontoria, F., & Amat, F. (2013). Functional rare males in diploid parthenogenetic Artemia. Journal of evolutionary biology, 26(9), (1934-1948). doi:10.1111/jeb.12191. ISSN 1010-061X

Functional males that are produced occasionally in some asexual taxa - called 'rare males' - raise considerable evolutionary interest, as they might be involved in the origin of new parthenogenetic lineages. Diploid parthenogenetic Artemia produce ra... Read More

Multiple global radiations in tadpole shrimps challenge the concept of 'living fossils' (2013)
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Mathers, T. C., Hammond, R. L., Jenner, R. A., Hänfling, B., & Gomez, A. (2013). Multiple global radiations in tadpole shrimps challenge the concept of 'living fossils'. PeerJ, 1, e62. doi:10.7717/peerj.62

‘Living fossils’, a phrase first coined by Darwin, are defined as species with limited recent diversification and high morphological stasis over long periods of evolutionary time. Morphological stasis, however, can potentially lead to div... Read More

High lability of sexual system over 250 million years of evolution in morphologically conservative tadpole shrimps (2013)
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Mathers, T. C., Jenner, R. A., Zierold, T., Hammond, R. L., Hänfling, B., & Gomez, A. (2013). High lability of sexual system over 250 million years of evolution in morphologically conservative tadpole shrimps. BMC evolutionary biology, 13(1), (30). doi:10.1186/1471-2148-13-30. ISSN 1471-2148

Background Sexual system is a key factor affecting the genetic diversity, population structure, genome structure and the evolutionary potential of species. The sexual system androdioecy – where males and hermaphrodites coexist in populations – is ext... Read More

Widespread secondary contact and new glacial refugia in the Halophilic Rotifer Brachionus Plicatilis in the Iberian Peninsula (2011)
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Campillo, S., Serra, M., Carmona, M. J., & Gómez, A. (2011). Widespread secondary contact and new glacial refugia in the Halophilic Rotifer Brachionus Plicatilis in the Iberian Peninsula. PloS one, 6(6), e20986. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020986

Small aquatic organisms harbour deep phylogeographic patterns and highly structured populations even at local scales. These patterns indicate restricted gene flow, despite these organisms' high dispersal abilities, and have been explained by a combin... Read More

Long-term coexistence of rotifer cryptic species (2011)
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Montero-Pau, J., Ramos-Rodríguez, E., Serra, M., & Gómez, A. (2011). Long-term coexistence of rotifer cryptic species. PloS one, 6(6), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021530. ISSN 1932-6203

Despite their high morphological similarity, cryptic species often coexist in aquatic habitats presenting a challenge in the framework of niche differentiation theory and coexistence mechanisms. Here we use a rotifer species complex inhabiting highly... Read More

Development of genomic resources for the phylogenetic analysis of the Brachionus plicatilis species complex (Rotifera: Monogononta) (2010)
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Montero-Pau, J., & Gómez, A. (2011). Development of genomic resources for the phylogenetic analysis of the Brachionus plicatilis species complex (Rotifera: Monogononta). Hydrobiologia, 662(1), (43-50). doi:10.1007/s10750-010-0485-3. ISSN 0018-8158

There has been a substantial leap forward in the quantity and quality of genomic resources available for research on rotifers in recent years. We used available genomic and bioinformatics resources to identify variable regions of the genome to design... Read More

Evolutionary origin and phylogeography of the diploid obligate parthenogen Artemia parthenogenetica (Branchiopoda: Anostraca) (2010)
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Muñoz, J., Gomez, A., Green, A. J., Figuerola, J., Amat, F., & Rico, C. (2010). Evolutionary origin and phylogeography of the diploid obligate parthenogen Artemia parthenogenetica (Branchiopoda: Anostraca). PloS one, 5(8), e11932. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011932

Background: Understanding the evolutionary origin and the phylogeographic patterns of asexual taxa can shed light on the origin and maintenance of sexual reproduction. We assessed the geographic origin, genetic diversity, and phylogeographic history... Read More