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Identification of individual root-knot nematodes using low coverage long-read sequencing (2021)
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Sellers, G. S., Jeffares, D. C., Lawson, B., Prior, T., & Lunt, D. H. (2021). Identification of individual root-knot nematodes using low coverage long-read sequencing. PLoS ONE, 16(12), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0253248

Root-knot nematodes (RKN; genus Meloidogyne) are polyphagous plant pathogens of great economic importance to agriculturalists globally. These species are small, diverse, and can be challenging for accurate taxonomic identification. Many of the most i... Read More about Identification of individual root-knot nematodes using low coverage long-read sequencing.

The Genomic Substrate for Adaptive Radiation: Copy Number Variation across 12 Tribes of African Cichlid Species (2019)
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Faber-Hammond, J. J., Renn, S. C., Venkatesh, B., Faber-Hammond, J. J., Bezault, E., Lunt, D. H., …Renn, S. C. P. (2019). The Genomic Substrate for Adaptive Radiation: Copy Number Variation across 12 Tribes of African Cichlid Species. Genome Biology and Evolution, 11(10), 2856-2874. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evz185

© 2019 Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 2019. This work is written by US Government employees and is in the public domain in the US. The initial sequencing of five cichlid genomes revea... Read More about The Genomic Substrate for Adaptive Radiation: Copy Number Variation across 12 Tribes of African Cichlid Species.

Climate-warming alters the structure of farmland tri-trophic ecological networks and reduces crop yield (2018)
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Derocles, S. A., Lunt, D. H., Berthe, S. C., Nichols, P. C., Moss, E. D., & Evans, D. M. (2018). Climate-warming alters the structure of farmland tri-trophic ecological networks and reduces crop yield. Molecular ecology, 27(23), 4931-4946. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14903

It is unclear how sustained increases in temperature and changes in precipitation, as a result of climate change, will affect crops and their interactions with agricultural weeds, insect pests and predators, due to the difficulties in quantifying cha... Read More about Climate-warming alters the structure of farmland tri-trophic ecological networks and reduces crop yield.

Construction, validation, and application of nocturnal pollen transport networks in an agro-ecosystem: a comparison using light microscopy and DNA metabarcoding (2018)
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Macgregor, C. J., Kitson, J. J., Fox, R., Hahn, C., Lunt, D. H., Pocock, M. J., & Evans, D. M. (2019). Construction, validation, and application of nocturnal pollen transport networks in an agro-ecosystem: a comparison using light microscopy and DNA metabarcoding. Ecological entomology, 44(1), 17-29. https://doi.org/10.1111/een.12674

1. Moths are globally relevant as pollinators but nocturnal pollination remains poorly understood. Plant–pollinator interaction networks are traditionally constructed using either flower‐visitor observations or pollen‐transport detection using micros... Read More about Construction, validation, and application of nocturnal pollen transport networks in an agro-ecosystem: a comparison using light microscopy and DNA metabarcoding.

Detecting host-parasitoid interactions in an invasive Lepidopteran using nested tagging DNA metabarcoding (2018)
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Kitson, J. J. N., Hahn, C., Sands, R. J., Straw, N. A., Evans, D. M., & Lunt, D. H. (2019). Detecting host-parasitoid interactions in an invasive Lepidopteran using nested tagging DNA metabarcoding. Molecular ecology, 28(2), 471-483. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14518

Determining the host-parasitoid interactions and parasitism rates for invasive species entering novel environments is an important first step in assessing potential routes for biocontrol and integrated pest management. Conventional insect rearing tec... Read More about Detecting host-parasitoid interactions in an invasive Lepidopteran using nested tagging DNA metabarcoding.

Detecting host-parasitoid interactions in an invasive Lepidopteran using nested tagging DNA-metabarcoding (2018)
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Kitson, J. J. N., Hahn, C., Sands, R. J., Straw, N. A., Evans, D. M., & Lunt, D. H. (2019). Detecting host-parasitoid interactions in an invasive Lepidopteran using nested tagging DNA-metabarcoding. Molecular ecology, 28(2), 471-483. https://doi.org/10.1101/035071

Determining the host–parasitoid interactions and parasitism rates for invasive species entering novel environments is an important first step in assessing potential routes for biocontrol and integrated pest management. Conventional insect rearing tec... Read More about Detecting host-parasitoid interactions in an invasive Lepidopteran using nested tagging DNA-metabarcoding.

Comparative genomics of apomictic root-knot nematodes: hybridization, ploidy, and dynamic genome change (2017)
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Szitenberg, A., Salazar-Jaramillo, L., Blok, V. C., Laetsch, D. R., Joseph, S., Williamson, V. M., …Lunt, D. H. (2017). Comparative genomics of apomictic root-knot nematodes: hybridization, ploidy, and dynamic genome change. Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(10), 2844-2861. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evx201

The Root-Knot Nematodes (RKN; genus Meloidogyne) are important plant parasites causing substantial agricultural losses. The Meloidogyne incognita group (MIG) of species, most of which are obligatory apomicts (mitotic parthenogens), are extremely poly... Read More about Comparative genomics of apomictic root-knot nematodes: hybridization, ploidy, and dynamic genome change.

Genetic drift, not life history or RNAi, determine long term evolution of transposable elements (2016)
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Szitenberg, A., Cha, S., Opperman, C. H., Bird, D. M., Blaxter, M. L., & Lunt, D. H. (2016). Genetic drift, not life history or RNAi, determine long term evolution of transposable elements. Genome Biology and Evolution, 8(9), 2964-2978. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evw208

Transposable elements (TEs) are a major source of genome variation across the branches of life. Although TEs may play an adaptive role in their host’s genome, they are more often deleterious, and purifying selection is an important factor controlling... Read More about Genetic drift, not life history or RNAi, determine long term evolution of transposable elements.

Merging DNA metabarcoding and ecological network analysis to understand and build resilient terrestrial ecosystems (2016)
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Evans, D. M., Kitson, J. J. N., Lunt, D. H., Straw, N. A., & Pocock, M. J. O. (2016). Merging DNA metabarcoding and ecological network analysis to understand and build resilient terrestrial ecosystems. Functional ecology, 30(12), 1904-1916. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12659

Summary 1. Significant advances in both mathematical and molecular approaches in ecology offer unprecedented opportunities to describe and understand ecosystem functioning. Ecological networks describe interactions between species, the underlying str... Read More about Merging DNA metabarcoding and ecological network analysis to understand and build resilient terrestrial ecosystems.

Are generalist Aphidiinae (Hym. Braconidae) mostly cryptic species complexes? (2015)
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Derocles, S. A. P., Plantegenest, M., Rasplus, J., Marie, A., Evans, D. M., Lunt, D. H., & Le Ralec, A. (2016). Are generalist Aphidiinae (Hym. Braconidae) mostly cryptic species complexes?. Systematic Entomology, 41(2), 379--391. https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12160

Aphidiinae are mostly composed of specialist parasitoids and the few species described as generalist are suspected to be composed of cryptic specialists, almost indistinguishable based on morphological characteristics. The use of molecular markers ha... Read More about Are generalist Aphidiinae (Hym. Braconidae) mostly cryptic species complexes?.

ReproPhylo: An Environment for Reproducible Phylogenomics (2015)
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Szitenberg, A., John, M., Blaxter, M. L., & Lunt, D. H. (2015). ReproPhylo: An Environment for Reproducible Phylogenomics. PLoS Computational Biology, 11(9), Article ARTN e1004447. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004447

© 2015 Szitenberg et al. The reproducibility of experiments is key to the scientific process, and particularly necessary for accurate reporting of analyses in data-rich fields such as phylogenomics. We present ReproPhylo, a phylogenomic analysis envi... Read More about ReproPhylo: An Environment for Reproducible Phylogenomics.

Simulated climate-warming increases Coleoptera activity-densities and reduces community diversity in a cereal crop (2015)
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Berthe, S. C., Derocles, S. A., Lunt, D. H., Kimball, B. A., & Evans, D. M. (2015). Simulated climate-warming increases Coleoptera activity-densities and reduces community diversity in a cereal crop. Agriculture, ecosystems & environment, 210, 11-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2015.05.001

Abstract Simulated climate-warming experiments have provided important insights into the response of terrestrial ecosystems, but few have examined the impacts on agricultural insects, particularly those associated with the ecosystem service of biolog... Read More about Simulated climate-warming increases Coleoptera activity-densities and reduces community diversity in a cereal crop.

Determining Plant – Leaf Miner – Parasitoid Interactions: A DNA Barcoding Approach (2015)
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Derocles, S. A., Evans, D. M., Nichols, P. C., Evans, S. A., & Lunt, D. H. (2015). Determining Plant – Leaf Miner – Parasitoid Interactions: A DNA Barcoding Approach. PLoS ONE, 10(2), Article e0117872. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0117872

A major challenge in network ecology is to describe the full-range of species interactions in a community to create highly-resolved food-webs. We developed a molecular approach based on DNA full barcoding and mini-barcoding to describe difficult to o... Read More about Determining Plant – Leaf Miner – Parasitoid Interactions: A DNA Barcoding Approach.

The Evolution of Tyrosine-Recombinase Elements in Nematoda (2014)
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Szitenberg, A., Koutsovoulos, G., Blaxter, M. L., & Lunt, D. H. (2014). The Evolution of Tyrosine-Recombinase Elements in Nematoda. PLoS ONE, 9(9), Article e106630. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0106630

Transposable elements can be categorised into DNA and RNA elements based on their mechanism of transposition. Tyrosine recombinase elements (YREs) are relatively rare and poorly understood, despite sharing characteristics with both DNA and RNA elemen... Read More about The Evolution of Tyrosine-Recombinase Elements in Nematoda.

The complex hybrid origins of the root knot nematodes revealed through comparative genomics (2014)
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Lunt, D. H., Kumar, S., Koutsovoulos, G., & Blaxter, M. L. (2014). The complex hybrid origins of the root knot nematodes revealed through comparative genomics. PeerJ, 2014(1), https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.356

Root knot nematodes (RKN) can infect most of the world’s agricultural crop species and are among the most important of all plant pathogens. As yet however we have little understanding of their origins or the genomic basis of their extreme polyp... Read More about The complex hybrid origins of the root knot nematodes revealed through comparative genomics.

Gene duplication in an African cichlid adaptive radiation (2014)
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Machado, H. E., Jui, G., Joyce, D. A., Reilly, C. R. L., Lunt, D. H., & Renn, S. C. (2014). Gene duplication in an African cichlid adaptive radiation. BMC Genomics, 15(1), 161. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2164-15-161

Background Gene duplication is a source of evolutionary innovation and can contribute to the divergence of lineages; however, the relative importance of this process remains to be determined. The explosive divergence of the African cichlid adaptive r... Read More about Gene duplication in an African cichlid adaptive radiation.

Divergence of scent pheromones in allopatric populations of Acanthodactylus boskianus (Squamata: Lacertidae) (2013)
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Khannoon, E. R., Lunt, D. H., Schulz, S., & Hardege, J. (2013). Divergence of scent pheromones in allopatric populations of Acanthodactylus boskianus (Squamata: Lacertidae). Zoological Science, 30(5), (380-385). doi:10.2108/zsj.30.380. ISSN 0289-0003

The evolutionary phenomena associated with divergence in chemical signals between populations of the same species help to understand the process of speciation. Animals detect and react to semiochemicals and pheromones used in communication. Compariso... Read More about Divergence of scent pheromones in allopatric populations of Acanthodactylus boskianus (Squamata: Lacertidae).

Comparative analysis of teleost genome sequences reveals an ancient intron size expansion in the zebrafish lineage (2011)
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Moss, S. P., Joyce, D. A., Humphries, S., Tindall, K. J., & Lunt, D. H. (2011). Comparative analysis of teleost genome sequences reveals an ancient intron size expansion in the zebrafish lineage. Genome Biology and Evolution, 3(1), 1187-1196. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evr090

We have developed a bioinformatics pipeline for the comparative evolutionary analysis of Ensembl genomes and have used it to analyze the introns of the five available teleost fish genomes. We show our pipeline to be a powerful tool for revealing vari... Read More about Comparative analysis of teleost genome sequences reveals an ancient intron size expansion in the zebrafish lineage.

Latitudinal variations in the physiology of marine gammarid amphipods (2011)
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Whiteley, N. M., Rastrick, S. P. S., Lunt, D. H., & Rock, J. (2011). Latitudinal variations in the physiology of marine gammarid amphipods. Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, 400(1-2), 70-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2011.02.027

In order to examine the physiological capabilities of marine invertebrates in their natural environment, a series of physiological measurements were conducted on congeneric amphipod species (Genus Gammarus) distributed along a natural thermal gradien... Read More about Latitudinal variations in the physiology of marine gammarid amphipods.

Repeated colonization and hybridization in Lake Malawi cichlids (2011)
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Joyce, D., Lunt, D. H., Genner, M. J., Turner, G. F., Bills, R., & Seehausen, O. (2011). Repeated colonization and hybridization in Lake Malawi cichlids. Current biology : CB, 21(3), R108-R109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2010.11.029

Through adaptive radiation, ancestral species rapidly diversify into multiple species with different ecological adaptations. The haplochromine cichlid fishes of the East African Great Lakes are considered classic examples of adaptive radiation, but o... Read More about Repeated colonization and hybridization in Lake Malawi cichlids.