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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. doi: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

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. doi: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

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. doi: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

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

Merging DNA metabarcoding and ecological network analysis to understand and build resilient terrestrial ecosystems (2016)
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Kitson, J. J. N., Evans, D. M., Straw, N. A., Pocock, M. J. O., Kitson, J. J., Pocock, M. J., …Straw, N. (2016). Merging DNA metabarcoding and ecological network analysis to understand and build resilient terrestrial ecosystems. Functional ecology, 30(12), (1904-1916). doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12659. ISSN 1365-2435

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

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), 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

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. doi: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

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), doi: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

The complex hybrid origins of the root knot nematodes revealed through comparative genomics (2014)
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Kumar, S., Koutsovoulos, G., Blaxter, M. L., & Lunt, D. H. (2014). The complex hybrid origins of the root knot nematodes revealed through comparative genomics. PeerJ, 2014(1), doi:10.7717/peerj.356. ISSN 2167-8359

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

Gene duplication in an African cichlid adaptive radiation (2014)
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Machado, H. E., Joyce, D. A., Reilly, 3., Renn, S. C., Reilly, C. R., Renn, S. C., …Renn, S. (2014). Gene duplication in an African cichlid adaptive radiation. BMC Genomics, 15(1), (161). doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-161. ISSN 1471-2164

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

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

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). doi:10.1093/gbe/evr090. ISSN 1759-6653

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

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

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). doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.11.029. ISSN 0960-9822

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

Low endemism, continued deep-shallow interchanges, and evidence for cosmopolitan distributions in free-living marine nematodes (order Enoplida) (2010)
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Lunt, D. H., Bik, H. M., Lambshead, P. J. D., & Thomas, W. K. (2010). Low endemism, continued deep-shallow interchanges, and evidence for cosmopolitan distributions in free-living marine nematodes (order Enoplida). BMC evolutionary biology, 10(1), (389). doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-389. ISSN 1471-2148

Background: Nematodes represent the most abundant benthic metazoa in one of the largest habitats on earth, the deep sea. Characterizing major patterns of biodiversity within this dominant group is a critical step towards understanding evolutionary pa... Read More

Moving towards a complete molecular framework of the Nematoda: A focus on the Enoplida and early-branching clades (2010)
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Lunt, D. H., Bik, H. M., Lambshead, P. J. D., & Thomas, W. K. (2010). Moving towards a complete molecular framework of the Nematoda: A focus on the Enoplida and early-branching clades. BMC evolutionary biology, 10(1), doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-353. ISSN 1471-2148

Background: The subclass Enoplia (Phylum Nematoda) is purported to be the earliest branching clade amongst all nematode taxa, yet the deep phylogeny of this important lineage remains elusive. Free-living marine species within the order Enoplida play... Read More

Probing marine Gammarus (Amphipoda) taxonomy with DNA barcodes (2009)
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Costa, F. O., Henzler, C. M., Lunt, D. H., Whiteley, N. M., Rock, J., & Lunt, D. (2009). Probing marine Gammarus (Amphipoda) taxonomy with DNA barcodes. Systematics and Biodiversity, 7(4), (365-379). doi:10.1017/S1477200009990120. ISSN 1477-2000

The genus Gammarus (Amphipoda) is one of the most speciose genera of Crustacea, yet much uncertainty remains concerning taxonomy and systematic relationships, particularly for brackish and marine forms. We used DNA barcode sequences from the mitochon... Read More

Natural variations in myosin heavy chain genotype in gammarid amphipods (2009)
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Whiteley, N. M., Rock, J., Magnay, J. L., El Haj, A., Lunt, D., & Goldspink, G. (2009). Natural variations in myosin heavy chain genotype in gammarid amphipods. Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology, 153(2), (S72-S72). doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2009.04.029. ISSN 1095-6433

Copious copies keep out the cold (2009)
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Lunt, D. H., & Renn, S. C. P. (2009). Copious copies keep out the cold. Heredity, 103(4), (281-282). doi:10.1038/hdy.2009.59. ISSN 0018-067X

ife in the sub-zero temperatures of the Southern Ocean requires special adaptation to extreme cold, and the notothenioid fish radiation—which dominates the biomass and species diversity of Antarctic fish—has provided textbook examples of molecular ev... Read More

Linking functional molecular variation with environmental gradients: myosin gene diversity in a crustacean broadly distributed across variable thermal environments (2009)
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Rock, J., Magnay, J. L., Beech, S., El Haj, A. J., Goldspink, G., Lunt, D. H., & Whiteley, N. M. (2009). Linking functional molecular variation with environmental gradients: myosin gene diversity in a crustacean broadly distributed across variable thermal environments. Gene, 437(1-2), (60-70). doi:10.1016/j.gene.2009.02.008. ISSN 0378-1119

To investigate the molecular basis of temperature adaptation in natural populations we used the candidate gene approach, targeting the myosin heavy chain (MyHC) gene. The functional effects of genetic variation in MyHC have been well characterised, a... Read More