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Dr Dave Lunt


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., Bezault, E., Lunt, D. H., Joyce, D. A., & 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

The initial sequencing of five cichlid genomes revealed an accumulation of genetic variation, including extensive copy number variation in cichlid lineages particularly those that have undergone dramatic evolutionary radiation. Gene duplication has t... Read More about The Genomic Substrate for Adaptive Radiation: Copy Number Variation across 12 Tribes of African Cichlid Species.

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 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.

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.

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), 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. 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 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), 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 about Determining Plant – Leaf Miner – Parasitoid Interactions: A DNA Barcoding Approach.

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.

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