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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), Article e0253248. 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?.