The Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics of Speciation

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 1136

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Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA
Interests: speciation, reproductive isolation; applied evolution; cancer and evolution; agriculture and evolution

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Dear Colleagues,

Speciation remains a core and contentious topic within evolutionary biology. One important aspect of speciation is the genetic basis of the changes involved in this process. Advances in sequencing and other technologies have allowed us to address questions regarding the process that were previously intractable. These advances have also paved novel avenues of research and generated new questions.

In this Special Issue, we invite reviews, perspectives, and research papers that contribute to our understanding of the evolutionary genetics of speciation. Theoretical, simulation-based, meta-analyses, and new empirical studies are welcome. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following: the genetic basis of traits related to reproductive isolation, gene expression in hybrid speciation, determining the geographic milieu of the evolution of reproductive isolation, how the microbiota affects the speciation process, and the landscape genetics of speciation.

Dr. Norman A. Johnson
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Keywords

  • biogeography
  • evolution
  • genomics
  • hybridization
  • reproductive isolation
  • speciation

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Decoding Evolution of Rubioideae: Plastomes Reveal Sweet Secrets of Codon Usage, Diagnostides, and Superbarcoding
by Kamil Ciborowski, Monika Szczecińska, Mateusz Maździarz, Jakub Sawicki and Łukasz Paukszto
Genes 2024, 15(5), 562; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes15050562 - 27 Apr 2024
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Galium genus belongs to the Rubiaceae family, which consists of approximately 14,000 species. In comparison to its well-known relatives, the plastomes of the Galium genus have not been explored so far. The plastomes of this genus have a typical, quadripartite structure, but differ [...] Read more.
Galium genus belongs to the Rubiaceae family, which consists of approximately 14,000 species. In comparison to its well-known relatives, the plastomes of the Galium genus have not been explored so far. The plastomes of this genus have a typical, quadripartite structure, but differ in gene content, since the infA gene is missing in Galium palustre and Galium trfidum. An evaluation of the effectiveness of using entire chloroplast genome sequences as superbarcodes for accurate plant species identification revealed the high potential of this method for molecular delimitation within the genus and tribe. The trnE-UUC—psbD region showed the biggest number of diagnostides (diagnostic nucleotides) which might be new potential barcodes, not only in Galium, but also in other closely related genera. Relative synonymous codon usage (RSCU) appeared to be connected with the phylogeny of the Rubiaceae family, showing that during evolution, plants started preferring specific codons over others. Full article
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