Tobias left to Switzerland on Saturday, after being the week looking for Erysimum populations in the Baetic mountains.
Dr Tobias Züst, from University of Bern, will be stay with us from Tuesday 12th until Saturday 16th. Read more
Two Evoflor’s members (José María Gómez and Rubén Torices) in collaboration with John Pannell from University of Lausanne have recently published a paper in Nature Communications showing that the self-incompatible monocarpic Moricandia moricandioides can adjust its flowering behaviour to the surrounding intraspecific social environment.
Individuals growing with kin, particularly at high density, produced larger floral displays than those growing with non-kin. Investment in attracting pollinators was thus moulded by the presence and relatedness of neighbours, exemplifying the importance of kin recognition in the evolution of plant reproductive strategies. Therefore, this study now provides evidence that investment towards attracting pollinators includes a component of neighbour relatedness, a necessary consequence of the fine spatial genetic structure of plant populations.
In addition, these results suggest that floral strategies might have also been shaped by selection through their indirect effects on inclusive fitness, i.e., through the success of relatives. This possibility was foreshadowed by Hamilton and has long been appreciated by zoologists.
Read the whole story in Nature Communications:
Torices, Rubén; Gómez, José M.; Pannell, John. 2018. Kin discrimination allows plants to modify investment towards pollinator attraction. Nature Communications, 9:2018. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04378-3
Hemos conseguido financiación para el proyecto coordinado “Plasticidad fenotípica como motor evolutivo en Moricandia“ (Proyecto MORE; CGL2017-86626). Este proyecto consta de dos subproyectos, MOREgen liderado por Francisco Perfectti en Universidad de Granada y titulado “Genética evolutiva y funcional de la plasticidad fenotípica en el género Moricandia” y MOREeco liderado por Cristina Armas y José María Gómez de la Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas y titulado “Ecología evolutiva y funcional de la plasticidad fenotípica en el género Moricandia”
Cristina Armas, PhD, is a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Department of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology in the Experimental Station of Arid Zones (CSIC). Read more
We have gathered in Granada for the 5th evoflor meeting to talk about present and future projects.
Within the context of the project Hidden extinctions: Losing plant diversity in Iberian arid zones as a consequence of the anthropic-mediated expansion of weeds, we sampled on 9 March 2018 individuals of the taxon Moricandia moricandioides pseudofoetida, a narrowly distributed endemism inhabiting some badlands of the Región de Murcia (SE Iberian Peninsula).
We have started a new field campaign visiting a Moricandia foetida population in the Desert of Tabernas (Almería). This campaign will develop part of the project Hidden extinctions: Losing plant diversity in Iberian arid zones as a consequence of the anthropic-mediated expansion of weedss.
This time we went south, to the Antiatlas Mountains in search for Moricandia and Erysimum.
Protocolo de extracción de ADN vegetal con el Genelute Plant Genomic DNA Miniprep kit de Sigma-Aldrich (Ref. G2N70).