3 Works

Data from: The ancient tropical rainforest tree Symphonia globulifera L. f. (Clusiaceae) was not restricted to postulated Pleistocene refugia in Atlantic Equatorial Africa

Myriam Heuertz, Katharina B. Budde, Santiago C. González-Martínez & Olivier J. Hardy
Understanding the history of forests and their species' demographic responses to past disturbances is important for predicting impacts of future environmental changes. Tropical rainforests of the Guineo-Congolian region in Central Africa are believed to have survived the Pleistocene glacial periods in a few major refugia, essentially centred on mountainous regions close to the Atlantic Ocean. We tested this hypothesis by investigating the phylogeographic structure of a widespread, ancient rainforest tree species, Symphonia globulifera L. f....

Data from: Speciation slowing down in widespread and long-living tree taxa: insights from the tropical timber tree genus Milicia (Moraceae)

Kasso Dainou, Grégory Mahy, Jérôme Duminil, Christopher W. Dick, Jean-Louis Doucet, Armel S. L. Donkpégan, Michaël Pluijgers, Brice Sinsin, Philippe Lejeune & Olivier J. Hardy
The long generation time and large effective size of widespread forest tree species can result in slow evolutionary rate and incomplete lineage sorting, complicating species delimitation. We addressed this issue with the African timber tree genus Milicia that comprises two morphologically similar and often confounded species: M. excelsa, widespread from West to East Africa, and M. regia, endemic to West Africa. We combined information from nuclear microsatellites (nSSRs), nuclear and plastid DNA sequences, and morphological...

Data from: Rapid increase in dispersal during range expansion in the invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis

Eric Lombaert, Arnaud Estoup, Benoît Facon, Benjamin Joubard, Jean-Claude Grégoire, Anaï Jannin, Aurélie Blin & Thomas Guillemaud
The evolutionary trajectories associated with demographic, genetic and spatial disequilibrium have become an issue of growing interest in population biology. Invasive species provide unique opportunities to explore the impact of recent range expansion on life-history traits, making it possible to test for a spatial arrangement of dispersal abilities along the expanding range, in particular. We carried out controlled experiments in laboratory conditions to test the hypothesis of an increase in dispersal capacity with range expansion...

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  • 2013

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  • Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
  • French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Montpellier SupAgro