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Data from: Population genetics and origin of the native North American agricultural weed waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus)

Katherine E. Waselkov & Kenneth M. Olsen
Premise of the study: The evolution of invasiveness has been extensively studied in natural ecosystems; however, far less is known about the evolution of agricultural invasiveness, despite the major economic impact of weeds on crop productivity. Examining the population structure of recently arisen weeds can provide insights into evolutionary avenues to invasion of agroecosystems. Weeds that originate from wild plants are the most common yet least frequently studied type of agricultural invasive. Here we address...

Data from: Reproductive isolation and environmental adaptation shape the phylogeography of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae)

Eddy J. Dowle, Ryan R. Bracewell, Michael E. Pfrender, Karen E. Mock, Barbara J. Bentz & Gregory J. Ragland
Chromosomal rearrangement can be an important mechanism driving population differentiation and incipient speciation. In the mountain pine beetle (MPB, Dendroctonus ponderosae), deletions on the Y chromosome that are polymorphic among populations are associated with reproductive incompatibility. Here we used RAD sequencing across the entire MPB range in western North America to reveal the extent of the phylogeographic differences between Y haplotypes compared to autosomal and X-linked loci. Clustering and gene flow analyses revealed three distinct...

Data from: Combining high-throughput phenotyping and genomic information to increase prediction and selection accuracy in wheat breeding

Jared Crain, Suchismita Mondal, Jessica Rutkoski, Ravi P. Singh & Jesse Poland
Genomics and phenomics have promised to revolutionize the field of plant breeding. The integration of these two fields has just begun and is being driven through big data by advances in next-generation sequencing and developments of field-based high-throughput phenotyping (HTP) platforms. Each year the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) evaluates tens-of-thousands of advanced lines for grain yield across multiple environments. To evaluate how CIMMYT may utilize dynamic HTP data for genomic selection (GS),...

Data from: Genomic analysis and prediction within a US public collaborative winter wheat regional testing nursery

Trevor W. Rife, Robert A. Graybosch & Jesse A. Poland
The development of inexpensive, whole-genome profiling enables a transition to allele-based breeding using genomic prediction models. These models consider alleles shared between lines to predict phenotypes and select new lines based on estimated breeding values. This approach can leverage highly-unbalanced datasets common to breeding programs. The Southern Regional Performance Nursery (SRPN) is a public nursery established by the USDA-ARS in 1931 to characterize performance and quality of near-release wheat varieties from breeding programs in the...

Data from: Targeted gene enrichment and high-throughput sequencing for environmental biomonitoring: a case study using freshwater macroinvertebrates

Eddy J. Dowle, Xavier Pochon, Jonathan C. Banks, Karen Shearer & Susanna A. Wood
Recent studies have advocated biomonitoring using DNA techniques. In this study, two high-throughput sequencing (HTS)-based methods were evaluated: amplicon metabarcoding of the cytochrome C oxidase subunit I (COI) mitochondrial gene and gene enrichment using MYbaits (targeting nine different genes including COI). The gene-enrichment method does not require PCR amplification and thus avoids biases associated with universal primers. Macroinvertebrate samples were collected from 12 New Zealand rivers. Macroinvertebrates were morphologically identified and enumerated, and their biomass...

Data from: Long-term changes in the seasonal timing of landbird migration on the Pacific Flyway

Gina G. Barton & Brett K. Sandercock
The seasonal phenology of latitudinal movements is one of the key life-history traits of migratory birds. We used quantile regression to examine long-term changes in the timing of spring and autumn migration in 5 species of migratory passerine birds captured at a banding station in northern California, USA, over a 22 yr period from 1987 to 2008. Our 5 study species included 3 short-distance migrants, Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis), Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata), and Wilson's...

Data from: Genome-environment associations in sorghum landraces predict adaptive traits

Jesse R. Lasky, Hari D. Upadhyaya, Punna Ramu, Santosh Deshpande, C. Tom Hash, Jason Bonnette, Thomas E. Juenger, Katie Hyma, Charlotte Acharya, Sharon E. Mitchell, Edward S. Buckler, Zachary Brenton, Stephen Kresovich & Geoffrey P. Morris
Improving environmental adaptation in crops is essential for food security under global change, but phenotyping adaptive traits remains a major bottleneck. If associations between single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) alleles and environment of origin in crop landraces reflect adaptation, then these could be used to predict phenotypic variation for adaptive traits. We tested this proposition in the global food crop Sorghum bicolor, characterizing 1943 georeferenced landraces at 404,627 SNPs and quantifying allelic associations with bioclimatic and soil...

Data from: Phenology of Drosophila species across a temperate growing season and implications for behavior

J.M. Gleason, Paula R. Roy, Elizabeth R. Everman, Terry C. Gleason & Theodore J. Morgan
Drosophila community composition is complex in temperate regions with different abundance of flies and species across the growing season. Monitoring Drosophila populations provides insights into the phenology of both native and invasive species. Over a single growing season, we collected Drosophila at regular intervals and determined the number of individuals of the nine species we found in Kansas, USA. Species varied in their presence and abundance through the growing season with peak diversity occurring after...

Data from: Spatial and successional dynamics of microbial biofilm communities in a grassland stream ecosystem

Allison M. Veach, James C. Stegen, Shawn P. Brown, Walter K. Dodds & Ari Jumpponen
Biofilms represent a metabolically active and structurally complex component of freshwater ecosystems. Ephemeral prairie streams are hydrologically harsh and prone to frequent perturbation. Elucidating both functional and structural community changes over time within prairie streams provides a general understanding of microbial responses to environmental disturbance. We examined microbial succession of biofilm communities at three sites in a third-order stream at Konza Prairie over a 2- to 64-day period. Microbial abundance (bacterial abundance, chlorophyll a concentrations)...

Data from: Process-based simulation of prairie growth

Cody J. Zilverberg, Jimmy Williams, Curtis Jones, Keith Harmoney, Jay Angerer, Loretta J. Metz & William Fox
When field research is cost- or time-prohibitive, models can inform decision-makers regarding the impact of agricultural policy on production and the environment, but process-based models that simulate animal-plant-soil interaction and ecosystem services in grazing lands are rare. In the U.S.A., APEX (Agricultural Policy/Environmental eXtender) is a model commonly used to inform policy on cropland, but its ability to simulate grazinglands was less robust. Therefore, we enhanced the APEX model’s plant growth module to improve its...

Data from: Comparative transcriptome and lipidome analyses reveal molecular chilling responses in chilling-tolerant sorghums

Sandeep R. Marla, Sunitha Shiva, Ruth Welti, Sanzhen Liu, John J. Burke & Geoffrey P. Morris
Chilling temperatures (0 to 15°C) are a major constraint for temperate cultivation of tropical-origin crops, including the cereal crop sorghum (Sorghum bicolor [L.] Moench). Northern Chinese sorghums have adapted to early-season chilling, but molecular mechanisms of chilling tolerance are unknown. We used RNA sequencing of seedlings to compare the chilling-responsive transcriptomes of a chilling-tolerant Chinese accession with a chilling-sensitive US reference line, and mass spectrometry to compare chilling-responsive lipidomes of four chilling-tolerant Chinese accessions with...

CIMMYT bread wheat breeding lines

Sandesh Shrestha, Jesse Poland, Susanne Dreisigacker, Shuangye Wu, Ravi Prakash Singh, Suchismita Mondal, Philomin Juliana, Jose Crossa & Mark Lucas
A total of 74,403 bread wheat breeding lines from the year 2013-2020 developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) was genotyped. We used genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) to construct 433 GBS libraries which were sequenced in the Illumina platform to generate 440 FASTQ files. The key file consists of metadata such as sample name, flowcell, lane number, and barcode used for multiplexing samples. The FASTQ file of corresponding samples can be identified based on...

Assessing corrosion resistance of 2D nanomaterial-based coatings on stainless steel substrates

Shakir Bin Mujib, Santanu Mukherjee, Zongkan Ren & Gurpreet Singh
Two dimensional (2D) materials have elicited considerable interest in the past decade due to a diverse array of novel properties ranging from high surface to mass ratios, a wide range of band gaps (insulating boron nitride to semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides), high mechanical strength and chemical stability. Given the superior chemo-thermo-mechanical properties, 2D materials may provide transformative solution to a familiar yet persistent problem of significant socio-economic burden: the corrosion of stainless steel (SS). With...

Data from: Lineage and latitudinal variation in Phragmites australis tolerance to herbivory: implications for invasion success

Jordan Croy, Laura Meyerson, Warwick Allen, Ganesh Bhattarai & James T. Cronin
Herbivores play a critical role in plant invasions either by facilitating or inhibiting species establishment and spread. However, relatively few studies with invasive plant species have focused on the role of plant tolerance and how it varies geographically to influence invasion success. We conducted a common garden study using two lineages (native and invasive) of the grass Phragmites australis that are prevalent in North American wetlands. Using 31 populations collected across a broad geographic range,...

Influences of patch-burn grazing on headwater prairie streams and subsequent recovery

Jessica Fulgoni, Matt Whiles, Walter Dodds, Danelle Larson, Karen Jackson & Bartosz Grudzinski
1. Patch-burn grazing (PBG) can promote terrestrial heterogeneity and biodiversity, but can temporarily increase stream nutrients, ecosystem metabolism, and alter macroinvertebrate assemblages. The impacts of grazing on stream channel morphology and post-PBG recovery patterns are unclear. 2. We assessed the influence of grazing in PBG managed grassland streams in Missouri, USA, and subsequent recovery when grazing ceased for two years. We hypothesized that grazing would degrade water quality, stream biotic integrity, and channel morphology, but...

Development of whole-genome prediction models to increase the rate of genetic gain in intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) breeding

Jared Crain, Atena Haghighattalab, Lee DeHaan & Jesse Poland
The development of perennial grain crops is driven by the vision of simultaneous food production and enhanced ecosystem services. Typically, perennial crops like intermediate wheatgrass (IWG, Thinopyrum intermedium) have low seed yield and other detrimental agronomic traits. Next generation sequencing has made genomic selection (GS) a tractable and viable breeding method. To investigate how an IWG breeding program may utilize GS, we evaluated 3,658 plants over two years for 46 traits to build a training...

A high-throughput skim-sequencing approach for genotyping, dosage estimation and identifying translocations

Laxman Adhikari, Jesse Poland, Sandesh Shrestha, Shuanyge Wu, Jared Crain, Lianglian Gao, Byron Evers, Duane Wilson, Yoonha Ju, Dal-Hoe Koo, Pierre Hulc, Curtis Pozniak, Sean Walkowiak, Xiaoyun Wang, Jing Wu, Jeffrey Glaubitz, Lee DeHaan & Bernd Friebe
An optimized, high-throughput and cost-effective genotyping method applicable to various crop breeding populations is very important in this genomic era. We have developed an optimized Nextera skim-sequencing (skim-seq) approach to genotype different populations that can be used for genetics studies and genomics-assisted breeding. We performed skim-seq on a variety of populations developed through doubled haploid (DH) technology, inter-specific recombinants developed through introgression, amphidiploid developed through wide crosses, and on known monosomic samples. 1. A doubled...

Addressing Organizational Cultural Conflicts in Engineering with Design Thinking

Sean Eddington, Danielle Corple, Patrice Buzzanelli, Carla Zoltowski & Andrew Brightman

Genomic prediction enables rapid selection of high-performing genets in an intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) breeding program

Jared Crain, Lee DeHaan & Jesse Poland
In an era of constrained and depleted natural resources, perennial grains could provide sustainable food production in addition to beneficial ecosystem services like reduced erosion and increased atmospheric carbon capture. One such perennial, intermediate wheatgrass (IWG; Thinopyrum intermedium) has been undergoing continuous breeding for domestication and improvement to develop a perennial grain crop since the 1980’s. However, as a perennial species, IWG has required 2-5 years per selection generation. Therefore, starting in 2017 genomic selection...

Data for genetic characterization and curation of diploid a-genome wheat species

Laxman Adhikari, Jesse Poland, Jon Raupp, Shuangye Wu, Duane Wilson, Bernd Friebe, Dal-Hoe Koo & Narinder Singh
Diploid A-genome relatives of wheat comprises T. urartu, T. monococcum subsp. monococcum (domesticated einkorn) and T. monococcum subsp. aegilopoides (wild einkorn). About 930 accessions of A-genome diploid wheat species preserved in the gene bank of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center (WGRC) at Kansas State University were genotyped using genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS). We constructed four pooled GBS libraries (384- and 288-plex) using restriction enzymes (Pst1-Msp1) combinations and the libraries were sequenced on the Illumina platform. The sequence...

Accelerating wheat breeding for end-use quality through association mapping and multivariate genomic prediction

Shichen Zhang-Biehn, Allan Fritz, Guorong Zhang, Byron Evers, Rebecca Regan & Jesse Poland
In hard winter wheat breeding, the evaluation of end-use quality is expensive and time-consuming, being relegated to the final stages of the breeding program after selection for many traits including disease resistance, agronomic performance and grain yield. In this study, our objectives were to identify genetic variants underlying baking quality traits through genome-wide association mapping (GWAS) and develop improved genomic selection (GS) models for the quality traits in hard winter wheat. Advanced breeding lines (n=462)...

Data from: Changes in spatial variance during a grassland to shrubland state transition

Zak Ratajczak, Paolo D'Odorico, Jesse B. Nippert, Scott L. Collins, Nathaniel A. Brunsell & Sujith Ravi
State transitions are changes in ecosystem structure and self-reinforcing feedbacks that are initiated when an exogenous driver variable crosses a threshold. Reversing state transitions is difficult and costly. While some state transitions are relatively rapid, many take years to decades. Outside of theoretical models, very little is known about slower state transitions and how they unfold in time and space. We quantified changes in spatial variance as a mesic grassland ecosystem shifts to a shrub-dominated...

Data from: River network architecture, genetic effective size and distributional patterns predict differences in genetic structure across species in a dryland stream fish community

Tyler J. Pilger, Keith B. Gido, David L. Propst, James E. Whitney & Thomas F. Turner
Dendritic ecological network (DEN) architecture can be a strong predictor of spatial genetic patterns in theoretical and simulation studies. Yet, interspecific differences in dispersal capabilities and distribution within the network may equally affect species’ genetic structuring. We characterized patterns of genetic variation from up to ten microsatellite loci for nine numerically dominant members of the upper Gila River fish community, New Mexico, USA. Using comparative landscape genetics, we evaluated the role of network architecture for...

Data from: Comparative transcriptomics support evolutionary convergence of diapause responses across Insecta

Gregory J. Ragland & Evan Keep
Diapause is a common phenotype that is broadly phylogenetically dispersed across Insecta and appears to have multiple evolutionary origins. Nevertheless, there are clear commonalities in diapause regulation across insect taxa. In the present study, we report a meta-analysis of diapause whole transcriptomic data sets from 11 different insect species that addresses three questions: (i) how similar are whole-transcriptome diapause responses across species within and across different diapause life-cycle stages; (ii) do the most closely-related species...

Data from: The conservation value of high elevation habitats to North American migrant birds

W. Alice Boyle & Kathy Martin
The basic patterns of faunal community composition and habitat associations of high elevation mountainous regions are poorly-known. This is true for the avifauna of western North America where our knowledge of high elevation use is primarily restricted to breeding assemblages. Here we report on systematic avian surveys of high elevation habitats over four years in British Columbia conducted during the post-breeding and fall migration periods (Aug–Oct). We detected a remarkable diversity of birds (95 species...

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