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See detailThree species for the price of one within the moss Homalothecium sericeum s.l.
Hedenäs, Lars; Desamore, Aurélie ULg; Laenen, Benjamin ULg et al

in Taxon (2014), 63

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See detailLarge scale phylogenetic patterns of diversification in Bryophytes
Laenen, Benjamin ULg

Doctoral thesis (2013)

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See detailModeling Species Distributions from Heterogeneous Data for the Biogeographic Regionalization of the European Bryophyte Flora
Mateo, R. G. A; Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Muñoz, J. B D et al

in PLoS ONE (2013), 8(2),

The definition of biogeographic regions provides a fundamental framework for a range of basic and applied questions in biogeography, evolutionary biology, systematics and conservation. Previous research ... [more ▼]

The definition of biogeographic regions provides a fundamental framework for a range of basic and applied questions in biogeography, evolutionary biology, systematics and conservation. Previous research suggested that environmental forcing results in highly congruent regionalization patterns across taxa, but that the size and number of regions depends on the dispersal ability of the taxa considered. We produced a biogeographic regionalization of European bryophytes and hypothesized that (1) regions defined for bryophytes would differ from those defined for other taxa due to the highly specific eco-physiology of the group and (2) their high dispersal ability would result in the resolution of few, large regions. Species distributions were recorded using 10,000 km2 MGRS pixels. Because of the lack of data across large portions of the area, species distribution models employing macroclimatic variables as predictors were used to determine the potential composition of empty pixels. K-means clustering analyses of the pixels based on their potential species composition were employed to define biogeographic regions. The optimal number of regions was determined by v-fold cross-validation and Moran's I statistic. The spatial congruence of the regions identified from their potential bryophyte assemblages with large-scale vegetation patterns is at odds with our primary hypothesis. This reinforces the notion that post-glacial migration patterns might have been much more similar in bryophytes and vascular plants than previously thought. The substantially lower optimal number of clusters and the absence of nested patterns within the main biogeographic regions, as compared to identical analyses in vascular plants, support our second hypothesis. The modelling approach implemented here is, however, based on many assumptions that are discussed but can only be tested when additional data on species distributions become available, highlighting the substantial importance of developing integrated mapping projects for all taxa in key biogeographically areas of Europe, and the Mediterranean peninsulas in particular. © 2013 Mateo et al. [less ▲]

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See detailInverted patterns of genetic diversity in continental and island populations of the heather Erica scoparia s.l.
Desamore, Aurélie ULg; Laenen, Benjamin ULg; González-Mancebo, JM et al

in Journal of Biogeography (2012), 39(3), 574--584

Aim  Using the heather Erica scoparia s.l. as a model, this paper aims to test theoretical predictions that island populations are genetically less diverse than continental ones and to determine the ... [more ▼]

Aim  Using the heather Erica scoparia s.l. as a model, this paper aims to test theoretical predictions that island populations are genetically less diverse than continental ones and to determine the extent to which island and continental populations are connected by pollen- and seed-mediated gene flow.Location  Macaronesia, Mediterranean, Atlantic fringe of Europe.Methods  Patterns of genetic diversity are described based on variation at two chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) loci and one nuclear DNA (nDNA) locus for 109 accessions across the entire distribution range of the species. Global patterns of genetic differentiation were investigated using principal coordinates analysis. Genetic differentiation between island and continental areas, estimations of pollen- and seed-mediated gene flow, and the presence of phylogeographical signal were assessed by means of Fst/NST (continental scale) and Fij/Nij (local scale). Extant and past distribution ranges of the species were inferred from niche modelling using layers describing present and Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) macroclimatic conditions.Results  The Azores exhibited a significantly higher genetic diversity than the continent. The lowest levels of genetic differentiation were observed between the Azores and the western Mediterranean, and the diversity observed in the Azores resulted from at least two colonization waves. Within the Azores, kinship coefficients showed a significant and much steeper decrease with geographical distance in the cpDNA than in the nDNA. The distribution predicted by LGM models was markedly different from the current potential distribution, particularly in western Europe, where no suitable areas were predicted by LGM models, and along the Atlantic coast of the African continent, where LGM models predicted highly suitable climatic conditions.Main conclusions  The higher diversity observed in Azorean than in continental populations is inconsistent with MacArthur and Wilson’s equilibrium model and derived theoretical population genetic expectations. This inverted pattern may be the result of extinction on the continent coupled with multiple island colonization events and subsequent allopatric diversification and lineage hybridization in the Azores. The results highlight the role of allopatric diversification in explaining diversification on islands and suggest that this process has played a much more significant role in shaping Azorean biodiversity than previously thought. [less ▲]

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See detailStriking autapomorphic evolution in Physotheca J.J.Engel & Gradst. (Marchantiophyta: Lophocoleaceae) blurred its actual relationships with Leptoscyphus Mitt
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Desamore, Aurélie ULg; Laenen, Benjamin ULg et al

in Journal of Bryology (2012), 34(4), 251-256

The taxonomic status and phylogenetic position of the monotypic liverwort genus Physotheca J.J.Engel & Gradst., including P. autoica J.J.Engel & Gradst. endemic to Ecuador, are inferred from phylogenetic ... [more ▼]

The taxonomic status and phylogenetic position of the monotypic liverwort genus Physotheca J.J.Engel & Gradst., including P. autoica J.J.Engel & Gradst. endemic to Ecuador, are inferred from phylogenetic analyses of two cpDNA loci. The results indicate that the genus is nested within Leptoscyphus and the new combination, L. autoicus (J.J.Engel & Gradst.) Vanderp. & Gradst., is made. This indicates, along with an increasing body of evidence, that extreme morphological transformations can obscure the phylogenetic signal present in morphological data. © 2012 British Bryological Society. [less ▲]

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See detailHow do temperate bryophytes face the challenge of a changing environment? Lessons from the past and predictions for the future
Desamore, Aurélie ULg; Laenen, Benjamin ULg; Stech, M. B et al

in Global Change Biology (2012), 18(9), 2915-2924

Bryophytes are a group of early land plants, whose specific ecophysiological and biological features, including poikilohydry, sensitivity to moderately high temperature and high dispersal ability, make ... [more ▼]

Bryophytes are a group of early land plants, whose specific ecophysiological and biological features, including poikilohydry, sensitivity to moderately high temperature and high dispersal ability, make them ideal candidates for investigating the impact of climate changes. Employing a combined approach of species distribution modelling (SDM) and molecular phylogeography in the temperate moss Homalothecium sericeum, we explore the significance of the Mediterranean refugia, contrasting the southern and northern refugia hypotheses, determine the extent to which recolonization of previously glaciated areas has been facilitated by the high dispersal ability of the species and make predictions on the extent to which it will be impacted by ongoing climate change. The Mediterranean areas exhibit the highest nucleotidic diversities and host a mixture of ancestral, endemic and more recently derived haplotypes. Extra-Mediterranean areas exhibit low genetic diversities and Euro-Siberian populations display a significant signal of expansion that is identified to be of Euro-Siberian origin, pointing to the northern refugia hypothesis. The SDMs predict a global net increase in range size owing to ongoing climate change, but substantial range reductions in southern areas. Presence of a significant phylogeographical signal at different spatial scales suggests, however, that dispersal limitations might constitute, as opposed to the traditional view of spore-producing plants as efficient dispersers, a constraint for migration. This casts doubts about the ability of the species to face the massive extinctions predicted in the southern areas, threatening their status of reservoir of genetic diversity. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailOut of Africa: northwestwards Pleistocene expansions of the heather Erica arborea
Desamore, Aurélie ULg; Laenen, Benjamin ULg; Devos, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Biogeography (2011), 38

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See detailBRYOPHYTES DU PARC NATIONAL DU MERCANTOUR : METHODES ET RESULTATS DE LA CAMPAGNE D'INVENTAIRES 2010 ATBI+M
Saatkamp, Arne; Aleffi, Michele; de Biaggi, Marta et al

in Biocosme Mesogeen (2011), 28(2), 23-50

During the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory + Monitoring programme (ATBI+M) in the Mercantour and Alpi Marittime National Parks, our inventories of bryophytes identified 234 taxa (mosses and liverworts ... [more ▼]

During the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory + Monitoring programme (ATBI+M) in the Mercantour and Alpi Marittime National Parks, our inventories of bryophytes identified 234 taxa (mosses and liverworts). This work completes the previous field campaigns, notably those of Jean-Pierre Hebrard (I MEP, Marseille) since 1965, and the ATBI bryophyte inventories in 2007. This number is based on four days of inventories in the central and peripheric territory of both National Parks, in four days in July and August 2010, together with previous data the 565 taxa known from the area still underestimate the number of species actually present. Our observations in 2010 added several new species for this area, including several rare and remarkable species such as Haplomitrium hookeri or species listed under the Habitats Directive as Buxbaumia viridis and Orthotrichum rogeri. Given the rarity of their habitats species from snow beds, large block boulders and high altitude wetlands are most remarkable. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolutionary significance and trade-offs in life-history traits associated to ecological specialization and mating systems in the liverwort genus Radula Dumort.
Laenen, Benjamin ULg; Devos, Nicolas; Renner, Matt et al

Poster (2011)

Shifts in mating systems are amongst the most common and important transitions in plants and are correlated with a suite of life-history traits. The evolution of mating systems and their relationships to ... [more ▼]

Shifts in mating systems are amongst the most common and important transitions in plants and are correlated with a suite of life-history traits. The evolution of mating systems and their relationships to gametophyte size, sexual reproduction, formation of asexual diaspores, and ecological specialization, is examined here in the leafy liverwort genus Radula.More specifically, we attempt to answer the following questions:(1)What is the ancestral mating system in Radula? (2)Are shifts from one mating system to another directional or random? (3)How does the evolution of mating systems correlate with the evolution of other related life history traits and, in particular, the specialization to temporary habitats? (4)What are the contingence relationships and order of acquisitionof those traits? [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution of sexual systems, dispersal strategies and habitat selection in the liverwort genus Radula
Devos, Nicolas ULg; Renner, Matt; Gradstein, Robbert et al

in New Phytologist (2011), 192(1), 225-236

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See detailMacaronesia: a source of hidden genetic diversity for post-glacial recolonization of western Europe in the leafy liverwort Radula lindenbergiana.
Laenen, Benjamin ULg; Desamore, Aurélie ULg; Devos, Nicolas et al

Poster (2010)

Aim Bryophytes exhibit the lowest rates of endemism among biota in Macaronesia and differ in diversity patterns from angiosperms by the widespread occurrence of endemics within and among archipelagos. In ... [more ▼]

Aim Bryophytes exhibit the lowest rates of endemism among biota in Macaronesia and differ in diversity patterns from angiosperms by the widespread occurrence of endemics within and among archipelagos. In this study, we test the hypothesis that high dispersal ability erodes phylogeographic signal and hampers the chances of diversification in bryophytes using the leafy liverwort Radula lindenbergiana as a model. Location Macaronesia, Europe, South Africa Methods 84 samples were collected across the species distribution range and sequenced at four cpDNA loci (atpB-rbcL, trnG, trnL, and rps4). Phylogenetic reconstructions and Bayesian ancestral area reconstructions were used in combination with population genetic statistics (H, Nst, Fst) to describe the pattern of present genetic diversity in R. lindenbergiana and infer its biogeographic history. Results The two regions with the highest haplotypic diversity are Madeira and the Canary Islands. Ancestral area reconstructions suggest that Macaronesia was colonized at least twice independently and that the haplotypes currently found in Western Europe share a Macaronesian common ancestor. Whilst analysis of molecular variance and Nst statistics indicate that present-day patterns of genetic variation have a globally significant biogeographic component, Fst values among Macaronesian archipelagos, North Africa, and the Iberian Peninsula, were not significant. Main conclusions The apparent lack of speciation amongst Macaronesian bryophytes hides actual patterns of diversification at the molecular level. The occurrence of Canarian endemic haplotypes across several islands, along with the non-significant Fst and Nst among islands, North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, suggest intense dispersal. The occurrence of endemic haplotypes suggests, however, that dispersal does not completely prevent diversification. The high diversity found among Macaronesian haplotypes, together with the Macaronesian origin of all the haplotypes found in Western Europe, suggests that Macaronesian archipelagos could have served as a refugium during the Quaternary glaciations and as a source for re-colonization of Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailDispersal, diversity and evolution of the Macaronesian cryptogamic floras
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Laenen, Benjamin ULg; Rumsey, F. J. et al

in Plants and Islands, 2nd ed. (2010)

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