Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Fernández‐López, J., Telleria, M. T., Dueñas, M., May, T., & Martín, M. P. (2021). DNA barcode analyses improve accuracy in fungal species distribution models. Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.7737 https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.7737

Species distribution models based on environmental predictors are useful to explain a species geographic range. For many groups of organisms, including fungi, the increase in occurrence data sets has generalized their use. However, fungal species are not always easy to distinguish, and taxonomy of m…

De Jesús Hernández-Hernández, M., Cruz, J. A., & Castañeda-Posadas, C. (2020). Paleoclimatic and vegetation reconstruction of the miocene southern Mexico using fossil flowers. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 104, 102827. doi:10.1016/j.jsames.2020.102827 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsames.2020.102827

Concern about the course of the current environmental problems has raised interest in investigating the different scenarios that have taken place in our planet throughout time. To that end, different methodologies have been employed in order to determine the different variables that compose the envi…

Smith, G. R., & Peay, K. G. (2020). Stepping forward from relevance in mycorrhizal ecology. New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.16432 https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.16432

Over the past decade, categorizing plants by the mycorrhizal fungi on their roots has allowed us to collapse the complexity of plant life’s hidden, belowground half into a simple, sometimes even binary variable. Most plants are now being classified as associating primarily with ectomycorrhizal or ar…