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Iqbal, I., Shabbir, A., Shabbir, K., Barkworth, M., Bareen, F., & Khan, S. (2020). Evolvulus nummularius (L.) L. (Convolvulaceae): a new alien plant record for Pakistan. BioInvasions Records, 9(4), 702–711. doi:10.3391/bir.2020.9.4.04 https://doi.org/10.3391/bir.2020.9.4.04

Evolvulus nummularius (L.) L., a member of the Convolvulaceae, is native to Mexico and South America but nowadays grows around the world in many tropical and subtropical regions. Its presence in Pakistan, where it has become naturalized, is reported here for the first time. It was first discovered i…

Del Rio, C., Huang, J., Liu, P., Deng, W., Spicer, T. E. V., Wu, F., … Su, T. (2020). New Eocene fossil fruits and leaves of Menispermaceae from the central Tibetan Plateau and their biogeographic implications. Journal of Systematics and Evolution. doi:10.1111/jse.12701 https://doi.org/10.1111/jse.12701

Menispermaceae are a pantropical and temperate family with an extensive fossil record during the Paleogene, especially in North America and Europe, but with much less evidence from Asia. The latest fossil evidence indicates a succession of tropical to sub‐tropical flora on the central Tibetan Platea…

Rozefelds, A. C., Stull, G., Hayes, P., & Greenwood, D. R. (2020). The fossil record of Icacinaceae in Australia supports long-standing Palaeo-Antarctic rainforest connections in southern high latitudes. Historical Biology, 1–11. doi:10.1080/08912963.2020.1832089 https://doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2020.1832089

Fossil fruits of Icacinaceae are recorded from two Cenozoic sites in Australia, at Launceston in northern Tasmania and the Poole Creek palaeochannel in northern South Australia, representing the first report of fossil Icacinaceae from Australia. The Launceston material includes two endocarps with br…

Yi, S., Jun, C.-P., Jo, K., Lee, H., Kim, M.-S., Lee, S. D., … Lim, J. (2020). Asynchronous multi-decadal time-scale series of biotic and abiotic responses to precipitation during the last 1300 years. Scientific Reports, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-020-74994-x https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-74994-x

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Espíndola, A., Ruffley, M., Smith, M. L., Carstens, B. C., Tank, D. C., & Sullivan, J. (2016). Identifying cryptic diversity with predictive phylogeography. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283(1841), 20161529. doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.1529 https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.1529

Identifying units of biological diversity is a major goal of organismal biology. An increasing literature has focused on the importance of cryptic diversity, defined as the presence of deeply diverged lineages within a single species. While most discoveries of cryptic lineages proceed on a taxon-by-…

Hazzi, N. A., Moreno, J. S., Ortiz-Movliav, C., & Palacio, R. D. (2018). Biogeographic regions and events of isolation and diversification of the endemic biota of the tropical Andes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(31), 7985–7990. doi:10.1073/pnas.1803908115 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1803908115

Understanding the spatial and temporal evolution of biota in the tropical Andes is a major challenge, given the region’s topographic complexity and high beta diversity. We used a network approach to find biogeographic regions (bioregions) based on high-resolution species distribution models for 151 …

Lemopoulos, A., & Covain, R. (2018). Biogeography of the freshwater fishes of the Guianas using a partitioned parsimony analysis of endemicity with reappraisal of ecoregional boundaries. Cladistics, 35(1), 106–124. doi:10.1111/cla.12341 https://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12341

The Guianas are one of the most diverse regions of the Neotropics, hosting a particularly high rate of freshwater fish endemism. The present distributional patterns of freshwater fish species in the major catchments of the Guianas (comprising Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana) were analysed to reve…

Seaborn, T., Goldberg, C. S., & Crespi, E. J. (2020). Drivers of distributions and niches of North American cold‐adapted amphibians: evaluating both climate and land use. Ecological Applications. doi:10.1002/eap.2236 https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2236

Species distribution estimates are often used to understand the niche of a species; however, these are often based solely on climatic predictors. When the influences of biotic factors are ignored, erroneous inferences about range and niche may be made. We aimed to integrate climate data with a uniqu…

Rautsaw, R. M., Schramer, T. D., Acuña, R., Arick, L. N., DiMeo, M., Mercier, K. P., … Parkinson, C. L. (2020). Genomic Adaptations to Salinity Resist Gene Flow in the Evolution of Floridian Watersnakes. Molecular Biology and Evolution. doi:10.1093/molbev/msaa266 https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msaa266

The migration-selection balance often governs the evolution of lineages, and speciation with gene flow is now considered common across the tree of life. Ecological speciation is a process that can facilitate divergence despite gene flow due to strong selective pressures caused by ecological differen…

Lv, Z., Liu, F., Zhang, Y., Tu, Y., Chen, P., & Peng, L. (2020). Ecologically adaptable Populus simonii is specific for recalcitrance‐reduced lignocellulose and largely‐enhanced enzymatic saccharification among woody plants. GCB Bioenergy. doi:10.1111/gcbb.12764 https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12764

Woody plants provide enormous biomass resource convertible for biofuels and bioproducts, but they are of typical lignified secondary cell walls with strong recalcitrance against biomass degradation. It thus becomes critical to find out the desirable woody plant enabled for efficient biomass enzymati…