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Current plant speciation research: unravelling the processes and mechanisms behind the evolution of reproductive isolation barriers

Citation
Lafon-Placette C, Vallejo-Marín M, Parisod C, Abbott RJ & Köhler C (2016) Current plant speciation research: unravelling the processes and mechanisms behind the evolution of reproductive isolation barriers. New Phytologist, 209 (1), pp. 29-33. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.13756

Abstract
First paragraph: Explaining what species are and how they arise has been at the center of biological research since the first evolutionary concepts were developed by Buffon, Lamarck, and Darwin (Tirard,2010). With the widespread acceptance of the biological species concept, according to which ‘species are a group of interbreeding natural populations that are reproductively isolated from other such groups’ (Mayr,1996), much recent speciation research has focused on the processes and mechanisms involved in the evolution of reproductive isolation barriers (Coyne & Orr,2004). The molecular basis of these isolating barriers was known in only a few instances at the time of the Plant Speciation New Phytologist Symposium held in 2003 (Rieseberg & Wendel,2004). However, the last decade has witnessed major advances to current knowledge on this and other aspects of plant speciation research as was made clear at the recent European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) workshop ‘Mechanisms of plant speciation’ held in 2015 at Åkersberga, Sweden.

Keywords
biological species concept; genetic and molecular mechanisms; next generation sequencing advances; plant speciation; reproductive isolation barriers

Notes
Output Type: Meeting Report

Journal
New Phytologist: Volume 209, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Author(s)Lafon-Placette, Clément; Vallejo-Marín, Mario; Parisod, Christian; Abbott, Richard J; Köhler, Claudia
FundersEuropean Molecular Biology Organization
Publication date31/01/2016
Publication date online26/11/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/25433
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0028-646X
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