Fossil gaps inferred from phylogenies alter the apparent nature of diversification in dragonflies and their relatives
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:252 (14 September 2011)
Changes to publication requirements made at the XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne - what does e-publication mean for you?
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:250 (14 September 2011)
Sandra Knapp and colleagues discuss what the changes to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature do and don't mean for those wishing to publish new names and descriptions electronically.
Retrotransposon-centered analysis of piRNA targeting shows a shift from active to passive retrotransposon transcription in developing mouse testes
BMC Genomics 2011, 12:440 (1 September 2011)
Evolutionary history of Serpulaceae (Basidiomycota): molecular phylogeny, historical biogeography and evidence for a single transition of nutritional mode
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:230 (4 August 2011)
When species matches are unavailable are DNA barcodes correctly assigned to higher taxa? An assessment using sphingid moths
BMC Ecology 2011, 11:18 (1 August 2011)
Genomes and geography: genomic insights into the evolution and phylogeography of the genus Schistosoma
Parasites & Vectors 2011, 4:131 (7 July 2011)
This review summarises the role of genomic information in understanding the evolution of Schistosoma blood flukes. It combines evidence from molecular phylogenetics, genomics and cytogenetics in order to understand the major evolutionary events that may have occurred during speciation and divergence of the African and Asian Schistosoma species. Image: Giemsa-stained karyotype of S. mansoni
Genome fluctuations in cyanobacteria reflect evolutionary, developmental and adaptive traits
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:187 (30 June 2011)
MicroRNA preparations from individual monogenean Gyrodactylus salaris-a comparison of six commercially available totalRNA extraction kits
BMC Research Notes 2011, 4:217 (29 June 2011)
Evolutionary history of Otophysi (Teleostei), a major clade of the modern freshwater fishes: Pangaean origin and Mesozoic radiation
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:177 (22 June 2011)
The dominant Anopheles vectors of human malaria in the Asia-Pacific region: occurrence data, distribution maps and bionomic précis
Parasites & Vectors 2011, 4:89 (25 May 2011)
To help target malaria control efforts, we present contemporary distribution maps and relevant bionomic information for the nineteen dominant vector species (DVS) of the Asian-Pacific Region. Image: Occurrence data and predicted distribution of the Dirus Complex, one of the DVS of Asia.
Reversal to air-driven sound production revealed by a molecular phylogeny of tongueless frogs, family Pipidae
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:114 (27 April 2011)
Population dynamics and genetic changes of Picea abies in the South Carpathians revealed by pollen and ancient DNA analyses
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:66 (10 March 2011)
Mitogenomic phylogenetic analyses of the Delphinidae with an emphasis on the Globicephalinae
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:65 (10 March 2011)
Confirmed local endemicity and putative high transmission of Schistosoma mansoni in the Sesse Islands, Lake Victoria, Uganda
Parasites & Vectors 2011, 4:29 (1 March 2011)
The combined malacological and parasitological surveys on the islands within the Bufumiri group, Uganda have confirmed local transmission of intestinal schistosomiasis and high levels of disease in shoreline communities. Image: Young child with intestinal schistosomiasis.
A role for p38 MAPK in the regulation of ciliary motion in a eukaryote
BMC Cell Biology 2011, 12:6 (26 January 2011)
Chromoblastomycosis after a leech bite complicated by myiasis: a case report
BMC Infectious Diseases 2011, 11:14 (12 January 2011)
Description of Hymenolepis microstoma (Nottingham strain): a classical tapeworm model for research in the genomic era
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:123 (31 December 2010)
The genome of the classical model tapeworm Hymenolepis microstoma has been recently characterised via the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Here we describe the specific laboratory strain from which the genome data are based, review of its biology and briefly discuss contemporary model systems at the dawn of a genomic era in cestodology.
Image: SEM of gravid segments of H. microstoma showing a central, sperm-filled seminal receptacle surrounded by thin-shelled eggs.
Gene transfer: anything goes in plant mitochondria
BMC Biology 2010, 8:147 (22 December 2010)
Following recent detailed studies – including one in BMC Biology – of horizontal gene transfer in plant mitochondria, Archibald and Richards discuss how gene transfer and gene conversion combine to cause trouble for phylogeneticists, and the meticulous work that will be needed to unravel these sorts of evolutionary histories.
Low endemism, continued deep-shallow interchanges, and evidence for cosmopolitan distributions in free-living marine nematodes (order Enoplida)
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:389 (18 December 2010)
Traditional herbal medicine in Far-west Nepal: a pharmacological appraisal
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2010, 6:35 (13 December 2010)
The dominant Anopheles vectors of human malaria in Africa, Europe and the Middle East: occurrence data, distribution maps and bionomic précis
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:117 (3 December 2010)
To help target malaria control efforts in Africa and prevent its re-emergence in Europe, we present contemporary distribution maps and relevant bionomic information for the seven dominant vector species (DVS) of Africa and the six DVS found across Europe and the Middle East. Image: Occurrence data and predicted distribution of An. gambiae, one of the DVS of Africa.
Moving towards a complete molecular framework of the Nematoda: a focus on the Enoplida and early-branching clades
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:353 (12 November 2010)
Are substitution rates and RNA editing correlated?
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:349 (11 November 2010)
Plasmodium ovale sp. and Plasmodium malariae in Africa: difficult items of business on the malaria eradication agenda
Malaria Journal 2010, 9(Suppl 2):I10 (20 October 2010)
The phylogenetic position of Acoela as revealed by the complete mitochondrial genome of Symsagittifera roscoffensis
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:309 (13 October 2010)
Evolutionary history of mammalian sucking lice (Phthiraptera: Anoplura)
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:292 (22 September 2010)
Towards the simplification of MHC typing protocols: targeting classical MHC class II genes in a passerine, the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
BMC Research Notes 2010, 3:236 (5 September 2010)
Investigating portable fluorescent microscopy (CyScope ®) as an alternative rapid diagnostic test for malaria in children and women of child-bearing age
Malaria Journal 2010, 9:245 (27 August 2010)
The main point of interest and novelty of the article is the diagnostic accuracy of Cyscope versus light microscopy, pointing advantages and disadvantages of this low-cost fluorescence technology compared to traditional methods.
Intron-loss evolution of hatching enzyme genes in Teleostei
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:260 (27 August 2010)
Transfer RNA gene arrangement and codon usage in vertebrate mitochondrial genomes: a new insight into gene order conservation
BMC Genomics 2010, 11:479 (19 August 2010)
The dominant Anopheles vectors of human malaria in the Americas: occurrence data, distribution maps and bionomic précis
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:72 (16 August 2010)
The nations of the Americas have the lowest levels of Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax endemicity worldwide, sustained, in part, by substantive integrated vector control. To help maintain and better target these efforts, we present contemporary, predicted distribution maps for the nine dominant vector species (DVS) of the Americas, accompanied by a comprehensive review of their ecology and behaviour. Image: Occurrence data and predicted distribution of An. darlingi, one of the DVS of the Americas.
Comparative cost assessment of the Kato-Katz and FLOTAC techniques for soil-transmitted helminth diagnosis in epidemiological surveys
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:71 (14 August 2010)
The costs of single and duplicate Kato-Katz thick smears and the FLOTAC dual and double technique were determined in an epidemiological survey among schoolchildren in Zanzibar. Image: Kato-Katz thick smears to investigate soil-transmitted helminthiasis.
Epidemiology and control of intestinal schistosomiasis on the Sesse Islands, Uganda: integrating malacology and parasitology to tailor local treatment recommendations
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:64 (27 July 2010)
Intestinal schistosomiasis is typically endemic in fishing communities found on Lake Victoria shoreline but those on the Sesse Island group have yet to be formally assessed for their local treatment needs. Image: Aerial view of a fishing community village.
Complete mitochondrial genomes of Taenia multiceps, T. hydatigena and T. pisiformis: additional molecular markers for a tapeworm genus of human and animal health significance
BMC Genomics 2010, 11:447 (22 July 2010)
The evolution of antennal courtship in diplazontine parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Diplazontinae)
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:218 (20 July 2010)
The evolution of antennal courtship in parasitoid wasps has been reconstructed by investigating the antennal curling behaviour of dead specimens against a phylogeny, revealing that courtship characters evolved slowly and antennal courtship, once lost, is never reacquired.
ITS as an environmental DNA barcode for fungi: an in silico approach reveals potential PCR biases
BMC Microbiology 2010, 10:189 (9 July 2010)
The phylogeography of Indoplanorbis exustus (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) in Asia
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:57 (5 July 2010)
Partial cox1 and rrnL mitochondrial gene sequences indicated a late Pliocene radiation of Indoplanorbis exustus out of India into Southeast Asia, and that Southeast Asian and Sundaic populations may be a species distinct from Indian I. exustus. Indoplanorbis is an important snail intermediate host of species of Schistosoma infecting cattle and is involved in cercarial dermatitis in humans. Image: Indoplanorbis exustus from Thailand.
Mastacembelid eels support Lake Tanganyika as an evolutionary hotspot of diversification
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:188 (19 June 2010)
Reassessing the temporal evolution of orchids with new fossils and a Bayesian relaxed clock, with implications for the diversification of the rare South American genus Hoffmannseggella (Orchidaceae: Epidendroideae)
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:177 (14 June 2010)
Phylogenetics and biogeography of a spectacular Old World radiation of butterflies: the subtribe Mycalesina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrini)
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:172 (10 June 2010)
Moving polewards in winter: a recent change in the migratory strategy of a pelagic seabird?
Frontiers in Zoology 2010, 7:15 (19 May 2010)
Environmental risk mapping of canine leishmaniasis in France
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:31 (8 April 2010)
Environmental risk map of canine leishmaniasis in France obtained by an ecological approach of the disease spatial distribution and niche modelling. Image: Southern France risk map.
The first metazoa living in permanently anoxic conditions
BMC Biology 2010, 8:30 (6 April 2010)
An expedition to a deep sea hypersaline anoxic basin in the Mediterranean has discovered the first multicellular animals that live and reproduce in the absence of oxygen.
Large-scale transcriptome data reveals transcriptional activity of fission yeast LTR retrotransposons
BMC Genomics 2010, 11:167 (12 March 2010)
Evolutionary history of anglerfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes): a mitogenomic perspective
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:58 (23 February 2010)
Performance of circulating cathodic antigen (CCA) urine-dipsticks for rapid detection of intestinal schistosomiasis in schoolchildren from shoreline communities of Lake Victoria
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:7 (5 February 2010)
The performance of urine-CCA dipsticks was assessed directly against traditional parasitological detection of intestinal schistosomiasis to highlight that dipsticks are a suitable alternative for disease mapping and surveillance. Image: Visual cross-checking results of CCA-dipsticks.
Ancient origin of a Western Mediterranean radiation of subterranean beetles
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:29 (28 January 2010)
Western Mediterranean Leptodirini originated in the Early–Mid Oligocene and adapted to living in caves in the main areas where they are found today by the Late Oligocene, while diversification has occurred since the Early Miocene.
Biogeography and evolution of the Carassius auratus-complex in East Asia
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:7 (12 January 2010)
Snake mitochondrial genomes: phylogenetic relationships and implications of extended taxon sampling for interpretations of mitogenomic evolution
BMC Genomics 2010, 11:14 (7 January 2010)
Phylogenetic footprinting of non-coding RNA: hammerhead ribozyme sequences in a satellite DNA family of Dolichopoda cave crickets (Orthoptera, Rhaphidophoridae)
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:3 (4 January 2010)