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Emerging Systems

Guest Edited by Michalis Averof and Chiara Sinigaglia

Many exciting, unresolved questions in biology lie outside the reach of classic model organisms. The Emerging Systems series presents established but lesser known experimental organisms that broaden the scope of biological research. The articles highlight the importance of developing new experimental approaches to explore diverse questions, the challenges in doing this, and the appeal of exploiting the unique features of each species.

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Introduction to emerging systems
Michalis Averof & Chiara Sinigaglia
EvoDevo 2020 11:8 | Editorial | Published on: 16 April 2020

  1. The Nereid Platynereis dumerilii (Audouin and Milne Edwards (Annales des Sciences Naturelles 1:195–269, 1833) is a marine annelid that belongs to the Nereididae, a family of errant polychaete worms. The Nereid sh...

    Authors: B. Duygu Özpolat, Nadine Randel, Elizabeth A. Williams, Luis Alberto Bezares-Calderón, Gabriele Andreatta, Guillaume Balavoine, Paola Y. Bertucci, David E. K. Ferrier, Maria Cristina Gambi, Eve Gazave, Mette Handberg-Thorsager, Jörg Hardege, Cameron Hird, Yu-Wen Hsieh, Jerome Hui, Kevin Nzumbi Mutemi…
    Citation: EvoDevo 2021 12:10
  2. Annual fishes of the genus Nothobranchius inhabit ephemeral habitats in Eastern and Southeastern Africa. Their life cycle is characterized by very rapid maturation, a posthatch lifespan of a few weeks to month...

    Authors: Eva Terzibasi Tozzini and Alessandro Cellerino
    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:25
  3. The freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis has a long research history, but only relatively recently has it emerged as an attractive model organism to study molecular mechanisms in the areas of developmental biology ...

    Authors: Reiko Kuroda and Masanori Abe
    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:24
  4. Anemonefish, are a group of about 30 species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) that have long aroused the interest of coral reef fish ecologists. Combining a series of original biological traits and practical feat...

    Authors: Natacha Roux, Pauline Salis, Shu-Hua Lee, Laurence Besseau and Vincent Laudet
    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:20
  5. Ectocarpus is a genus of filamentous, marine brown algae. Brown algae belong to the stramenopiles, a large supergroup of organisms that are only distantly related to animals, land plants and fungi. Brown algae ar...

    Authors: Susana M. Coelho, Akira F. Peters, Dieter Müller and J. Mark Cock
    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:19
  6. The small teleost fish Astyanax mexicanus has emerged as an outstanding model for studying many biological topics in the context of evolution. A major attribute is conspecific surface dwelling (surface fish) and ...

    Authors: William R. Jeffery
    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:14
  7. The transition of life from single cells to more complex multicellular forms has occurred at least two dozen times among eukaryotes and is one of the major evolutionary transitions, but the early steps that en...

    Authors: James G. Umen
    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:13
  8. Hydractinia, a genus of colonial marine cnidarians, has been used as a model organism for developmental biology and comparative immunology for over a century. It was this animal where stem cells and germ cells we...

    Authors: Uri Frank, Matthew L. Nicotra and Christine E. Schnitzler
    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:7
  9. The common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum, belonging to the Chelicerata in the phylum Arthropoda, has emerged as an experimental system for studying mechanisms of development from an evolutionary standpoi...

    Authors: Hiroki Oda and Yasuko Akiyama-Oda
    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:6
  10. Macrostomum lignano is a free-living flatworm that is emerging as an attractive experimental animal for research on a broad range of biological questions. One feature setting it apart from other flatworms is the ...

    Authors: Jakub Wudarski, Bernhard Egger, Steven A. Ramm, Lukas Schärer, Peter Ladurner, Kira S. Zadesenets, Nikolay B. Rubtsov, Stijn Mouton and Eugene Berezikov
    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:5