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dc.contributor.author Werner, Gijsbert D. A.
dc.contributor.author Cornwell, William K.
dc.contributor.author Sprent, Janet I.
dc.contributor.author Kattge, Jens
dc.contributor.author Kiers, E. Toby
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-12T14:54:05Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-12T14:54:05Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06-10
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.05k14
dc.identifier.citation Werner GDA, Cornwell WK, Sprent JI, Kattge J, Kiers ET (2014) A single evolutionary innovation drives the deep evolution of symbiotic N2-fixation in angiosperms. Nature Communications 5: 4087.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.64119
dc.description Symbiotic associations occur in every habitat on earth, but we know very little about their evolutionary histories. Current models of trait evolution cannot adequately reconstruct the deep history of symbiotic innovation, because they assume homogenous evolutionary processes across millions of years. Here we use a recently developed, heterogeneous and quantitative phylogenetic framework to study the origin of the symbiosis between angiosperms and nitrogen-fixing (N2) bacterial symbionts housed in nodules. We compile the largest database of global nodulating plant species and reconstruct the symbiosis’ evolution. We identify a single, cryptic evolutionary innovation driving symbiotic N2-fixation evolution, followed by multiple gains and losses of the symbiosis, and the subsequent emergence of ‘stable fixers’ (clades extremely unlikely to lose the symbiosis). Originating over 100 MYA, this innovation suggests deep homology in symbiotic N2-fixation. Identifying cryptic innovations on the tree of life is key to understanding the evolution of complex traits, including symbiotic partnerships.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.05k14/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1038/ncomms5087
dc.relation.isreferencedby PMID:24912610
dc.subject evolution
dc.subject phylogenetics
dc.subject symbiosis
dc.subject mutualism
dc.subject ancestral state reconstruction
dc.subject trait evolution
dc.subject nodulation
dc.subject symbiotic nitrogen fixation
dc.subject rhizobia
dc.title Data from: A single evolutionary innovation drives the deep evolution of symbiotic N2-fixation in angiosperms
dc.type Article
dwc.ScientificName Legumes
dwc.ScientificName Fabaceae
dwc.ScientificName Leguminosae
dwc.ScientificName Fabales
dwc.ScientificName Rosales
dwc.ScientificName Cucurbitales
dwc.ScientificName Fagales
dwc.ScientificName Rhizobia
dwc.ScientificName Frankia
prism.publicationName Nature Communications

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