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Signatures of Environmental Adaptation During Range Expansion of Wild Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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Gepts, Paul (2019). Signatures of Environmental Adaptation During Range Expansion of Wild Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) [Dataset]. Dryad.


Landscape genomics integrates population genetics with landscape ecology, allowing the identification of putative molecular determinants involved in environmental adaptation across the natural geographic and ecological range of populations. Wild Phaseolus vulgaris, the progenitor of common bean (P. vulgaris), has a remarkably extended distribution over 10,000 km from northern Mexico to northwestern Argentina. Earlier research has shown that this distribution represents a range expansion from Mesoamerica to the southern Andes through several discrete migration events and that the species colonized areas with different temperature and rainfall compared to its core area of origin. Thus, this species provides an opportunity to examine to what extent adaptation of a species can be broadened or, conversely, ecological or geographical distribution can be limited by inherent adaptedness. In the current study, we applied a landscape genomics approach to a collection of 246 wild common bean accessions representative of its broad geographical and climatic distribution and genotyped for ~20K SNPs. We applied two different but complementary approaches for identifying loci putatively involved in environmental adaptation: i) an outlier-detection method that identifies loci showing strong differentiation between sub-populations; ii) an association method based on the identification of loci associated with bio-climatic variables. This integrated approach allowed the identification of several genes showing signature of selection across the different natural sub-populations of this species, as well as genes associated with specific bio-climatic variables related to temperature and precipitation. The current study demonstrates the feasibility of landscape genomics approach for a preliminary identification of specific populations and novel candidate genes involved in environmental adaptation in P. vulgaris. As a resource for broadening the genetic diversity of the domesticated gene pool of this species, the genes identified constitute potential molecular markers and introgression targets for the breeding improvement of domesticated common bean.


See Ariani A, Berny Mier y Teran J, Gepts P. Spatial and temporal scales of range expansion in wild Phaseolus vulgaris. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2018;35(1):119-31. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msx273.


U.S. Department of Agriculture, Award: 2013-67013-21224