Molecular signals for Late Tertiary Early Quaternary range splits of an Eurasian steppe plant: Clausia aprica (Brassicaceae)

Autor(en): Franzke, A
Hurka, H
Janssen, D
Neuffer, B 
Friesen, N 
Markov, M
Mummenhoff, K 
Stichwörter: ARABIDOPSIS; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; BIOGEOGRAPHY; Clausia aprica; COLONIZATION; Ecology; Environmental Sciences & Ecology; Eurasian steppe belt; EVOLUTION; Evolutionary Biology; ice ages; NUCLEAR; PHYLOGENY; PHYLOGEOGRAPHY; RIBOSOMAL DNA; SEQUENCES; SPECIATION
Erscheinungsdatum: 2004
Herausgeber: WILEY
Volumen: 13
Ausgabe: 9
Startseite: 2789
Seitenende: 2795
Several vegetation belts stretch continuously from Europe to Asia, taiga and steppe being most prominent. Numerous plant species within these belts share a conspicuous distribution area, which is longitudinally contracted or disrupted approximately along longitude 70degrees E. To date no hypothesis for this intriguing distribution pattern has been put forward. We detected molecular footprints in the contemporary genetic composition in nuclear DNA (ITS1, ITS2) and chloroplast DNA (trnL-trnF spacer region) of the steppe element Clausia aprica (Brassicaceae) providing evidence for a severe longitudinal range split and genetic differentiation east of the Ural Mountains about 1 million years ago caused by Quaternary climatic oscillations. Clausia aprica provides the first phylogeographical analysis on the intraspecific evolution of an Eurasian steppe plant.
ISSN: 09621083
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2004.02272.x

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