Imperial College London

ProfessorVincentSavolainen

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Professor of Organismic Biology
 
 
 
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N.1-17MunroSilwood Park

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Esin A, Bergendahl LT, Savolainen V, Marsh JA, Warnecke Tet al., 2018, The genetic basis and evolution of red blood cell sickling in deer, NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, Vol: 2, Pages: 367-+, ISSN: 2397-334X

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Herraiz A, Stokes L, Turnbull C, Hutton I, Baker W, Savolainen Vet al., 2018, Developing a new variety of kentia palms (Howea forsteriana): up-regulation of cytochrome b561 and chalcone synthase is associated with red colouration of the stems, Botany Letters, Pages: 1-7, ISSN: 2381-8107

© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group The kentia palm (Howea forsteriana) is endemic to a 12 km2volcanic island in the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island. It is one of the most traded houseplants in the world. The typical kentia palm presents a dark green-coloured stem. Note that the stem is made of leaf rachis and petioles, which are intermingled towards the base. However, we discovered on Lord Howe Island a new biological variety that has a red stem. Red-stemmed palm species are known and highly demanded as decorative plants. However, these red palm horticultural varieties require tropical or subtropical conditions to grow, hence commercialization is limited. Thus, a red-stemmed variety of H. forsteriana may have tremendous market potential. Nonetheless, palm trees grow generally slowly and often reach maturity at 15–20 years old or later, which may make conventional strategies unsuitable for the propagation of a new variety. This difficulty needs to be addressed before commercialization can be achieved. Here, we found that anthocyanin is responsible for the red colouration of the stem in the new variety. Using RNA sequencing and quantitative PCR, we identified two gene isoforms displaying altered expression associated with this red colouration, encoding a cytochrome b561 and a chalcone synthase. The latter protein is known to be part of the anthocyanin biosynthesis pathway, which plays a central role in pigmentation in plants. The levels of cytochrome b561 transcripts accumulated were found to be well correlated with an increased anthocyanin concentration in the red stems.

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Osborne OG, De-Kayne R, Bidartondo MI, Hutton I, Baker WJ, Turnbull CGN, Savolainen Vet al., 2018, Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi promote coexistence and niche divergence of sympatric palm species on a remote oceanic island, NEW PHYTOLOGIST, Vol: 217, Pages: 1254-1266, ISSN: 0028-646X

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Dunn N, Priestley V, Herraiz A, Arnold R, Savolainen Vet al., 2017, Behavior and season affect crayfish detection and density inference using environmental DNA, ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, Vol: 7, Pages: 7777-7785, ISSN: 2045-7758

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Savolainen V, 2017, Isabelle Olivieri (1957-2016), JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, Vol: 30, Pages: 224-224, ISSN: 1010-061X

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Tang CQ, Orme CDL, Bunnefeld L, Jones FA, Powell S, Chase MW, Barraclough TG, Savolainen Vet al., 2017, Global monocot diversification: geography explains variation in species richness better than environment or biology, BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, Vol: 183, Pages: 1-15, ISSN: 0024-4074

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Chase MW, Salamin N, Wilkinson M, Dunwell JM, Kesanakurthi RP, Haider N, Savolainen Vet al., 2016, Land plants and DNA barcodes: short-term and long-term goals (vol 360, pg 1889, 2005), PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Vol: 371, ISSN: 0962-8436

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Ciezarek AG, Dunning LT, Jones CS, Noble LR, Humble E, Stefanni SS, Savolainen Vet al., 2016, Substitutions in the Glycogenin-1 Gene Are Associated with the Evolution of Endothermy in Sharks and Tunas, GENOME BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, Vol: 8, Pages: 3011-3021, ISSN: 1759-6653

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Dunning LT, Hipperson H, Baker WJ, Butlin RK, Devaux C, Hutton I, Igea J, Papadopulos AST, Quan X, Smadja CM, Turnbull CGN, Savolainen Vet al., 2016, Ecological speciation in sympatric palms: 1. Gene expression, selection and pleiotropy, JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, Vol: 29, Pages: 1472-1487, ISSN: 1010-061X

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Helmstetter AJ, Papadopulos AST, Igea J, van Dooren TJM, Leroi AM, Savolainen Vet al., 2016, Viviparity stimulates diversification in an order of fish, NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, Vol: 7, ISSN: 2041-1723

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Hipperson H, Dunning LT, Baker WJ, Butlin RK, Hutton I, Papadopulos AST, Smadja CM, Wilson TC, Devaux C, Savolainen Vet al., 2016, Ecological speciation in sympatric palms: 2. Pre- and post-zygotic isolation, JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, Vol: 29, Pages: 2143-2156, ISSN: 1010-061X

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Savolainen V, Hodgson J, 2016, Evolution of Homosexuality, Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, ISBN: 9783319169996

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Swift DG, Dunning LT, Igea J, Brooks EJ, Jones CS, Noble LR, Ciezarek A, Humble E, Savolainen Vet al., 2016, Evidence of positive selection associated with placental loss in tiger sharks, BMC EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, Vol: 16, ISSN: 1471-2148

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Cornetti L, Valente LM, Dunning LT, Quan X, Black RA, Hebert O, Savolainen Vet al., 2015, The Genome of the "Great Speciator" Provides Insights into Bird Diversification, GENOME BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, Vol: 7, Pages: 2680-2691, ISSN: 1759-6653

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Igea J, Bogarin D, Papadopulos AST, Savolainen Vet al., 2015, A comparative analysis of island floras challenges taxonomy-based biogeographical models of speciation, EVOLUTION, Vol: 69, Pages: 482-491, ISSN: 0014-3820

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Heuertz M, Duminil J, Dauby G, Savolainen V, Hardy OJet al., 2014, Comparative Phylogeography in Rainforest Trees from Lower Guinea, Africa, PLOS ONE, Vol: 9, ISSN: 1932-6203

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Lim J, Crawley MJ, De Vere N, Rich T, Savolainen Vet al., 2014, A phylogenetic analysis of the British flora sheds light on the evolutionary and ecological factors driving plant invasions, ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, Vol: 4, Pages: 4258-4269, ISSN: 2045-7758

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Papadopulos AST, Kaye M, Devaux C, Hipperson H, Lighten J, Dunning LT, Hutton I, Baker WJ, Butlin RK, Savolainen Vet al., 2014, Evaluation of genetic isolation within an island flora reveals unusually widespread local adaptation and supports sympatric speciation, PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Vol: 369, ISSN: 0962-8436

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Saslis-Lagoudakis CH, Hawkins JA, Greenhill SJ, Pendry CA, Watson MF, Tuladhar-Douglas W, Baral SR, Savolainen Vet al., 2014, The evolution of traditional knowledge: environment shapes medicinal plant use in Nepal, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Vol: 281, ISSN: 0962-8452

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Valente LM, Britton AW, Powell MP, Papadopulos AST, Burgoyne PM, Savolainen Vet al., 2014, Correlates of hyperdiversity in southern African ice plants (Aizoaceae), BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, Vol: 174, Pages: 110-129, ISSN: 0024-4074

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Besnard G, Khadari B, Navascues M, Fernandez-Mazuecos M, El Bakkali A, Arrigo N, Baali-Cherif D, de Caraffa VB-B, Santoni S, Vargas P, Savolainen Vet al., 2013, The complex history of the olive tree: from Late Quaternary diversification of Mediterranean lineages to primary domestication in the northern Levant, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Vol: 280, ISSN: 0962-8452

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Bezeng BS, Savolainen V, Yessoufou K, Papadopulos AST, Maurin O, Van der Bank Met al., 2013, A phylogenetic approach towards understanding the drivers of plant invasiveness on Robben Island, South Africa, BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, Vol: 172, Pages: 142-152, ISSN: 0024-4074

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Dyer RJ, Pellicer J, Savolainen V, Leitch IJ, Schneider Het al., 2013, Genome size expansion and the relationship between nuclear DNA content and spore size in the Asplenium monanthes fern complex (Aspleniaceae), BMC PLANT BIOLOGY, Vol: 13, ISSN: 1471-2229

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Guschanski K, Krause J, Sawyer S, Valente LM, Bailey S, Finstermeier K, Sabin R, Gilissen E, Sonet G, Nagy ZT, Lenglet G, Mayer F, Savolainen Vet al., 2013, Next-Generation Museomics Disentangles One of the Largest Primate Radiations, SYSTEMATIC BIOLOGY, Vol: 62, Pages: 539-554, ISSN: 1063-5157

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Jones FA, Sobkowiak B, Orme CDL, Govaerts R, Savolainen Vet al., 2013, Macroecological correlates of global monocot species richness, Conference on Early Events in Monocot Evolution, Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, Pages: 99-117, ISSN: 0309-2593

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McInnes L, Jones FA, Orme CDL, Sobkowiak B, Barraclough TG, Chase MW, Govaerts R, Soltis DE, Soltis PS, Savolainen Vet al., 2013, Do Global Diversity Patterns of Vertebrates Reflect Those of Monocots?, PLOS ONE, Vol: 8, ISSN: 1932-6203

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Papadopulos AST, Powell MP, Pupulin F, Warner J, Hawkins JA, Salamin N, Chittka L, Williams NH, Whitten WM, Loader D, Valente LM, Chase MW, Savolainen Vet al., 2013, Convergent evolution of floral signals underlies the success of Neotropical orchids, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Vol: 280, ISSN: 0962-8452

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Papadopulos AST, Price Z, Devaux C, Hipperson H, Smadja CM, Hutton I, Baker WJ, Butlin RK, Savolainen Vet al., 2013, A comparative analysis of the mechanisms underlying speciation on Lord Howe Island, JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, Vol: 26, Pages: 733-745, ISSN: 1010-061X

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Yessoufou K, Davies TJ, Maurin O, Kuzmina M, Schaefer H, van der Bank M, Savolainen Vet al., 2013, Large herbivores favour species diversity but have mixed impacts on phylogenetic community structure in an African savanna ecosystem, JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, Vol: 101, Pages: 614-625, ISSN: 0022-0477

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Baraloto C, Hardy OJ, Paine CET, Dexter KG, Cruaud C, Dunning LT, Gonzalez M-A, Molino J-F, Sabatier D, Savolainen V, Chave Jet al., 2012, Using functional traits and phylogenetic trees to examine the assembly of tropical tree communities, JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, Vol: 100, Pages: 690-701, ISSN: 0022-0477

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