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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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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Osborne OG, De-Kayne R, Bidartondo MI, Hutton I, Baker WJ, Turnbull CGN, Savolainen Vet al., 2017, Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi promote coexistence and niche divergence of sympatric palm species on a remote oceanic island., New Phytol

Microbes can have profound effects on their hosts, driving natural selection, promoting speciation and determining species distributions. However, soil-dwelling microbes are rarely investigated as drivers of evolutionary change in plants. We used metabarcoding and experimental manipulation of soil microbiomes to investigate the impact of soil and root microbes in a well-known case of sympatric speciation, the Howea palms of Lord Howe Island (Australia). Whereas H. forsteriana can grow on both calcareous and volcanic soils, H. belmoreana is restricted to, but more successful on, volcanic soil, indicating a trade-off in adaptation to the two soil types. We suggest a novel explanation for this trade-off. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are significantly depleted in H. forsteriana on volcanic soil, relative to both H. belmoreana on volcanic soil and H. forsteriana on calcareous soil. This is mirrored by the results of survival experiments, where the sterilization of natural soil reduces Howea fitness in every soil-species combination except H. forsteriana on volcanic soil. Furthermore, AMF-associated genes exhibit evidence of divergent selection between Howea species. These results show a mechanism by which divergent adaptation can have knock-on effects on host-microbe interactions, thereby reducing interspecific competition and promoting the coexistence of plant sister species.

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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, 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

The great majority of plant species in the tropics require animals to achieve pollination, but the exact role of floral signals in attraction of animal pollinators is often debated.Many plants provide a floral reward to attract a guild of pollinators, and it has been proposed that floral signals of non-rewarding species may converge on those of rewarding species to exploit the relationship of the latter with their pollinators. In the orchid family (Orchidaceae), pollination is almost universally animal-mediated, but a third of species provide no floral reward, which suggests that deceptive pollination mechanisms are prevalent. Here, we examine floral colour and shape convergence inNeotropical plant communities, focusing on certain food-deceptive Oncidiinae orchids (e.g. Trichocentrum ascendens and Oncidium nebulosum) and rewarding species of Malpighiaceae. We show that the species from these two distantly related families are often more similar in floral colour and shape than expected by chance and propose that a system of multifarious floral mimicry-a form of Batesian mimicry that involves multiple models and is more complex than a simple one model- one mimic system-operates in these orchids. The same mimetic pollination system has evolved at least 14 times within the species-rich Oncidiinae throughout theNeotropics.These results help explain the extraordinarydiversificationof Neotropical orchids and highlight the complexity of plant-animal interactions. © 2013 The Authors.

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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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Cruaud A, Ronsted N, Chantarasuwan B, Chou LS, Clement WL, Couloux A, Cousins B, Genson G, Harrison RD, Hanson PE, Hossaert-Mckey M, Jabbour-Zahab R, Jousselin E, Kerdelhue C, Kjellberg F, Lopez-Vaamonde C, Peebles J, Peng Y-Q, Santinelo Pereira RA, Schramm T, Ubaidillah R, van Noort S, Weiblen GD, Yang D-R, Yodpinyanee A, Libeskind-Hadas R, Cook JM, Rasplus J-Y, Savolainen Vet al., 2012, An Extreme Case of Plant-Insect Codiversification: Figs and Fig-Pollinating Wasps, SYSTEMATIC BIOLOGY, Vol: 61, Pages: 1029-1047, ISSN: 1063-5157

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