Navigation Links
Genetic study of cave millipedes reveals isolated populations and ancient divergence between species
Date:10/17/2011

Last week the International Journal of Myriapodology published the first population genetic study of cave millipedes. This research highlights an important challenge in the conservation of cave biodiversity that for many species caves are 'islands' of habitat that support isolated and genetically distinct populations.

The southern Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee and Alabama, USA is known for its high cave density. In addition, it has the highest cave biodiversity of any region in North America. Millipedes of the genus Tetracion range across this biodiversity hotspot. These millipedes, which can grow up to 8 cm in length, are common scavengers in cave communities. Like many cave animals, Tetracion millipedes have reduced pigmentation and non-functional eyes.

The authors used genetic techniques to compare Tetracion populations and species. They found that Tetracion populations were generally isolated from one another. In addition, divergence between Tetracion species was high, suggesting that members of the genus diverged several million years ago.


'/>"/>

Contact: Kirk Zigler
kzigler@sewanee.edu
Pensoft Publishers
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Largest ever genetic study of liver function could point the way to new treatments
2. Einstein College of Medicine given $6.7 million to study congenital heart defect genetics
3. Genetic biopsy of human eggs might help pick the best for IVF
4. The establishment of genetically engineered canola populations in the US
5. Scripps and Complete Genomics to collaborate on genetic research study on healthy aging
6. Do long-lived crops differ from annual crops in their genetic response to human domestication?
7. Clemson University biochemists identify new genetic code repair tool
8. UCLA Engineering researchers help develop complete map of mouse genetic variation
9. New discoveries in genetics of lung health
10. Team creates genetic GPS system to comprehensively locate and track inhibitory nerve cells
11. Twin study reveals epigenetic alterations of psychiatric disorders
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Genetic study of cave millipedes reveals isolated populations and ancient divergence between species
(Date:4/13/2017)... According to a new market research report "Consumer IAM Market by Solution ... Authentication Type, Deployment Mode, Vertical, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", ... 14.30 Billion in 2017 to USD 31.75 Billion by 2022, at a ... ... MarketsandMarkets Logo ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... N.Y. , April 11, 2017 ... fingerprints, but researchers at the New York University ... College of Engineering have found that partial similarities ... security systems used in mobile phones and other ... thought. The vulnerability lies in the ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... April 5, 2017  The Allen Institute for Cell ... Explorer: a one-of-a-kind portal and dynamic digital window into ... data, the first application of deep learning to create ... cell lines and a growing suite of powerful tools. ... these and future publicly available resources created and shared ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... ... Justin Zalewsky in offering LANAP® and LAPIP™ laser treatments. Drs. Hoge and Zalewsky ... to patients, a minimally invasive and less painful option that produces real results. ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... which includes executive, engineering and manufacturing functions to The LaunchPort™ Accelerator at the ... provide a full range of manufacturing and business services to its Residents. ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... clinical client portal. Each relaunch of the portal includes new features that facilitate ... medical device companies seek to remain at the forefront of medical advancements, they ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... When a downtown Greenville ... was swift and efficient thanks to the continuing efforts of members of the ... more than 50 stakeholders, including officials from area counties and cities, Renewable Water ...
Breaking Biology Technology: