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Dimensions US-BIOTA-Sao Paulo: traits as predictors of adaptive diversification along the Brazilian Dry Diagonal

Grant number: 18/03428-5
Support Opportunities:BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
Duration: September 01, 2018 - August 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics
Convênio/Acordo: NSF - Dimensions of Biodiversity and BIOTA
Principal Investigator:Vera Nisaka Solferini
Grantee:Vera Nisaka Solferini
Principal researcher abroad: Scott Vernon Edwards
Institution abroad: Harvard University, United States
Host Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
( Atuais )
Evandro Marsola de Moraes ; Fábio Sarubbi Raposo do Amaral ; Fernando de Faria Franco ; Luciano Antonio Digiampietri
Pesquisadores principais:
( Anteriores )
Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Associated researchers:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad ; Danilo Trabuco Do Amaral ; Danon Clemes Cardoso ; Evandro Marsola de Moraes ; Fernando de Faria Franco ; Guarino Rinaldi Colli ; Isabel Aparecida da Silva Bonatelli ; Jair Francisco Mendes Júnior ; José Paulo Leite Guadanucci ; Luciano Antonio Digiampietri ; Luciano Nicolas Naka ; Maykon Passos Cristiano ; Thiago Gonçalves Souza
Associated scholarship(s):23/09628-4 - Organization, preparation, and maintenance of the Cactaceae biological collection at the Laboratory of Genetic Diversity and Evolution, BP.TT
22/08482-3 - Phylogeography of mandacaru cacti (Cereus Mill.: Cactaceae) associated with limestone rocky outcrops in eastern Brazil, BP.MS
22/02669-4 - Phylogeography of the Cerrado endemic species of spiders Dolichothele mottai Revollo, Silva & Bertani, 2017 (Aranae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae), BP.MS
+ associated scholarships 22/02373-8 - Identification of phenotypes associated to adaptation in Ischnothele (Araneae, Ischnothelidae) on Brazilian dry diagonal, BP.IC
20/07556-8 - Genetic basis of adaptation of manakins (Passeriformes: Pipridae) to Neotropical habitats, BP.PD
20/08998-4 - Adaptive genomic signatures in Cereus (Cactaceae) From the Brazilian Dry Diagonal, BP.DD
20/03148-2 - Integrating genetic data, phenotypic traits and abiotic factors to investigate the adaptation of spiders in the Brazilian Dry Diagonal, BP.DD
19/11233-2 - Phylogeny, biogeography and trait evolution of Melocactus link & Otto and Discocactus Pfeiff. genera (Cactaceae), BP.DD
19/17077-2 - Genomic signatures of adaptation in the Brazilian Dry Diagonal, BP.PD
19/04350-2 - Dimensions US-BIOTA-São Paulo: traits as predictors of adaptive diversification along the Brazilian Dry Diagonal, BP.IC - associated scholarships


The Dry Diagonal (DD) contains a number of environments including the Caatinga and Cerrado that span over 1/3 the area of Brazil, as well as the Chaco of northern Argentina. Because of its perceived lower biodiversity for many taxa than in better known biomes such as the Amazon basin and the Atlantic forest, evolutionary processes in the DD have received much less attention from biologists, even though the DD, in particular the Cerrado, is likely the most endangered major biome in Brazil. The Dry Diagonal Dimensions Project will take a multilevel trait-based approach to understanding the origins and adaptive processes of plants, animals and fungi in the Brazilian DD. We will use a machine-learning approach to identify traits that facilitate or retard speciation for lineages entering the DD. We will then determine how DD biomes act to filter communities from species pools in adjacent habitats (Amazon, AF and others) using a trait-based community-phylogenetic framework that accounts for random assembly, competition, and habitat filtering. Finally, using next-generation sequencing, we will conduct comparative phylogeographic surveys of multiple lineages, whole-genome re-sequencing and transcriptomics to identify genomic drivers of trait divergence in the DD. Together these studies will identify functional, phylogenetic and genomic drivers of adaptation and phenotypic divergence in one of the most poorly understood but consequential habitats in Brazil. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DO NASCIMENTO SANTIAGO, CAIO RAFAEL; BARBOSA ASSIS, RENATA DE ALMEIDA; MOREIRA, LEANDRO MARCIO; DIGIAMPIETRI, LUCIANO ANTONIO. Gene Tags Assessment by Comparative Genomics (GTACG ): A User-Friendly Framework for Bacterial Comparative Genomics. FRONTIERS IN GENETICS, v. 10, . (18/03428-5)
BOMBONATO, JULIANA RODRIGUES; DO AMARAL, DANILO TRABUCO; RODRIGUES SILVA, GISLAINE ANGELICA; KHAN, GULZAR; MORAES, EVANDRO M.; DA SILVA ANDRADE, SONIA CRISTINA; EATON, DEREN A. R.; ALONSO, DIEGO PERES; MARTINS RIBOLLA, PAULO EDUARDO; TAYLOR, NIGEL; et al. The potential of genome-wide RAD sequences for resolving rapid radiations: a case study in Cactaceae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 151, . (18/03428-5, 14/25227-0)
GHIROTTO, VICTOR MORAIS; INDICATTI, RAFAEL PREZZI; LEITE GUADANUCCI, JOSE PAULO. The genus Stenoterommata Holmberg, 1881 (Araneae, Pycnothelidae) in the Cerrado and Atlantic Forest from Southeastern and Central Brazil: description of four new species. ZOOSYSTEMA, v. 43, n. 17, p. 311-339, . (17/11985-9, 12/18287-1, 18/03428-5, 03/05487-3)
AMARAL, DANILO TRABUCO; BOMBONATO, JULIANA RODRIGUES; DA SILVA ANDRADE, SONIA CRISTINA; MORAES, EVANDRO MARSOLA; FRANCO, FERNANDO FARIA. The genome of a thorny species: comparative genomic analysis among South and North American Cactaceae. PLANTA, v. 254, n. 3, . (14/25227-0, 18/03428-5)
PAZ, ANDREA; BROWN, JASON L.; CORDEIRO, CARLOS L. O.; AGUIRRE-SANTORO, JULIAN; ASSIS, CLAYDSON; AMARO, RENATA CECILIA; RAPOSO DO AMARAL, FABIO; BOCHORNY, THUANE; BACCI, LUCAS F.; CADDAH, MAYARA K.; et al. Environmental correlates of taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity in the Atlantic Forest. Journal of Biogeography, v. 48, n. 6, . (11/50143-7, 13/50297-0, 03/10335-8, 11/50146-6, 18/03428-5, 11/50225-3, 17/26162-8, 11/23155-4)
ROBERTO, IGOR JOVENTINO; LOEBMANN, DANIEL; LYRA, MARIANA L.; HADDAD, CELIOF B.; AVILA, ROBSON WALDEMAR. new species of Pristimantis Jimenez de la Espada, 1870 (Anura: Strabomantidae) from the ``Brejos de Altitude{''} in Northeast Brazi. Zootaxa, v. 5100, n. 4, p. 521-540, . (13/50741-7, 17/26162-8, 18/03428-5)
THOME, MARIA TEREZA C.; CARSTENS, BRYAN C.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT; GALETTI JR, PEDRO MANOEL JR; ALEXANDRINO, JOAO; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.. A role of asynchrony of seasons in explaining genetic differentiation in a Neotropical toad. HEREDITY, v. 127, n. 4, . (11/51392-0, 13/50741-7, 11/50146-6, 18/03428-5, 03/10335-8, 12/06611-9)
THOM, GREGORY; SMITH, BRIAN TILSTON; GEHARA, MARCELO; MONTESANTI, JULIA; LIMA-RIBEIRO, MATHEUS S.; PIACENTINI, VITOR Q.; MIYAKI, CRISTINA Y.; DO AMARAL, FABIO RAPOSO. Climatic dynamics and topography control genetic variation in Atlantic Forest montane birds. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 148, . (11/50143-7, 13/50297-0, 11/23155-4, 17/25720-7, 18/17869-3, 18/03428-5)
THOM, GREGORY; GEHARA, MARCELO; SMITH, BRIAN TILSTON; MIYAKI, CRISTINA Y.; DO AMARAL, FABIO RAPOSO. Microevolutionary dynamics show tropical valleys are deeper for montane birds of the Atlantic Forest. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, v. 12, n. 1, . (11/50143-7, 17/25720-7, 18/03428-5, 13/50297-0, 11/23155-4, 18/17869-3)
CAMURUGI, FELIPE; GEHARA, MARCELO; FONSECA, EMANUEL M.; ZAMUDIO, KELLY R.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; COLLI, GUARINO R.; THOME, MARIA TEREZA C.; PRADO, CYNTHIA P. A.; NAPOLI, MARCELO F.; GARDA, ADRIAN A.. Isolation by environment and recurrent gene flow shaped the evolutionary history of a continentally distributed Neotropical treefrog. Journal of Biogeography, v. 48, n. 4, . (04/00709-0, 13/50741-7, 18/03428-5)
THOME, MARIA TEREZA C.; CARSTENS, BRYAN C.; RODRIGUES, MIGUEL T.; ALEXANDRINO, JOAO; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.. Genomic data from the Brazilian sibilator frog reveal contrasting pleistocene dynamics and regionalism in two South American dry biomes. Journal of Biogeography, v. 48, n. 5, . (13/09088-8, 11/50146-6, 11/51392-0, 18/03428-5, 13/50741-7)

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