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Molecular population genetics of elicitor-induced resistance genes in European aspen (Populus tremula L., Salicaceae)
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
2011 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 6, no 9, e24867- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Owing to their long life span and ecological dominance in many communities, forest trees are subject to attack from a diverse array of herbivores throughout their range, and have therefore developed a large number of both constitutive and inducible defenses. We used molecular population genetics methods to examine the evolution of eight genes in European aspen, Populus tremula, that are all associated with defensive responses against pests and/or pathogens, and have earlier been shown to become strongly up-regulated in poplars as a response to wounding and insect herbivory. Our results show that the majority of these defense genes show patterns of intraspecific polymorphism and site-frequency spectra that are consistent with a neutral model of evolution. However, two of the genes, both belonging to a small gene family of polyphenol oxidases, show multiple deviations from the neutral model. The gene PPO1 has a 600 bp region with a highly elevated K(A)/K(S) ratio and reduced synonymous diversity. PPO1 also shows a skew toward intermediate frequency variants in the SFS, and a pronounced fixation of non-synonymous mutations, all pointing to the fact that PPO1 has been subjected to recurrent selective sweeps. The gene PPO2 shows a marked excess of high frequency, derived variants and shows many of the same trends as PPO1 does, even though the pattern is less pronounced, suggesting that PPO2 might have been the target of a recent selective sweep. Our results supports data from both Populus and other species which have found that the the majority of defense-associated genes show few signs of selection but that a number of genes involved in mediating defense against herbivores show signs of adaptive evolution.

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Public Library of Science , 2011. Vol. 6, no 9, e24867- p.
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Biological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50727DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024867PubMedID: 21949772OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-50727DiVA: diva2:467849
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Molecular population genetics of inducible defense genes in Populus tremula
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Molecular population genetics of inducible defense genes in Populus tremula
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Plant-herbivore interactions are among the most common of ecological interactions. It is therefore not surprising that plants have evolved multiple mechanisms to defend themselves, using both constitutive chemical and physical barriers and by induced responses which are only expressed after herbivory has occurred. Herbivores, on the other hand, respond to these plant defenses by evolving counter-adaptations which makes defenses less effective or even useless. Adaptation can occur at different geographical scales, with varying coevolutionary interactions across a spatially heterogenous landscape. By looking at the underlying genes responsible for these defensive traits and herbivore related phenotypic traits, it is possible to investigate the coevolutionary history of these plant- herbivore interactions. Here I use molecular population genetic tools to investigate the evolutionary history of several inducible defense genes in European Aspen (Populus tremula) in Sweden. Two genes, belonging to the Polyphenol oxidase gene-family (PPO1 and PPO2), show skews in their site frequency spectrum together with patterns of diversity and divergence from an outgroup which correspond to signatures of adaptive evolution (Paper II). 71 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from seven inducible defense genes (PPO1-PPO3, TI2-TI5) show elevated levels of population differentiation compared to control genes (genes not involved in plant defense), and 10 of these defense SNPs show strong signatures of natural selection (Paper III). These 71 defense SNPs also divides a sample of Swedish P. tremula trees into three distinct geographical groups, corresponding to a Southern, Central and Northern cluster, a patterns that is not present in control SNPs (Paper III). The same geographical pattern, with a distinct Northern cluster, is also observed in several phenotypic traits related to herbivory in our common garden in Sävar (Paper IV). These phenotypic traits show patterns of apparent local maladaptation of the herbivore community to the host population which could indicate the presence of “information coevolution” between plants and herbivores (Paper IV). 15 unique defense SNPs also show significant associations to eight phenotypic traits but the causal effects of these SNP associations may be confounded by the geographic structure found in both the underlying genes and in the phenotypic traits. The co-occurrence of population structure in both defense genes and herbivore community traits may be the result from historical events during the post-glacial recolonization of Sweden.

Abstract [sv]

Interaktioner mellan växter och herbivorer är bland de vanligaste ekologiska interaktionerna och det är därför inte förvånande att växter har utvecklat flera olika mekanismer för att försvara sig. Dessa försvarsmekanismer består både av konstitutiva kemiska och fysiska barriärer så väl som inducerade försvar som bara är uttryckta efter att en växt har blivit skadad genom betning. Herbivorerna å sin sida svarar på dessa försvar genom att utveckla motanpassningar som gör växternas försvar mindre effektiva eller till och med verkningslösa. Dessa anpassningar kan ske över olika geografiska skalor beroende på om de samevolutionära interaktionerna varierar i ett rumsligt heterogent landskap. Genom att studera de underliggande gener som kontrollerar dessa försvarsegenskaper tillsammans med herbivorrelaterade fenotypiska egenskaper är det möjligt att undersöka den samevolutionära historien av interaktionerna mellan växter och herbivorer. Här använder jag mig av molekylärpopulationsgenetiska verktyg för att undersöka den evolutionära historien i flera inducerade försvarsgener hos asp (Populus tremula) i Sverige. Två gener, som tillhör genfamiljen Polyphenol-oxidaser (PPO1 och PPO2), uppvisar ett frekvensmönster som man förväntar sig vid positiv selektion. Detta mönster kan också ses i dessa geners diversitet samt i divergens från en utgrupp (Uppsats II). 71 ”single nucleotide polymorphisms” (SNPar) från 7 inducerade försvarsgener (PPO1-PPO3, TI2-TI5) visar förhöjda nivåer av populationsdifferentiering jämfört med kontrollgener (gener som inte är involverade i trädens försvar), och 10 av dessa försvars-SNPar visar även tecken på naturlig selektion (Uppsats III). Dessa 71 försvars-SNPar delar in ett urval av svenska aspar i tre distinkta geografiska grupper som beskriver ett sydligt, centralt och nordligt kluster som inte förekommer hos kontroll-SNPar (Uppsats III). Samma geografiska mönster, med ett distinkt nordligt kluster, återfinns däremot i ett antal fenotypiska egenskaper som är relaterade till herbivori i ett odlingsförsök utanför Sävar (Uppsats IV). Dessa fenotypiska egenskaper visar tecken på lokal felanpassning hos herbivorsamhället till den lokala värdpopulationen, vilket kan indikera förekomsten av ett ”samevolutionärt informationsutbyte” mellan växter och herbivorer (Uppsats IV). 15 unika försvars-SNPar påvisar också signifikanta associationer med 8 olika fenotypiska egenskaper, men om dessa har en verklig effekt eller inte är svårt att säga på grund av den geografiska strukturen som förekommer både hos de underliggande generna och hos de fenotypiska egenskaperna. Att denna populationsstruktur förekommer hos både försvarsgener och egenskaper som är förknippade med herbivorsamhället kan däremot vara ett resultat av historiska händelser som skett under aspens post-glaciala återkolonisation av Sverige.

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Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2012. 34 p.
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Populus, herbivore defense, adaptation, population genetics, population structure, association mapping, complex traits
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Evolutionary Biology Ecology Genetics
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evolutionär genetik
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-54361 (URN)978-91-7459-415-7 (ISBN)
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2012-05-16, KBC-huset, Stora hörsalen, KB3B1, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 10:00 (English)
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