(2021-12-04) – New blog post on our recent study on functional non-coding regions

Read more about our recent study in the post “A promising approach to characterize selection on functional noncoding regions” on the DEEP insights blog!

(2021-12-01) – Manuscript accepted in MBE!

Our manuscript on the signatures of sexual selection on pollen-expressed genes in Arabis alpina has just been accepted for publication in Molecular Biology and Evolution. Big congratulations to Juanita and many thanks to all coauthors!

Gutiérrez-Valencia J, Fracassetti M, Horvath R, Laenen B, Désamoré A, Drouzas AD, Friberg M, Kolár F, Slotte T. 2021. Genomic signatures of sexual selection on pollen-expressed genes in Arabis alpina. Molecular Biology and Evolution, In press.

(2021-11-29) – New preprint on supergene origins and evolution

The preprint “Supergene degeneration opposes polymorphism: The curious case of balanced lethals” is now available on bioRxiv. Many thanks to co-first authors Emma Berdan and Alexandre Blanckaert, and to all coauthors!

Berdan E*, Blanckaert A*, Butlin RK, Flatt T, Slotte T, Wielstra B. 2021. Supergene degeneration opposes polymorphism: The curious case of balanced lethals. bioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.11.27.470204

(2021-11-25) – Tanja appointed to DDLS Evolution and Biodiversity expert group

Read more about the research area specific expert group in Evolution and Biodiversity, which is part of the new data-driven life sciences research programme and the appointment here.

(2021-09-04) – New preprint on bioRxiv

Our manuscript “Genomic signatures of sexual selection on pollen-expressed genes in Arabis alpina” is now available on bioRxiv as a preprint. In this manuscript we analyze whole-genome sequences of 228 A. alpina individuals from 13 populations with varying mating systems to test for genomic signatures of sexual selection on genes expressed in the male gametophyte. The study was led by Juanita Gutiérrez-Valencia, a PhD student in the Slotte lab.

Gutiérrez-Valencia J, Fracassetti M, Horvath R, Laenen B, Désamore A, Drouzas AD, Friberg, Kolár F, Slotte T. 2021. Genomic signatures of sexual selection on pollen-expressed genes in Arabis alpina. bioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.09.02.457912

(2021-09-03) – Paper accepted in MBE!

Our paper entitled “Selection on accessible chromatin regions in Capsella grandiflora” has just been accepted for publication in Molecular Biology and Evolution! Big congratulations to first author Robert Horvath and thanks to everyone involved for their contributions! Full reference below.

Horvath R, Josephs EB, Pesquet E, Stinchcombe JR, Wright SI, Scofield D, Slotte T. 2021. Selection on accessible chromatin regions in Capsella grandiflora. Molecular Biology and Evolution. In press.

(2021-05-26) – Paper out in PNAS

A paper exploring the genetics of parallel alpina adaptation in Arabidopsis is now out in PNAS. The paper is led by Magdalena Bohutínska, a PhD student in the group of Filip Kolár at Charles University in Prague. Coauthors from the Slotte lab include Marco Fracassetti, Benjamin Laenen, and Tanja Slotte.

(2021-05-25) – Image from our paper on cover of May issue of GBE

An image from our review on supergene evolution was chosen for the cover of the May issue of GBE.

(2021-04-21) – Behind-the-paper blog post on our recent Heredity paper

A “behind-the-paper” blog post on our recent paper investigating the potential for instant self-compatibility in association with allopolyploid speciation in Capsella is now up. Read it here!

(2021-04-20) – Paper accepted in Molecular Ecology!

The review paper “Unboxing mutations: Connecting mutation types with evolutionary consequences” by Emma Berdan, Alexandre Blanckaert, Tanja Slotte, Alexander Suh, Anja M. Westram and Inês Fragata has now been accepted for publication in Molecular Ecology. Congratulations to all coauthors, and especially to Emma and Inês!