Title: Historical introgression among the species of Rodgersia (Saxifragaceae) in mountainous forests of southwest China
First Author: Ma, Xiang-Guang

In the present study, we used genetic data and ecological niche modelling to explore possible historical introgressions among the species of Rodgersia (Saxifragaceae) in central-southwest China. Markedly differentiated chloroplast haplotypes were found in R. aesculifolia, R. sambucifolia and the Lijiang (LJ) population of R. pinnata, respectively, and differentiated chloroplast haplotypes within each of them showed the closest relationships with haplotypes from different species. ITS cloning did not reveal any shared ribotype between R. aesculifolia and the remaining species. Historical introgression between R. aesculifolia and R. sambucifolia (or R.

pinnata) seems to be the most plausible explanation according to the geographical pattern and derivative status of putative introgressed chloroplast haplotypes, and also from morphological evidence. Introgressions were also found among R. sambucifolia, R. pinnata, and R. henricii from Yunnan. Frequent gene exchanges may have promoted the diversity of leaf shapes in this genus. Ecological niche modelling indicated that past secondary contact following range shifts during Pleistocene cold periods may have provided opportunities for ancient introgression between R. aesculifolia and adjacent species.

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Page Number: 93-99
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PubYear: 2018
Volume: 125
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