Ecological speciation in sympatric palms: 3. Genetic map reveals genomic islands underlying species divergence in Howea - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew research repository
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Ecological speciation in sympatric palms: 3. Genetic map reveals genomic islands underlying species divergence in Howea

24 July 2019

Abstract

Although it is now widely accepted that speciation can occur in the face of continuous gene flow, with little or no spatial separation, the mechanisms and genomic architectures that permit such divergence are still debated. Here, we examined speciation in the face of gene flow in the Howea palms of Lord Howe Island, Australia. We built a genetic map using a novel method applicable to long‐lived tree species, combining it with double digest restriction site–associated DNA sequencing of multiple individuals. Based upon various metrics, we detected 46 highly differentiated regions throughout the genome, four of which contained genes with functions that are particularly relevant to the speciation scenario for Howea, specifically salt and drought tolerance.

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