Special Issue "Reticulate Evolution"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016).
Interests: reticulate evolution; web of life; speciation; adaptation
The only illustration in the Origin of Species presents an evolutionary tree with branches that never reconnect. It is now evident that this view does not encompass the richness of the evolutionary process. Instead, the evolution of species from microbes to mammals is often reticulate, building like a web due to genetic exchange events. Some of the avenues for reticulate evolution, for example sexual recombination versus lateral gene transfer, result from different molecular mechanisms. However, even such widely different genetic processes may result in similar effects on the evolutionary/ecological trajectory of organisms. Given the widespread occurrence and thus importance of reticulate evolution, the journal Genes will publish a Special Issue devoted to this topic. Reviews and original papers are welcome. Topics that touch upon the role of reticulate evolution in any organismic group are appropriate for this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Michael L. Arnold
- reticulate evolution
- horizontal transfer
- hybrid speciation
- adaptive trait transfer