William C Ratcliff

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Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Country: USA

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Individual-level bet hedging in the bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    Curr Biol 20:1740-4. 2010
  2. doi request reprint Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) supports survival and reproduction in starving rhizobia
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    FEMS Microbiol Ecol 65:391-9. 2008
  3. pmc Experimental evolution of multicellularity
    William C Ratcliff
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109:1595-600. 2012
  4. ncbi request reprint Rhizobitoxine producers gain more poly-3-hydroxybutyrate in symbiosis than do competing rhizobia, but reduce plant growth
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    ISME J 3:870-2. 2009
  5. doi request reprint Tempo and mode of multicellular adaptation in experimentally evolved Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and The BioTechnology Institute University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    Evolution 67:1573-81. 2013
  6. pmc Experimental evolution of an alternating uni- and multicellular life cycle in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
    William C Ratcliff
    1 School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 0230, USA 2 Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55108, USA 3 The BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55108, USA
    Nat Commun 4:2742. 2013
  7. pmc When stress predicts a shrinking gene pool, trading early reproduction for longevity can increase fitness, even with lower fecundity
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA
    PLoS ONE 4:e6055. 2009

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Publications7

  1. doi request reprint Individual-level bet hedging in the bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    Curr Biol 20:1740-4. 2010
    ..The low-PHB cells have greater competitiveness for resources, whereas the high-PHB cells can survive for over a year without food, perhaps until a legume host is next available...
  2. doi request reprint Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) supports survival and reproduction in starving rhizobia
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    FEMS Microbiol Ecol 65:391-9. 2008
    ..During the first 21 days of nodule growth, undifferentiated S. meliloti within alfalfa nodules accumulated enough PHB to support significant increases in reproduction and survival during starvation...
  3. pmc Experimental evolution of multicellularity
    William C Ratcliff
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109:1595-600. 2012
    ..These results show that key aspects of multicellular complexity, a subject of central importance to biology, can readily evolve from unicellular eukaryotes...
  4. ncbi request reprint Rhizobitoxine producers gain more poly-3-hydroxybutyrate in symbiosis than do competing rhizobia, but reduce plant growth
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    ISME J 3:870-2. 2009
    ..Rtx-producing rhizobia decreased legume growth, but benefited relative to an isogenic, non-producing strain on the same plant by accumulating 47% more of the storage lipid poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB)...
  5. doi request reprint Tempo and mode of multicellular adaptation in experimentally evolved Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and The BioTechnology Institute University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55108, USA
    Evolution 67:1573-81. 2013
    ..The timing and nature of adaptation in our experiment suggests that costs associated with large cluster size favor novel multicellular adaptations, increasing organismal complexity...
  6. pmc Experimental evolution of an alternating uni- and multicellular life cycle in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
    William C Ratcliff
    1 School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 0230, USA 2 Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55108, USA 3 The BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55108, USA
    Nat Commun 4:2742. 2013
    ..These results demonstrate that the unicellular bottleneck, a trait essential for evolving multicellular complexity, can arise rapidly via co-option of the ancestral unicellular form. ..
  7. pmc When stress predicts a shrinking gene pool, trading early reproduction for longevity can increase fitness, even with lower fecundity
    William C Ratcliff
    Ecology Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA
    PLoS ONE 4:e6055. 2009
    ..When population size is increasing, each offspring produced earlier makes a larger proportional contribution to the gene pool, but the reverse is true when population size is declining...