Affiliation: Imperial College
- Extreme levels of hidden diversity in microscopic animals (Rotifera) revealed by DNA taxonomyDiego Fontaneto
Imperial College London, Division of Biology and NERC Centre for Population Biology, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot Berkshire, SL57PY, United Kingdom
Mol Phylogenet Evol 53:182-9. 2009....
- Differences in fatty acid composition between aquatic and terrestrial insects used as food in human nutritionDiego Fontaneto
Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
Ecol Food Nutr 50:351-67. 2011..In conclusion, any kind of insect may provide valuable sources of LC-PUFA. Because terrestrial insects are more abundant and easier to collect, they can be considered a better source of LC-PUFA than aquatic ones...
- Evidence of weak habitat specialisation in microscopic animalsDiego Fontaneto
Silwood Park Campus, Division of Biology, Imperial College London, Ascot Berkshire, United Kingdom
PLoS ONE 6:e23969. 2011....
- Molecular evidence for broad-scale distributions in bdelloid rotifers: everything is not everywhere but most things are very widespreadDiego Fontaneto
Division of Biology, Silwood Park Campus, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire SL57PY, UK
Mol Ecol 17:3136-46. 2008..Broad dispersal and large population sizes might be factors lessening the evolutionary cost of long-term abstinence from sexual reproduction in this famous group of obligate parthenogens...
- Evidence for inefficient selection against deleterious mutations in cytochrome oxidase I of asexual bdelloid rotifersTimothy G Barraclough
Division of Biology and the NERC Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Mol Biol Evol 24:1952-62. 2007..We therefore conclude that bdelloid mitochondrial DNA variation does display the signature of inefficient selection expected of obligate asexuals...
- Horizontal gene transfer in bdelloid rotifers is ancient, ongoing and more frequent in species from desiccating habitatsIsobel Eyres
Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, SL5 7PY, UK
BMC Biol 13:90. 2015..We tested these hypotheses by surveying HGT in four congeneric species of bdelloids from different habitats: two from permanent aquatic habitats and two from temporary aquatic habitats that desiccate regularly...
- Multiple functionally divergent and conserved copies of alpha tubulin in bdelloid rotifersIsobel Eyres
Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7PY, UK
BMC Evol Biol 12:148. 2012..Results were verified using transcriptome data from one bdelloid species, Adineta ricciae...
- The widely used small subunit 18S rDNA molecule greatly underestimates true diversity in biodiversity surveys of the meiofaunaCuong Q Tang
Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7PY, United Kingdom
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109:16208-12. 2012..We recommend against using 18S as a marker for biodiversity surveys and suggest that use of COI for eDNA surveys could provide more accurate estimates of species richness in the future...
- A test of the species-people correlation for stream macro-invertebrates in European countriesMarco Pautasso
Division of Biology, Imperial College London, Wye Campus, High Street, Wye, Kent TN25 5AH, United Kingdom
Ecol Appl 18:1842-9. 2008..This finding underlines the importance of scale in ecology and implies that there is a challenge also for the broadscale conservation of EPT diversity...
- Sexual species are separated by larger genetic gaps than asexual species in rotifersCuong Q Tang
Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7PY, United Kingdom
Evolution 68:2901-16. 2014....
- Volume and morphology changes of a bdelloid rotifer species (Macrotrachela quadricornifera) during anhydrobiosisClaudia Ricci
Department of Biology, State University of Milan, 20133 Milan, Italy
J Morphol 269:233-9. 2008..We estimate that the majority of body mass loss and volume reduction can be ascribed to the water loss from the body cavity during desiccation...
- Stress and fitness in parthenogens: is dormancy a key feature for bdelloid rotifers?Claudia Ricci
Dipartimento di Biologia, Universita degli Studi di Milano, 20133 Milano, Italy
BMC Evol Biol 7:S9. 2007....
- Independently evolving species in asexual bdelloid rotifersDiego Fontaneto
Dipartimento di Biologia, Universita di Milano, Milan, Italy
PLoS Biol 5:e87. 2007..The study also demonstrates how combined molecular and morphological analyses can shed new light on the evolutionary nature of species...
- Postembryonic development of hard jaws (trophi) in a species belonging to the Brachionus plicatilis complex (Rotifera, Monogononta): a morphometric analysisDiego Fontaneto
Dipartimento di Biologia, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy
Microsc Res Tech 69:296-301. 2006..In conclusion, we suggest that also trophi size, constant within the analyzed clone, may be used as an additional taxonomic feature to help in the discrimination of taxa within the B. plicatilis complex of cryptic species...