Uncovering the mechanisms of rapid plant radiation
Understanding why some lineages rapidly generate exceptionally high species diversity lies at the heart of biology. The current paradigm is that adaptation to different ecological niches together with rise of phenotypic diversity trigger such rapid radiations. However, existing studies fail to test the alternative hypothesis, which is that rapid radiations could be also driven by non-adaptive processes mediated, for example by the geographic isolation of lineages with similar ecological niches. To uncover how adaptive and non-adaptive processes together affect rapid radiation, the EU-funded RadiPhyte project will focus on the genus Dianthus in Eurasia, which demonstrates the most rapid plant radiation known. The project will focus on three key aspects: phylogenomics, ecological niche modelling, and phenotypic trait evolution.
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