Ralph S. Peters
University of Bonn
Publications 42
The order Coleoptera (beetles) is arguably the most speciose group of animals, but the evolutionary history of beetles, including the impacts of plant feeding (herbivory) on beetle diversification, remain poorly understood. We inferred the phylogeny of beetles using 4,818 genes for 146 species, estimated timing and rates of beetle diversification using 89 genes for 521 species representing all major lineages and traced the evolution of beetle genes enabling symbiont-independent digestion of lign...
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#1Akito Y. Kawahara (UF: University of Florida)H-Index: 22
#2David Plotkin (UF: University of Florida)H-Index: 4
Last.Jesse W. Breinholt (UF: University of Florida)H-Index: 17
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Butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) are one of the major superradiations of insects, comprising nearly 160,000 described extant species. As herbivores, pollinators, and prey, Lepidoptera play a fundamental role in almost every terrestrial ecosystem. Lepidoptera are also indicators of environmental change and serve as models for research on mimicry and genetics. They have been central to the development of coevolutionary hypotheses, such as butterflies with flowering plants and moths’ evolutionar...
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#2Michael Balke (LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)H-Index: 29
Last.Bernhard MisofH-Index: 40
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The beetle superfamily Dytiscoidea, placed within the suborder Adephaga, comprises six families. The phylogenetic relationships of these families, whose species are aquatic, remain highly contentious. In particular the monophyly of the geographically disjunct Aspidytidae (China and South Africa) remains unclear. Here we use a phylogenomic approach to demonstrate that Aspidytidae are indeed monophyletic, as we inferred this phylogenetic relationship from analyzing nucleotide sequence data filtere...
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#1Marcell K. Peters (University of Würzburg)H-Index: 16
#2Andreas Hemp (University of Bayreuth)H-Index: 29
Last.Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter (University of Würzburg)H-Index: 78
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Agriculture and the exploitation of natural resources have transformed tropical mountain ecosystems across the world, and the consequences of these transformations for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning are largely unknown1–3. Conclusions that are derived from studies in non-mountainous areas are not suitable for predicting the effects of land-use changes on tropical mountains because the climatic environment rapidly changes with elevation, which may mitigate or amplify the effects of land u...
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#1Thomas Pauli (University of Freiburg)H-Index: 4
#2Ruth F. Castillo‐Cajas (University of Würzburg)H-Index: 1
Last.Oliver Niehuis (University of Freiburg)H-Index: 24
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#1Benjamin Wipfler (FSU: University of Jena)H-Index: 17
#2Harald Letsch (University of Vienna)H-Index: 12
Last.Sabrina Simon (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 12
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Polyneoptera represents one of the major lineages of winged insects, comprising around 40,000 extant species in 10 traditional orders, including grasshoppers, roaches, and stoneflies. Many important aspects of polyneopteran evolution, such as their phylogenetic relationships, changes in their external appearance, their habitat preferences, and social behavior, are unresolved and are a major enigma in entomology. These ambiguities also have direct consequences for our understanding of the evoluti...
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#1Dominic A. Evangelista (UT: University of Tennessee)H-Index: 6
#2Benjamin Wipfler (FSU: University of Jena)H-Index: 17
Last.Sabrina Simon (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 12
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Phylogenetic relationships among subgroups of cockroaches and termites are still matters of debate. Their divergence times and major phenotypic transitions during evolution are also not yet settled. We addressed these points by combining the first nuclear phylogenomic study of termites and cockroaches with a thorough approach to divergence time analysis, identification of endosymbionts, and reconstruction of ancestral morphological traits and behaviour. Analyses of the phylogenetic relationships...
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#2Benjamin WipflerH-Index: 17
Last.Sabrina SimonH-Index: 12
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Die Insektenbestaubung gehort zu den essenziellen Okosystemdienstleistungen fur uns Menschen. Uber 75% der Anbaupflanzen und 87,5% der Wildpflanzen sind direkt von dieser Form der Bestaubung abhangig. Die meisten Bestauber in der Landwirtschaft in Deutschland stammen aus den Ordnungen der Brachycera („echte Fliegen“) und Hymenoptera (Hautflugler). Da allerdings seit Jahren ein drastischer Ruckgang auch der bestaubenden Insekten zu beobachten ist, wird seit langerem intensiv daran gearbeitet Stra...
#1Kevin Paul Johnson (INHS: Illinois Natural History Survey)H-Index: 40
#2Christopher H. Dietrich (INHS: Illinois Natural History Survey)H-Index: 21
Last.Kazunori Yoshizawa (Hokkaido University)H-Index: 20
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Hemipteroid insects (Paraneoptera), with over 10% of all known insect diversity, are a major component of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Previous phylogenetic analyses have not consistently resolved the relationships among major hemipteroid lineages. We provide maximum likelihood-based phylogenomic analyses of a taxonomically comprehensive dataset comprising sequences of 2,395 single-copy, protein-coding genes for 193 samples of hemipteroid insects and outgroups. These analyses yield a well...
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