Uses of GBIF in scientific research

Peer-reviewed research citing GBIF as a data source, with at least one author from Poland.
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List of publications

  • Mirski P, Brzosko E, Jędrzejczyk I, Kotowicz J, Ostrowiecka B, Wróblewska A (2017)

    Genetic structure of dioecious and trioecious Salix myrsinifolia populations at the border of geographic range

    Tree Genetics & Genomes 13(1) 15.

    Gene flow in plant populations is heavily affected by species sexual systems. In order to study the effect of sexual systems on genetic structure, we examined plastid and nuclear DNA of 12 dioecious (males and females) and 18 trioecious (males, females and hermaphrodites) populations of Salix myrsinifolia—a boreal shrub with slow range expansion. Populations were located along latitudinal gradients across submarginal and marginal parts of the range. Individuals of each sex morph were all hexaploid. We identified 10 chloroplast DNA haplotypes and scored 205 polymorphic bands with amplified fragment length polymorphism. We found dioecious populations that differed from trioecious populations via the presence of four unique haplotypes and significant difference in Nei’s gene diversity index (0.119 vs. 0.116) and down-weighed marker value (1.17 vs. 1.02). The latter parameter, together with haplotype and nucleotide diversity, significantly decreased with latitude similar to the expansion front. Also, we found that 89% of hermaphrodite individuals belong to one distinct in tree parsimony network haplotype. This frequency significantly decreased with latitude towards the expansion front. We suspect that the presence of hermaphrodites in trioecious populations may represent a trade-off between the possibility of producing progeny by single hermaphrodites and genetic variability loss through autogamy. S. myrsinifolia benefits from trioecious sexual systems under colonization events. This phenomenon is no longer a gain closer to the core of the species range.

    Keywords: AFLP, Dioecy, Sex structure, Subdioecy, Trioecy


  • Pitteloud C, Arrigo N, Suchan T, Mastretta-Yanes A, Vila R, Dincă V et al. (2017)

    Climatic niche evolution is faster in sympatric than allopatric lineages of the butterfly genus Pyrgus

    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 284(1852).

    Understanding how speciation relates to ecological divergence has long fascinated biologists. It is assumed that ecological divergence is essential to sympatric speciation, as a mechanism to avoid competition and eventually lead to reproductive isolation, while divergence in allopatry is not necessarily associated with niche differentiation. The impact of the spatial context of divergence on the evolutionary rates of abiotic dimensions of the ecological niche has rarely been explored for an entire clade. Here, we compare the magnitude of climatic niche shifts between sympatric versus allopatric divergence of lineages in butterflies. By combining next-generation sequencing, parametric biogeography and ecological niche analyses applied to a genus-wide phylogeny of Palaearctic Pyrgus butterflies, we compare evolutionary rates along eight climatic dimensions across sister lineages that diverged in large-scale sympatry versus allopatry. In order to examine the possible effects of the spatial scale at which sympatry is defined, we considered three sets of biogeographic assignments, ranging from narrow to broad definition. Our findings suggest higher rates of niche evolution along all climatic dimensions for sister lineages that diverge in sympatry, when using a narrow delineation of biogeographic areas. This result contrasts with significantly lower rates of climatic niche evolution found in cases of allopatric speciation, despite the biogeographic regions defined here being characterized by significantly different climates. Higher rates in allopatry are retrieved when biogeographic areas are too widely defined—in such a case allopatric events may be recorded as sympatric. Our results reveal the macro-evolutionary significance of abiotic niche differentiation involved in speciation processes within biogeographic regions, and illustrate the importance of the spatial scale chosen to define areas when applying parametric biogeographic analyses.

    Keywords: climatic niche, macro-evolutionary processes, next-generation sequencing, parametric biogeography


  • Wieczorek K, Bugaj-Nawrocka A, Kanturski M, Miller G, Li Y (2017)

    Geographical variation in morphology of Chaetosiphella stipae stipae Hille Ris Lambers, 1947 (Hemiptera: Aphididae: Chaitophorinae)

    Scientific Reports 7 43988.

    Chaetosiphella stipae stipae is a xerothermophilous aphid, associated with Palaearctic temperate steppe zones or dry mountain valleys, where there are grasses from the genus Stipa. Its geographical distribution shows several populations that are spread from Spain, across Europe and Asia Minor, to Mongolia and China. Geographical variation in chaetotaxy and other morphological features were the basis to consider whether individuals from different populations are still the same species. Moreover, using Ch. stipae stipae and Stipa species occurrences, as well as climatic variables, we predict potential geographical distributions of the aphid and its steppe habitat. Additionally, for Stipa species we projected current climatic conditions under four climate change scenarios for 2050 and 2070. While highly variable, our results of morphometric analysis demonstrates that all Ch. stipae stipae populations are one very variable subspecies. And in view of predicted climate change, we expect reduction of Stipa grasslands. The disappearance of these ecosystems could result in stronger separation of the East-European and Asian steppes as well as European ‘warm-stage’ refuges. Therefore, the geographic morphological variability that we see today in the aphid subspecies Ch. stipae stipae may in the future lead to speciation and creation of separate subspecies or species.

    Keywords: climatic niche, macro-evolutionary processes, next-generation sequencing, parametric biogeography


  • Depa , Mróz E, Bugaj-Nawrocka A, Orczewska A (2016)

    Do ants drive speciation in aphids? A possible case of ant-driven speciation in the aphid genus Stomaphis Walker (Aphidoidea, Lachninae)

    Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

    Ecological divergence is an accepted mode of speciation in phytophagous insects such as aphids. Adaptations of ancestral populations to various feeding locations on a plant seem to be a promoted mode of such speciation. In this study we present a thesis that for obligatorily myrmecophilous aphids it is a mutualistic relationship with distinct ants that constitutes a significant selective factor. It leads to the separation of ecological niches of ancestral aphid populations and development of sibling species. The thesis is supported by the example of two sibling aphid species of the genus Stomaphis, S. quercus (L.) and S. wojciechowskii Depa, which show very peculiar adaptations to feeding on trees and are both undoubtedly obligatorily myrmecophilous species. Their separateness is proven by mitochondrial markers, as well as their life modes and ecological adaptations: they all follow the biology of their respective ant hosts: Lasius (Dendrolasius) fuliginosus and L. (L.) brunneus. Proven and modelled geographical distributions indicate a high level of sympatry and the fact that environmental requirements of both aphid species overlap. It is suggested that their divergence has resulted from having adapted to living with ants of distinct life modes, foraging strategies and positions in the hierarchy of ant assemblages. This, in turn, indirectly affected their adaptations to exploit different host plant genera.

    Keywords: ecological divergence, modelling, mutualism, phytophagy, sympatry


  • Kanturski M, Bugaj-Nawrocka A, Wieczorek K (2016)

    Pine pest aphids of the genus Eulachnus (Hemiptera: Aphididae: Lachninae): how far can their range extend?

    Agricultural and Forest Entomology.

    Species of the aphid genus Eulachnus (Hemiptera, Aphididae), associated with pine trees, are an example of insects reported as rare over their native geographical range in Europe and serious pine pests far from their natural distribution. To predict the risk of invasion of spotted pine aphid Eulachnus agilis (Kaltenbach, 1843), green pine aphid Eulachnus brevipilosus Börner, 1940 and narrow brown pine aphid Eulachnus rileyi (Williams, 1911) on a global scale, ecological niche modelling was applied. We used the maximum entropy model, based on associations between unique occurrence localities and a set of environmental variables. We obtained models of potentially suitable habitats, based on climatic variables and distribution of host plants, suggesting that favourable conditions for each species may be present on every continent. However, E. agilis and E. rileyi appear to be potentially the most widespread species. In Europe, models showed that the potential distribution of the representatives of the genus Eulachnus overlapped with that of the host plants. In places where they have been introduced, these aphid species have readily adapted to indigenous or introduced pines, including trees grown commercially for timber. A jackknife test indicated that annual mean temperature and mean temperature of the coldest quarter were the most important environmental variables restricting the expansion of the species under investigation. Moreover, the most important factor in the decrease in population density of the feeding aphids is the rainy season and, on a smaller scale, the presence of their natural enemies.

    Keywords: Biological invasion, Eulachnini, Pinus spp., ecological niche modelling, potential distribution


  • Kałucka I, Jagodziński A, Nowiński M (2016)

    Biodiversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi in surface mine spoil restoration stands in Poland – first time recorded, rare, and red-listed species

    Acta Mycologica 51(2).

    Results of mycological research conducted in the years 2001–2013 in the restoration stands growing on reclaimed mine spoils are presented. Four opencast lignite mine spoil heaps in Poland were examined: Pątnów-Jóźwin, Adamów, Mt Kamieńsk, and Turów. The paper focuses on 71 species of ectomycorrhizal fungi: recorded for the first time in the country (16 taxa), currently red-listed (23 taxa), known from few localities only (32 taxa). Notes on their ecology and habitats are provided, as well as their distribution in Europe and in Poland. Restoration tree stands, established as part of the reclamation process of mine spoils, form a unique habitat for many rare and interesting fungal taxa. Among them are pioneer species, species known mainly from Northern Europe or mountainous locations, highly specialized and narrow-niche taxa, and many threatened species. Afforested mine spoils contribute significantly to the fungal biodiversity, both at a local and at a larger scale.

    Keywords: afforestation, distribution, dumping grounds, forest reclamation, fungal conservation, mining disturbance, pioneer fungi, threatened species


  • Kujawska M, Stasińska M, Leski T, Rudawska M (2016)

    New locality of Hymenochaete cruenta in the Olbina nature reserve and revisiting of distribution of this fungus in Poland

    Acta Mycologica 51(2).

    Hymenochaete cruenta is a saprotrophic fungus, grown mainly on the bark of dead branches and trunks of Abies trees and thus the distribution of this fungus in Poland and other European countries is closely connected with natural range of silver fir. Despite its wide range, H. cruenta is considered as rare in the whole area of its occurrence. In this paper, we present a new locality of H. cruenta, discovered in May and September 2016 in the Olbina nature reserve (southern Wielkopolska Lowland, Kalisz Forest District). Ecological notes and macro- and microscopic feature of basidiocarps of this fungus are presented. Additionally, the current distribution of H. cruenta in Poland comprising 78 localities is provided. The rank of H. cruenta among threatened species categories in different European countries is discussed. It seems that the species is rare and threatened in Poland, and it should be still classified as “vulnerable” on the red list of macrofungi. The significance of H. cruenta for diversity of mycobiota and the necessity of further research on the dynamic of occurrence of H. cruenta inside and outside of the natural range of A. alba is underlined.

    Keywords: Abies alba, Hymenochaetales, diagnostic features, ecology, silver fir, threatened macrofungi


  • Parusel J (2016)

    "New" mountain species from Silesia in the Polish lowlands

    Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica Polonica 23(2) 273-288.

    The paper presents information on four mountain species of vascular plants inhabiting areas outside the mountains which were not mentioned by Szafer (1930) or were omitted in the last monographic study by Zając (1996). The “new” species are Cardamine trifolia and Lonicera nigra, and the omitted ones are Cirsium erisithales and Selaginella helvetica. These species increase to 122 the number of mountain species present in the Polish lowlands.

    Keywords: Abies alba, Hymenochaetales, diagnostic features, ecology, silver fir, threatened macrofungi


  • Reichel K, Richter F, Eichel L, Kącki Z, Wesche K, Welk E et al. (2016)

    Genetic diversity in the locally declining Laserpitium prutenicum L. and the more common Selinum carvifolia (L.) L.: a “silent goodbye”?

    Conservation Genetics.

    Evaluating the consequences of the decline of threatened species on their population genetic structure is crucial for establishing effective conservation strategies in the strongly fragmented landscapes of Central Europe. Laserpitium prutenicum is a bi- to perennial forb occurring in intermittently wet meadows and light oak forests throughout central to eastern and south-eastern Europe. During the past 70 years, the western limit of its distributional range retracted dramatically, the number of populations decreased and the remaining populations faced a considerable increase of fragmentation. To study the effects of this decline on the genetic diversity of L. prutenicum, we conducted an AFLP study on 20 populations from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. For comparison, we collected the same data on Selinum carvifolia, a taxonomically related and both ecologically and morphologically similar species, which is still more common in the study area. Both species showed similarly weak spatial genetic structuring and intermediate genetic diversities. We attribute this result to the loss of habitat being faster than the loss of genetic diversity in smaller and fragmented populations. Depending on the ecological characteristics of a species, even a gradual disappearance is not necessarily accompanied by any detectable effect at the population genetic level (“silent goodbye”). In the case of L. prutenicum, habitat preservation should be given priority over all other conservation measures.

    Keywords: AFLP, Endangered species, Habitat fragmentation, Habitat loss, Wet meadows


  • Ruszkiewicz-Michalska M (2016)

    The genus Asteromella (Fungi: Ascomycota) in Poland

    Monographiae Botanicae 106 1-164.

    The critical revision of 59 Asteromella species occurring in Poland is presented, based primarily on specimens from Poland, as well as selected herbarial materials from France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine. Some exsiccata, including types of Asteromella carlinae Petr., Asteromella ludwigii Petr., Asteromella ovata Thüm., Asteromella petasitidis Petr., Depazea agrimoniae Lasch, Mycosphaerella agrimoniae Syd., Phyllosticta borszczowii Thüm., Phyllosticta cicutae Lind, Phyllosticta eupatoriicola Kabát & Bubák, Phyllosticta pleurospermi Died., Phyllosticta salicina Kabát & Bubák, Phyllosticta senecionis-nemorensis Săvul. & Sandu, Phyllosticta wandae Namysł. were also studied. Each species is accompanied by the information pertaining to host spectrum, morphology of conidiomata, conidiophores, conidiogenous cells and conidia, distribution in Poland and globally, as well as information on synanamorphs and teleomorph, if present.

    Two species, Asteromella moeszii Ruszkiewicz-Michalska & Mułenko spec. nov. on Pulmonaria obscura and Asteromella rupprechtii Ruszkiewicz-Michalska spec. nov. on Agrimonia eupatoria are described, based on Polish specimens. A new name, Asteromella huubii Ruszkiewicz-Michalska nom. nov., is proposed to replace Asteromella angelicae (Sacc.) Moesz ex Bat. & Peres. Nine Phyllosticta and two Depazea species were redisposed into Asteromella: Asteromella acetosae (Sacc.) Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, comb. nov., Asteromella adoxicola (Lasch) Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, comb. nov., Asteromella alnicola (C. Massal.) Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, comb. nov., Asteromella bacilloides (Dominik) Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, comb. nov., Asteromella prunellae (Ellis & Everh.) Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, comb. nov., Asteromella garbowskii (Gucevič) Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, comb. nov., Asteromella lysimachiae (Allesch.) Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, comb. nov., Asteromella populina (Fuckel) Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, comb. nov., Asteromella salicina (Kabát & Bubák) Ruszkiewicz-Michalska, comb. nov. Neotype of Asteromella bacilloides and a lectotype of Asteromella adoxicola are designated.

    Nine species reported in the literature are not confirmed to occur in Poland; this includes two species that need to be recollected [Asteromella scabiosae (Kalymb.) Vanev & Aa and Asteromella mali (Briard) Boerema & Dorenb.)], as dried specimens are scarce and deficient. Affinity of Asteromella confusa (Bubák) Petr. to Asteromella vs. Phoma is briefly disputed. New records and new data on the distribution of Asteromella species in Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine are also provided. Three species are reported as new to Polish funga: Asteromella prunellae, Asteromella melampyrina and Asteromella moeszii.

    Keywords: Depazea, Mycosphaerella s. l., Phyllosticta, Poland, Ramularia, Septoria, anamorphic fungi, asexual morphs, fungal biodiversity, microconidial or spermatial state