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Ongoing speciation within the diatom Fragilariopsis kerguelensis in the Southern Ocean?
  • Jean-David Grattepanche
Jean-David Grattepanche
Temple University

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While the identification of microbial eukaryotes using molecular tools is now widespread, additional information are needed to confirm the molecular observation and make the difference between species and population variants, and therefore to better understand the biogeography of microbial eukaryotes. In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Postel et al (2020) not only used three molecular approaches to identify subgroups of Fragilariopsis kerguelensis but also morphology and physiology to better understand the relationship between the three genotypes. They revealed that (1) the three genotypes of the diatom F. kerguelensis have a negligible gene flux; and (2) two of the genotypes are geographically isolated with different physiology but still able to crossbreed; and (3) the last one is omnipresent but reproductively isolated.
16 Sep 2020Submitted to Molecular Ecology
17 Sep 2020Submission Checks Completed
17 Sep 2020Assigned to Editor
23 Sep 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
02 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
06 Oct 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
12 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
12 Oct 20201st Revision Received
21 Oct 2020Editorial Decision: Accept
Dec 2020Published in Molecular Ecology volume 29 issue 24 on pages 4754-4756. 10.1111/mec.15708