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Volume 3 Issue 7, July 2019

Volume 3 Issue 7

Voyage of the potato

A potato (Solanum tuberosum) herbarium specimen collected in Chile by Charles Darwin on the voyage of the Beagle. Analyses of historical genomes retrieved from herbarium specimens in conjunction with present-day diversity reveal the demographic and adaptive history of the potato following its introduction to Europe.

See Gutaker et al.

Image: Cambridge University Herbarium. Cover Design: Tulsi Voralia.


  • Editorial |

    A revised format emphasizes our desire to encourage discussion of published papers.


Comment & Opinion

  • Comment |

    Metastatic disease remains invariably fatal. Until truly curative therapies are developed, can clinical oncology benefit from lessons learned in pest management?

    • Jessica J. Cunningham

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    New research suggests that groups of ~130 modern humans at minimum undertook planned expeditions to colonise Sahul via a northern route. However, the necessity of more evidence to test this model reflects a need for change in the way we investigate the population history of this region.

    • Michael C. Westaway


  • News & Views |

    A novel technique based on isotope analysis shows that, compared to ecosystem type, evolutionary history explains more variation in bacterial growth traits along an elevation gradient. This knowledge could help move microbial ecologists toward improved predictive models of soil processes.

    • Steven D. Allison
  • News & Views |

    A model-based approach allows quantification of lineage-specific speciation and extinction rates on the basis of phylogenetic trees.

    • Tanja Stadler
  • News & Views |

    The adaptive radiation of notothenioid fishes after the Antarctic glaciation was preceded by rapid genomic evolution and reduced bone density.

    • Sarah J. Longo


  • Review Article |

    The authors of this Review discuss cooperative systems across all biological levels, including genomes, multicellular organisms and societies, and develop mathematical models to argue that enforcement is central to the evolution of cooperation.

    • J. Arvid Ågren
    • Nicholas G. Davies
    • Kevin R. Foster


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