Separate the wheat from the chaff: genomic scan for local adaptation in the red coral Corallium rubrum

Type Article
Date 2018
Language English
Author(s) Pratlong Marine1, 2, Haguenauer Anne1, Brener Kelly3, Mitta GuillaumeORCID3, Toulza E3, Garrabou Joaquim4, 5, Bensoussan Nathaniel6, Pontarotti Pierre2, 7, 8, Aurelle Didier1, 5, 9
Affiliation(s) 1 : Aix Marseille Univ, Avignon Université, CNRS, IRD, IMBE, Marseille, France
2 : Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Centrale Marseille, I2M, Marseille, France, Equipe Evolution Biologique et Modélisation, Marseille, France
3 : Perpignan Via Domitia Univ., IHPE UMR 5244, CNRS, IFREMER, Montpellier Univ., Perpignan, France
4 : Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, 08003, Spain
5 : Aix Marseille Univ., Université de Toulon, CNRS, IRD, MIO UM 110, 13288, Marseille, France
6 : IPSO FACTO, SCOPArl, Pole Océanologie, Marseille, 13001, France
7 : Aix Marseille Univ, IRD, APHM, Microbe , Evolution, PHylogénie, Infection IHU Méditerranée Infection,Marseille France
8 : CNRS
9 : Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB), Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, EPHE, 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
Source PCI Evolutionary Biology (2551-668X) (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), 2018 , Vol. 1 , P. e31 (27p.)
DOI 10.24072/pcjournal.12

Genomic data allow an in-depth and renewed study of local adaptation. The red coral (Corallium rubrum, Cnidaria) is a highly genetically structured species and a promising model for the study of adaptive processes along an environmental gradient. Here, we used RAD-Sequencing in order to study the vertical genetic structure of this species and to search for signals of local adaptation to depth and thermal regime in the red coral. Previous studies have shown different thermotolerance levels according to depth in this species which could correspond to genetic or environmental differences. We designed a sampling scheme with six pairs of ‘shallow vs deep’ populations distributed in three geographical regions as replicates. Our results showed significant differentiation among locations and among sites separated by around 20 m depth. The tests of association between genetics and environment allowed the identification of candidate loci under selection but with a potentially high rate of false positive. We discuss the methodological obstacles and biases encountered for the detection of selected loci in such a strongly genetically structured species. On this basis, we also discuss the significance of the candidate loci for local adaptation detected in each geographical region and the evolution of red coral populations along environmental gradients.

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Pratlong Marine, Haguenauer Anne, Brener Kelly, Mitta Guillaume, Toulza E, Garrabou Joaquim, Bensoussan Nathaniel, Pontarotti Pierre, Aurelle Didier (2018). Separate the wheat from the chaff: genomic scan for local adaptation in the red coral Corallium rubrum. PCI Evolutionary Biology, 1, e31 (27p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :