• An approach to determining anthocyanin synthesis enzyme gene expression in an evolutionary context: an example from Erica plukenetii 

      Le Maitre, Nicholas C.; Pirie, Michael David; Bellstedt, Dirk U. (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019)
      Background and Aims: Floral colour in angiosperms can be controlled by variations in the expression of the genes of the anthocyanin pathway. Floral colour shifts influence pollinator specificity. Multiple shifts in floral ...
    • Chromosome-level reference genome of the soursop (Annona muricata): A new resource for Magnoliid research and tropical pomology 

      Strijk, Joeri S.; Hinsinger, Damien D.; Roeder, Mareike M.; Chatrou, Lars W.; Couvreur, Thomas L.P.; Erkens, Roy H.J.; Sauquet, Hervé; Pirie, Michael David; Thomas, Daniel C.; Cao, Kunfang (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2021)
      The flowering plant family Annonaceae includes important commercially grown tropical crops, but development of promising species is hindered by a lack of genomic resources to build breeding programs. Annonaceae are part ...
    • Diversification in evolutionary arenas—Assessment and synthesis 

      Nürk, Nicolai; Linder, H. Peter; Onstein, Renske E; Larcombe, Matthew J; Hughes, Colin E; Piñeiro Fernández, Laura; Schlüter, Philipp M; Valente, Luis; Beierkuhnlein, Carl; Cutts, Vanessa; Donoghue, Michael J; Edwards, Erika J; Field, Richard; Flantua, Suzette; Higgins, Steven I; Jentsch, Anke; Liede‐Schumann, Sigrid; Pirie, Michael David (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      Understanding how and why rates of evolutionary diversification vary is a key issue in evolutionary biology, ecology, and biogeography. Evolutionary rates are the net result of interacting processes summarized under concepts ...
    • The enigmatic tropical alpine flora on the African sky islands is young, disturbed, and unsaturated 

      Kandziora, Martha; Gehrke, Berit; Popp, Magnus; Gizaw, Abel; Brochmann, Christian; Pirie, Michael David (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2022)
      Tropical alpine floras are renowned for high endemism, spectacular giant rosette plants testifying to convergent adaptation to harsh climates with nightly frosts, and recruitment dominated by long-distance dispersal from ...
    • Floral Color, Anthocyanin Synthesis Gene Expression and Control in Cape Erica Species 

      Le Maitre, Nicholas C.; Pirie, Michael David; Bellstedt, Dirk U. (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019)
      Introduction: The Cape Floristic Region (CFR) is a biodiversity hotspot, recognized globally for its unusually high levels of endemism. The origins of this biodiversity are a long-standing topic of research. The largest ...
    • History and evolution of the afroalpine fora: in the footsteps of Olov Hedberg 

      Brochmann, Christian; Gizaw, Abel; Chala, Desalegn; Kandziora, Martha; Eilu, Gerald; Popp, Magnus; Pirie, Michael David; Gehrke, Berit (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2021)
      The monumental work of Olov Hedberg provided deep insights into the spectacular and fragmented tropical alpine flora of the African sky islands. Here we review recent molecular and niche modelling studies and re-examine ...
    • Leaps and bounds: geographical and ecological distance constrained the colonisation of the Afrotemperate by Erica 

      Pirie, Michael David; Kandziora, Martha; Nürk, Nicolai; Le Maitre, Nicholas C.; Mugrabi de Kuppler, Ana; Gehrke, Berit; Oliver, Edward G.H.; Bellstedt, Dirk U. (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-12-05)
      Background The coincidence of long distance dispersal (LDD) and biome shift is assumed to be the result of a multifaceted interplay between geographical distance and ecological suitability of source and sink areas. Here, ...
    • Remarkable insights into processes shaping African tropical tree diversity 

      Pirie, Michael David (Research report, 2020)
    • Where have all the heathers gone? 

      Nelson, E. Charles; Pirie, Michael David (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2022)
      Heathers have been cultivated for several centuries, both the hardy heaths (Calluna, Daboecia and Erica) from the northern hemisphere and the more frost-tender species of Erica from southern Africa known as Cape heaths. ...