Our paper on "Fungal diversity associated with Hawaiian Drosophila host plants" has been accepted in PLoS ONE. Congratulations to Brian Ort for leading this effort, along with two undergraduate researchers in the lab, Norma Pantoja and Roxanne Bantay!
Over the weekend we heard that two papers had been accepted. One, lead by Darren Obbard at the University of Edinburgh, examines dating in the Drosophilidae using several Hawaiian calibration points. It will be appearing in Molecular Biology and Evolution.
The other is a survey of Wolbachia in endemic Hawaiian insects (see Figure) that will be out in Fly. The paper was coauthored by Gordon Bennett and former undergraduate Norma Pantoja.
We have a critical review of Michael Heads' new book on Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics in the June issue of Taxon. My favorite part is the quote that leads off the review:
“Or they asserted that all those landlubbery creatures had walked dry-shod across a natural bridge, or had swum short distances between stepping stones, and that one such formation or another had since disappeared beneath the waves. But scientists using their big brains and cunning instruments had by 1986 made maps of the ocean floor. There wasn’t a trace, they said, of an intervening land mass of any kind.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Galápagos (1985)
Gordon's revision of the Nesophrosyne specializing on Broussatia arguta has just been accepted in Zootaxa. Congratulations! Here's the link: http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f/zt02805p025.pdf