Data from: Linking plant genes to insect communities: identifying the genetic bases of plant traits and community composition

  • Kennedy F. Rubert-Nason (Contributor)
  • Liza M. Holeski (Contributor)
  • R. L. Lindroth (Contributor)
  • Jennifer F. Riehl (Contributor)
  • Pär K. Ingvarsson (Contributor)
  • Carolina Bernhardsson (Contributor)
  • Hilary L. Barker (Contributor)

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Description

Community genetics aims to understand the effects of intraspecific genetic variation on community composition and diversity, thereby connecting community ecology with evolutionary biology. Thus far, research has shown that plant genetics can underlie variation in the composition of associated communities (e.g., insects, lichen, endophytes), and those communities can therefore be considered as extended phenotypes. This work, however, has been conducted primarily at the plant genotype level and has not identified the key underlying genes. To address this gap, we used genome-wide association mapping (GWAS) with a population of 445 aspen (Populus tremuloides) genets to identify the genes governing variation in plant traits (defense chemistry, bud phenology, leaf morphology, growth) and insect community composition. We found 49 significant SNP associations in 13 Populus genes that are correlated with chemical defense compounds and insect community traits. Most notably, we identified an early-nodulin like protein (ENODL) that was associated with insect community diversity and the abundance of interacting foundation species (ants and aphids). These findings support the concept that particular plant traits are the mechanistic link between plant genes and the composition of associated insect communities. In putting the “genes” into “genes to ecosystems ecology”, this work enhances understanding of the molecular genetic mechanisms that underlie plant-insect associations and the consequences thereof for the structure of ecological communities.,Insect_Community_BLUPsRank-transformed BLUPs (best linear unbiased predictors) of insect community traits, formatted for GWAS analyses.Tree_Trait_BLUPsWisAsp rank-transformed BLUPs of tree trait phenotypes, formatted for GWAS analyses.WisAsp bed fileWisAsp bed file for PLINK analyses.WisAsp.bedWisAsp bim fileWisAsp bim file for PLINK analyses.WisAsp.bimWisAsp fam fileWisAsp fam file for PLINK analyses.WisAsp.famBarker_etal_MolEcol_2019_metadataMetadata for WisAsp data files.,
Date made availableOct 1 2019
PublisherDRYAD

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