Our preprint presenting the #genome of the most #endangered #seabird in Europe #Balearic #shearwater is out in #biorxiv

Cristian Cuevas Caballé @VizuetaJoel @meritxellgeno @SeabirdEcology @RiutortLab @JRozasUB

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The Balearic shearwater is a Critically Endangered #IUCNRedlist #seabird endemic of the Balearic Islands affected by #introduced mammals and #bycatch in longline #fisheries. Previous studies predict their extinction by 2070! doi.org/10.1111/1365-2…

Combining #Illumina & #Nanopore data, we present the first high-quality reference genome for the species.

Using #PSMC' we detected an abrupt decay of effective population size associated with a long period of low sea level during the Penultimate Glacial Period, which may have resulted in an important loss of neritic zones.

Despite the species current low population size, we detected relatively high levels of genome-wide #heterozygosity and we observed a negative relationship between heterozygosity and body size within #Procellariiformes

#Phylogenomic analyses support the relationships among Procellariiformes previously found using #UCE doi.org/10.1101/2021.0…

Comparative genomics analyses uncovered a set of candidate genes that have likely played an important role into the adaptation to a #pelagic lifestyle of #Procellariiformes

And here is the link to the preprint doi.org/10.1101/2021.1…

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