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Coevolution Research Group
Author: Yang Darong; Peng Yanqiong
Update time: 2014-11-14
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Present Group Leader: Prof. Dr. PENG Yanqion 

Former Head of the Group: Prof. Yang Darong 

E-mail: yangdr@xtbg.ac.cn 

Tel: 86 871 5127180 

Website: http://crg.groups.xtbg.ac.cn/ 


Coevolution is a type of biological evolution. It is a series of reciprocally induced evolutionary changes between two ecologically interacting species (or group), which are intimate in their living activities. That is, coevolution is the changes in the characteristics of one species (or group) in response to the characteristics changes in another. As a research team engaged mainly in evolutionary ecology, Coevolution Research Group (CRG) aims at the mechanism elucidation of coevolutionary phenomena amid organisms. Taking some important groups of the organism in tropical and subtropical ecosystems as the major research materials and integrating methodologies of animal ecology, plant ecology, chemical ecology and molecular biology, CRG is carrying out researches to discover the phenomena of mutualism, symbiosis, parasitism, predation, competition and adaptation occurred in the processes of systematic development and evolution, to understand the mechanisms of coevolution between interacting organisms, and to explore the essence and process of the evolution of species in micro and macro scopes. The ultimate aim of CRG is to provide scientific basis for the efficient conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity.
Current research focuses:

1.Coevolutionary mechanisms of interacting organisms in ecology, behavior and biological phenology 

2.Chemical communication and coevolutionary mechanisms of interacting organisms 

3.Genetic transmission and coevolutionary mechanisms of interacting organisms. 


Selected Publications: 

1.Liu C, Guenard B, Blanchard B, Peng YQ, Economo EP: Reorganization of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic ant biodiversity after conversion to rubber plantation. Ecol Monogr 2016, 86(2):215-227.   

  2.Li ZT, Peng YQ, Wen XL, Jander KC: Selective resource allocation may promote a sex ratio in pollinator fig wasps more beneficial for the host tree. Scientific Reports 2016, 6.   

  3.Kong Y, Wang R, Yang DR, Sreekar R, Peng YQ, Compton SG: Non-pollinator fig wasp impact on the reproductive success of an invasive fig tree: why so little? Biocontrol Sci Technol 2016, 26(10):1432-1443.   

  4.Gu D, Yang DR, Yang P, Peng YQ, Wang ZJ: Work division of floral scent compounds in mediating pollinator behaviours. Chemistry and Ecology 2016, 32(8):733-741.   

  5.Bain A, Borges RM, Chevallier MH, Vignes H, Kobmoo N, Peng YQ, Cruaud A, Rasplus JY, Kjellberg F, Hossaert-Mckey M: Geographic structuring into vicariant species-pairs in a wide-ranging, high-dispersal plant-insect mutualism: the case of Ficus racemosa and its pollinating wasps. Evolutionary Ecology 2016, 30(4):663-684.   

  6.Yang LY, Machado CA, Dang XD, Peng YQ, Yang DR, Zhang DY, Liao WJ: The incidence and pattern of copollinator diversification in dioecious and monoecious figs. Evolution 2015, 69(2):294-304.   

  7.Wang R, Compton SG, Quinnell RJ, Peng YQ, Barwell L, Chen Y: Insect responses to host plant provision beyond natural boundaries: latitudinal and altitudinal variation in a Chinese fig wasp community. Ecol Evol 2015, 5(17):3642-3656.   

  8.Wang R, Aylwin R, Barwell L, Chen XY, Chen Y, Chou LS, Cobb J, Collette D, Craine L, Giblin-Davis RM et al: The fig wasp followers and colonists of a widely introduced fig tree, Ficus microcarpa. Insect Conservation and Diversity 2015, 8(4):322-336.   

  9.Liu GX, Yang DR, Peng YQ, Compton SG: Complementary fruiting phenologies facilitate sharing of one pollinator fig wasp by two fig trees. Journal of Plant Ecology 2015, 8(2):197-206.   

  10.Liu C, Garcia FH, Peng YQ, Economo EP: Aenictus yangi sp.n. - a new species of the A. ceylonicus species group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dorylinae) from Yunnan, China. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 2015, 42:33-45.   

  11.Chen HH, Peng YQ, Zhang Y, Corlett RT: Winter cropping in Ficus tinctoria: an alternative strategy. Scientific Reports 2015, 5.   

  12.Zhao JB, Peng YQ, Quinnell RJ, Compton SG, Yang DR: A switch from mutualist to exploiter is reflected in smaller egg loads and increased larval mortalities in a 'cheater' fig wasp. Acta Oecologica-International Journal of Ecology 2014, 57:51-57.   

  13.Zhang Y, Peng YQ, Compton SG, Yang DR: Premature Attraction of Pollinators to Inaccessible Figs of Ficus altissima: A Search for Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences. PLoS One 2014, 9(1).   

  14.Wang R, Matthews A, Ratcliffe J, Barwell LJ, Peng YQ, Chou LS, Yu H, Yang HW, Compton SG: First record of an apparently rare fig wasp feeding strategy: obligate seed predation. Ecological Entomology 2014, 39(4):492-500.   

  15.Peng Y-Q, Zhang Y, Compton SG, Yang D-R: Fig wasps from the centre of figs have more chances to mate, more offspring and more female-biased offspring sex ratios. Animal Behaviour 2014, 98(0):19-25.   

  16.Peng YQ, Zhang Y, Compton SG, Yang DR: Fig wasps from the centre of figs have more chances to mate, more offspring and more female-biased offspring sex ratios. Animal Behaviour 2014, 98:19-25.   

  17.Martinson EO, Jander KC, Peng YQ, Chen HH, Machado CA, Arnold AE, Herre EA: Relative investment in egg load and poison sac in fig wasps: Implications for physiological mechanisms underlying seed and wasp production in figs. Acta Oecologica-International Journal of Ecology 2014, 57:58-66.   

  18.Li ZB, Yang P, Peng YQ, Yang DR: Ultrastructure and distribution of sensilla on the antennae of female fig wasp Eupristina sp (Hymenoptera: Agaonidae). Acta Zoologica 2014, 95(1):73-83.   

  19.Chantarasuwan B, Peng YQ, Baas P, Rasplus JY, van Heuven BJ, van Welzen PC: Ficus cornelisiana, a new species of Ficus subsection Urostigma (Moraceae) from the Sino-himalayan region. Blumea 2014, 59(1):6-9.   

  20.Basso-Alves JP, Pereira RAS, Peng YQ, Teixeira SP: Different ontogenetic processes promote dicliny in Ficus L. (Moraceae). Acta Oecologica-International Journal of Ecology 2014, 57:5-16.   

  21.Ma YC, Peng YQ, Yang DR: Description of two new species of Walkerella (Pteromalidae, Otitesellinae) from China with a key to species of the genus. Zootaxa 2013, 3702(5):473-483.   

  22.Liu C, Yang DR, Compton SG, Peng YQ: Larger Fig Wasps Are More Careful About Which Figs to Enter - With Good Reason. PLoS One 2013, 8(9).   

  23.Chen HH, Yang DR, Gu D, Compton SG, Peng YQ: Secondary galling: a novel feeding strategy among "non-pollinating' fig wasps from Ficus curtipes. Ecological Entomology 2013, 38(4):381-389.   

  24.Zhang Y, Yang DR, Peng YQ, Compton SG: Costs of inflorescence longevity for an Asian fig tree and its pollinator. Evolutionary Ecology 2012, 26(3):513-527.   

  25.Yang P, Li ZB, Peng YQ, Yang DR: Exchange of hosts: can agaonid fig wasps reproduce successfully in the figs of non-host Ficus? Naturwissenschaften 2012, 99(3):199-205.   

  26.Kusumi J, Azuma H, Tzeng HY, Chou LS, Peng YQ, Nakamura K, Su ZH: Phylogenetic analyses suggest a hybrid origin of the figs (Moraceae: Ficus) that are endemic to the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands, Japan. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 2012, 63(1):168-179.   

  27.Gu D, Yang DR, Compton SG, Peng YQ: Age at pollination modifies relative male and female reproductive success in a monoecious fig tree. Symbiosis 2012, 57(2):73-81.   

  28.Gu D, Compton SG, Peng YQ, Yang DR: 'Push' and 'pull' responses by fig wasps to volatiles released by their host figs. Chemoecology 2012, 22(4):217-227.   

  29.Garcia M, Bain A, Tzeng HY, Peng YQ, Chou LS, Kjellberg F: PORTABLE MICROSATELLITE PRIMERS FOR FICUS (MORACEAE). American Journal of Botany 2012, 99(5):E187-E192.   

  30.Miao BG, Yang DR, Liu C, Peng YQ, Compton SG: The impact of a gall midge on the reproductive success of Ficus benjamina, a potentially invasive fig tree. Biological Control 2011, 59(2):228-233.   

  31.Liu C, Yang DR, Peng YQ: Body size in a pollinating fig wasp and implications for stability in a fig-pollinator mutualism. Entomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata 2011, 138(3):249-255.   

  32.Cruaud A, Jabbour-Zahab R, Genson G, Kjellberg F, Kobmoo N, van Noort S, Yang DR, Peng YQ, Ubaidillah R, Hanson PE et al: Phylogeny and evolution of life-history strategies in the Sycophaginae non-pollinating fig wasps (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea). Bmc Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11.   

  33.Cruaud A, Jabbour-Zahab R, Genson G, Couloux A, Peng YQ, Rong YD, Ubaidillah R, Pereira RAS, Kjellberg F, van Noort S et al: Out of Australia and back again: the world-wide historical biogeography of non-pollinating fig wasps (Hymenoptera: Sycophaginae). Journal of Biogeography 2011, 38(2):209-225.   

  34.Wang ZJ, Zhang FP, Peng YQ, Bai LF, Yang DR: Comparison of reproductive strategies in two externally ovipositing non-pollinating fig wasps. Symbiosis 2010, 51(2):181-186.   

  35.Wang ZJ, Peng YQ, Compton SG, Yang DR: Reproductive strategies of two forms of flightless males in a non-pollinating fig wasp under partial local mate competition. Ecological Entomology 2010, 35(6):691-697.   

  36.Peng YQ, Zhao JB, Harrison RD, Yang DR: Ecology of parasite Sycophilomorpha sp. on Ficus altissima and its effect on the fig-fig wasp mutualism. Parasitology 2010, 137(13):1913-1919.   

  37.Peng YQ, Compton SG, Yang DR: The reproductive success of Ficus altissima and its pollinator in a strongly seasonal environment: Xishuangbanna, Southwestern China. Plant Ecology 2010, 209(2):227-236.   

  38.Chen JY, Lee S, Cao YQ, Peng YQ, Winkler D, Yang DR: Ethnomycological Use of Medicinal Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis (Berk.) G. H. Sung et al. (Ascomycetes) in Northern Yunnan Province, SW China. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 2010, 12(4):427-434.   

  39.Zhang FP, Peng YQ, Compton SG, Zhao Y, Yang DR: Host pollination mode and mutualist pollinator presence: net effect of internally ovipositing parasite in the fig-wasp mutualism. Naturwissenschaften 2009, 96(4):543-549.   

  40.Zhang FP, Peng YQ, Compton SG, Yang DR: Floral Characteristics of Ficus curtipes and the Oviposition Behavior of Its Pollinator Fig Wasp. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 2009, 102(3):556-559.   

  41.Ma WJ, Yang DR, Peng YQ: Disturbance effects on community structure of Ficus tinctoria fig wasps in Xishuangbanna, China: Implications for the fig/fig wasp mutualism. Insect Science 2009, 16(5):417-424.   

  42.Ma WJ, Peng YQ, Yang DR, Guan JM: Coevolution of reproductive characteristics in three dioecious fig species and their pollinator wasps. Symbiosis 2009, 49(2):87-94.   

  43.Li ZB, Yang P, Peng YQ, Yang DR: Ultrastructure of antennal sensilla of female Ceratosolen solmsi marchali (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Agaonidae: Agaoninae). Canadian Entomologist 2009, 141(5):463-477.   

  44.Zhang FP, Peng YQ, Guan JM, Yang DR: A species of fig tree and three unrelated fig wasp pollinators. Evolutionary Ecology Research 2008, 10(4):611-620.   

  45.Zhai SW, Yang DR, Peng YQ: Reproductive strategies of two Philotrypesis species on Ficus hispida. Symbiosis 2008, 45(1-3):117-120.   

  46.Yang DR, Peng YQ, Yang P, Guan JM: The community structure of insects associated with figs at Xishuangbanna, China. Symbiosis 2008, 45(1-3):153-157.   

  47.Peng YQ, Duan ZB, Yang DR, Rasplus JY: Co-occurrence of two Eupristina species on Ficus altissima in Xishuangbanna, SW China. Symbiosis 2008, 45(1-3):9-14.   

  48.Harrison RD, Ronsted N, Peng YQ: Foreword - Fig and fig wasp biology: A perspective from the East. Symbiosis 2008, 45(1-3):1-8.   

  49.Van Noort S, Peng YQ, Rasplus JY: First record of the fig wasp genus Diaziella Grandi (Hymenoptera : Chalcidoidea : Pteromalidae : Sycoecinae) from the Asian mainland with description of two new species from China. Zootaxa 2006(1337):39-59.   

  50.Shi ZH, Yang DR, Peng YQ: The style-length of the female florets and their fate in two dioecious species of Xishuangbanna, China. Trees-Structure and Function 2006, 20(4):410-415.   

  51.Peng YQ, Yang DR, Wang QY: Quantitative tests of interaction between pollinating and non-pollinating fig wasps on dioecious Ficus hispida. Ecological Entomology 2005, 30(1):70-77.   

  52.Peng YQ, Yang DR, Duang ZB: The population dynamics of a non-pollinating fig wasp on Ficus auriculata at Xishuangbanna, China. Journal of Tropical Ecology 2005, 21:581-584.   

  53.Liu FL, Fu WJ, Yang DR, Peng YQ, Zhang XW, He JZ: Reinforcement of bee-plant interaction by phenolics in food. Journal of Apicultural Research 2004, 43(4):155-157.   

  54.Yang DR, Peng YQ, Song QS, Zhang GM, Wang RW, Zhao TZ, Wang QY: Pollination biology of Ficus hispida in the tropical rainforests of Xishuangbanna, China. Acta Botanica Sinica 2002, 44(5):519-526.   


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