Plant systematics and evolution


The diversification of life is studied through systematic biology. Specific aims of phylogenies are the reconstruction of both past and present plant evolution and relationships among groups of plants through time. At Bioflora we have focused our phylogenetic and biogeographical research of temperate grasses (Poeae-Aveneae, Loliinae, Brachypodium), distributed in most continents, including model species of temperate cereals and other ecologically and economically important grass species. We have also investigated the phylogenies and historical distributions of other monocot (Dioscoreaceae and Orchidaceae) and of dicot (Cleomoideae) plant groups. 


Selected papers and books:

.- Gordon SP, Contreras-Moreira B, Levy JJ, Djamei A, Czedik-Eysenberg A, Tartaglio VS, Session A, Martin J, Cartwright A, Katz A, Singan VR, Goltsman E, Barry K, Dinh-Thi VH, Chalhoub B, Diaz-Perez A, Sancho R, Lusinska J, Wolny E, Nibau C, Doonan JH, Mur L, Plott C, Jenkins J, Hazen SP, Lee SJ, Shu S, Goodstein D, Rokhsar D, Schmutz J, Hasterok R, Catalán P, Vogel JP. 2020. Gradual polyploid genome evolution revealed by a pan-genomic analysis of Brachypodium hybridum and its diploid progenitors. Nature Communications 11:3670. A

.- Catalan P, Vogel JP. 2020. Advances on genomics, biology, ecology and evolution of Brachypodium, a bridging model grass system for cereals and biofuel grasses. New Phytologist 227:1587-1590. A

.- Becana M, Yruela I, Sarath G, Catalan P, Hargroves MS. 2020. Plant hemoglobins: a journey from unicellular algae to vascular plants. New Phytologist 227:1618-1635. A

.- Arnelas I, Pérez-Collazos E, Devesa JA, Manzaneda AJ, Catalán P. 2020. Taxonomic differentiation of Iberian knapweeds (Centaurea sects. Jacea and Lepteranthus, Asteraceae) and genetic isolation of infraspecific floral morphotypes. Annals Missouri Botanical Garden 105:1-21. A

.- Seidl A, Pérez-Collazos E, Tremetsberger K, Carine M, Catalán P, Bernhardt KG. 2020. Phylogeny and biogeography of the Pleistocene Holarctic steppe and semidesert goosefoot plant Krascheninnikovia ceratoides. Flora 262: 151504. Pérez-Collazos E, Segarra-Moragues JG K, Villar L, Catalán P. A

.- Moreno-Aguilar MF, Arnelas I, Sánchez A, Viruel J, Catalán P. 2020. Museomics unveil the phylogeny and biogeography of the neglected Juan Fernandez archipelago Megalachne and Podophorus endemic grasses and their connection with relict Pampean-Ventanian fescues. Frontiers in Plant Sciences, 11:819. A

.- Shiposha V, Marques I, López-Álvarez D, Manzaneda A, Hernández P, Olonova M, Catalan P. 2020. Multiple founder events explain the genetic diversity and structure of the model allopolyploid grass Brachypodium hybridum in the Iberian Peninsula hotspot. Annals of Botany 125: 625–638. . A

.- Sancho R, Cantalapiedra CP, López-Álvarez D, Gordon SP, Vogel JP, Catalan P, Contreras-Moreira B. 2018. Comparative plastome genomics and phylogenomics of Brachypodium: flowering time signatures, introgression and recombination in recently diverged ecotypes. New Phytologist 218: 1631-1644. doi: 10.1111/nph.14926. A

.- Marques I, Shiposha V, López-Álvarez D, Manzaneda A, Hernández P, Olonova M, Catalan P. 2017. Environmental isolation explains Iberian genetic diversity in the highly homozygous model grass Brachypodium distachyon. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17: 139. DOI 10.1186/s12862-017-0996-x. A

.- Ezquerro López D., Kopecký D. & Inda L.A. 2017. Cytogenetic relationships within the Maghrebian clade of Festuca subgen. Schedonorus (Poaceae), using flow cytometry and FISH. Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 74: e052. A

.- Pimentel M, Escudero M, Sahuquillo E, Minaya MA, Catalán P. 2017. Diversification rates and chromosome evolution in the temperate grasses (Pooideae) are associated with major environmental changes in the Oligocene-Miocene. PeerJ 5:e3815; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3815. A

.- Shiposah V, Catalan P, Olonova M, Marques I. 2016. Genetic structure and diversity of the selfing model grass Brachypodium stacei (Poaceae) in Western Mediterranean: out of the Iberian Peninsula and into the islands. PeerJ 4:e2407; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2407.

.- Viruel J, Segarra-Moragues JG, Raz L, Forest F, Wilkin P, Sanmartin I, Catalán P. 2016. Late Cretaceous – Early Eocene origin of yams (Dioscorea, Dioscoreaceae) in the Laurasian Palearctic and their subsequent Oligocene – Miocene diversification. Journal of Biogeography 43: 750-762. 

.- Marques I, Montgomery S, Barker MS, Macfarlane T, Conran J, Catalán P, Rieseberg L, Rudall PJ, Graham SW. 2015. Transcriptome-derived evidence 1 supports recent polyploidization and a major phylogeographic division in Trithuria submersa (Hydatellaceae, Nymphaeales). New Phytologist (doi 10.1111/nph.13755).

.- Simon-Porcar VI, Pérez-Collazos E, Catalán P. 2015. Phylogeny and systematics of the western Mediterranean Vella pseudocytisus - V aspera complex (Brassicaceae)Turkish Journal of Botany 39: 472-486. A

.- Minaya M, Díaz-Pérez AJ, Mason-Gamer R, Pimentel M, Catalán P. 2015. Evolution of the beta-amylase gene in the temperate grasses: non-purifying selection, recombination, semiparalogy, homeology and phylogenetic signal. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 91: 68-85. A

.- Inda L.A., Sanmartin I, Buerki S, Catalán P. 2014. Mediterranean origin and Miocene-Holocene Old World diversification of meadow fescues and ryegrasses (Festuca subgen. Schedonorus and Lolium). Journal of Biogeography 41: 600-614. A


.- Dündar E, Bush D, Catalán P. 2014. Plant phylogenetics and molecular genetics in the new era of genomics. Turkish Journal of Botany. 38: i-ii. A


.- Diaz-Pérez A, Sharifi-Tehrani M, Inda LA, Catalán P. 2014. Polyphyly, gene-duplication and extensive allopolyploidy framed the evolution of the ephemeral Vulpia grasses and other fine-leaved Loliinae (Poaceae)Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 79: 92-105. A

.- Torrecilla P, Acedo C, Marques I, Diaz-Pérez AJ, López-Rodríguez JA, Mirones V, Sus A, Llamas F, Alonso A, Pérez-Collazos E, Viruel J, Sahuquillo E, Sancho MC, Komac B, Manso JA, Segarra-Moragues JG, Draper D, Villar L, Catalán P. 2013. Morphometric and molecular variation in concert: taxonomy and genetics of the reticulate Pyrenean and Iberian alpine spiny fescues (Festuca eskia complex, Poaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 173: 676-706. A

.- Inda LA, Wolny E. 2013. Fluorescent in situ hybridization of the ribosomal RNA genes (5S and 35S) in the genus Lolium: Lolium canariense, the missing link with Festuca?. Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 70: 97-102.

.- Pimentel M, Sahuquillo E, Torrecilla Z, Popp M, Catalán P, Brochmann C. 2013. Hybridizations and long-distance colonizations at different time scales: towards resolution of long-term controversies in the sweet vernal grasses (Anthoxanthum). Annals of Botany (doi: 10.1093/aob/mct170). A 

.- Minaya M, Pimentel M, Mason-Gamer R, Catalán P. 2013. Distribution and evolutionary dynamics of Stowaway Miniature Inverted repeat Transposable Elements (MITEs) in grasses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 106-118. A

.- Catalán P, Gonzalez-Candelas F. 2012. Técnicas y marcadores filogenéticos. In: Zardoya R, Vargas P (eds.): El árbol de la vida: sistemática y evolución de los seres vivos. Madrid 533-542. CL 

.- López-Alvarez D, López-Herranz ML, Betekhtin A, Catalán P. 2012. A DNA barcoding method to discriminate between the model plant Brachypodium distachyon and its close relatives B. stacei and B. hybridum (Poaceae). PLoS ONE 7(12): e51058. A. 

.- Girón V, Garnatje T, Vallés J, Pérez-Collazos E, Catalán P, Valdés B. 2012. Geographical distribution of diploid and tetraploid cytotypes of Thymus sect. Mastichina (Lamiaceae) in the Iberian Peninsula: genome size and evolutionary processes. Folia Geobotanica 47: 441-460. A 

.- Garnatje T, Pérez-Collazos E, Pellicer J, Catalán P. 2012. Balearic insular isolation and large continental spread framed the phylogeography of the western Mediterranean Cheirolophus intybaceus (Asteraceae). Plant Biology 15: 166-175. A.

.- Inda LA, Pimentel M, Chase MW. 2012. Phylogenetics of tribe Orchideae (Orchidaceae; Orchidoideae) based on combined DNA matrices: inferences regarding timing of diversification and evolution of pollination syndromes. Annals of Botany 110:71-90. A 

.- Catalán P, Müller J, Hasterok R, Jenkins G, Mur LAJ, Langdon T, Betekhtin A, Siwinska D, Pimentel M, López-Alvarez D. 2012. Evolution and taxonomic split of the model grass Brachypodium distachyon (L.) P. Beauv. Annals of Botany 109: 385–405. A 

.- Segarra-Moragues JG, Catalan P. 2011. Characterization of microsatellite loci in Festuca gautieri (Poaceae) and transferability to F. eskia and F. × picoeuropeana. American Journal of Botany, AJB Primer Notes & Protocols in the Plant Sciences 98: e360–e362. A. 

.- Mur L, Allainguillaume J, Catalán P, Hasterok R, Jenkins G, Lesniewska K, Thomas I, Vogel J. 2011. Exploiting the Brachypodium Tool Box in cereal and grass research. New Phytologist 191: 334-347. 

.- Viruel J, Catalan P, Segarra-Moragues JG. 2010. New microsatellite loci in the dwarf yams Dioscorea group Epipetrum (Dioscoreaceae). American Journal of Botany, AJB Primer Notes & Protocols in the Plant Sciences: e121-e123. A 

.- Pérez-Collazos E, Sánchez S, Barriuso JJ, Palazón C. 2010. Molecular Identification of Truffles. Atti 3 congtresso internazionale di Spoleto sul Tartufo. pp: 122-129. A  

.- Inda LA, Pimentel M, Chase M.. 2010. Contribution of mitochondrial cox1 intron sequences to the phylogenetics of tribe Orchideae (Orchidaceae): Do the distribution and sequence of this intron in orchids also tell us something about its evolution? Taxon, 59: 1054-1064. A. 

.- Inda LA, Pimentel M, Chase MW. 2010. Chalcone synthase variation and phylogenetic relationships in Dactylorhiza (ORCHIDACEAE). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 163: 155-165. A. 

.- Viruel J, Segarra-Moragues JG, Pérez-Collazos E, Villar L, Catalán P. 2010. Systematic revision of the Epipetrum, Group of Dioscorea (Dioscoreaceae) endemic to Chile. Systematic Botany 35: 40-63. A .- Pimentel M, Catalán P, Sahuquillo E. 2010. Morphological and molecular taxonomy of the annual diploids Anthoxanthum aristatum and A. ovatum (Poaceae) in the Iberian Peninsula. Evidence of introgression in natural populations. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 164: 53-71. A 

.- Quintanar A, Catalán P, Castroviejo S. 2010. A review of the systematics and phylogenetics of the Koeleriinae (Poaceae: Poeae), in Seberg O, Petersen G, Barfod & Davis JD (eds.): Diversity, phylogeny and evolution in the monocotyledons, pp. 539-556. Aarhus University Press. Aarhus. CL 

.- Ortega-Olivencia A, Catalán P. 2009. Systematics and evolutionary history of the circum-Mediterranean genus Anagyris L. (Fabaceae) based on morphological and molecular data. Taxon 58: 1290-1306. A .- Sequeira M, Diaz-Pérez A, Santos-Guerra A, Catalán P. 2009. Karyological analysis of the five native Macaronesian Festuca (Gramineae) grasses supports a distinct diploid origin of two schizoendemic groups. Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 66:55-63. A 

.- Viruel J, Segarra-Moragues JG, Pérez-Collazos E, Villar L, Catalán P. 2008. The diploid nature of the Chilean Epipetrum and a new base number in the Dioscoreaceae. New Zealand Journal of Botany 46: 327-339. A 

.- Segarra-Moragues JG, Catalán P. 2008. Glacial survival, phylogeography, and a comparison of microsatellite evolution models for explaining population structure in two species of dwarf yams (Borderea, Dioscoreaceae) endemic to the central Pyrenees. Plant Ecology and Diversity 1 (2) 229-243. A 

.- Diaz-Pérez A, Sequeira M, Santos-Guerra A, Catalán P. 2008. Multiple colonizations, in-situ speciation, and volcanism-associated stepping-stone dispersals shaped the phylogeography of the Macaronesian red fescues (Festuca L., Gramineae). Systematic Biology 57: 732-749. A 

.- Inda LA, Torrecilla P, Catalán P, Ruiz-Zapata T. 2008. Phylogeny of Cleome L. and its close genera Podandrogyne Ducke and Polanisia Raf. (Cleomoideae, Cleomaceae) based on analysis of nuclear ITS sequences and morphology. Plant Systematics and Evolution 274: 111-126. A

.- Segarra-Moragues JG, Palop-Esteban M, González-Candelas F, Catalán P. 2007. Nunatak survival versus tabula rasa in the Central Pyrenees, a study on the endemic plant species Borderea pyrenaica (Dioscoreaceae). Journal of Biogeography 34: 1893-1906. A 

.- Quintanar A, Castroviejo S, Catalán P. 2007. Phylogeny of Aveneae (Poaceae) inferred from nuclear and plastid DNA sequence analysis. American Journal of Botany 94: 1554-1569. A 

.- Catalán P, Torrecilla P, López-Rodríguez JA, Müller J, Stace CA. 2007. A systematic approach to subtribe Loliinae (Poaceae: Pooideae) based on phylogenetic evidence, pp. 380-405, In J. T. Columbus, E. A. Friar, J. M. Porter, L. M. Prince, and M. G. Simpson, Monocots: Comparative Biology and Evolution-Poales. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, California, USA. CL 

.- Quintanar A, Catalán P, Castroviejo S. 2006. Adscription of Parafestuca albida (Lowe) E.B. Alexeev to Koeleria Pers. Taxon 55(3): 664-670. A 

.- Catalán P, Torrecilla P, López-Rodríguez JA, Müller J. 2006. Molecular evolutionary rates shed new lights on the relationships of Festuca, Lolium, Vulpia and related grasses (Loliinae, Pooideae, Poaceae), in Bailey, J. P. and Ellis R. G. (eds.). Current Taxonomic Research on the British & European Flora. pp. 45-70. Botanical Society of the British Isles. London. CL .- 

Müller J, Catalán P. 2006. Notes on the infrageneric classification of Festuca L. (Gramineae). Taxon 55: 139-144. A 

.- Catalán P. 2006. Phylogeny and evolution of Festuca L. and related genera of subtribe Loliinae (Poeae, Poaceae). In: Sharma A. K. and A. Sharma . Plant Genome: Biodiversity and evolution. Vol. 1D. Chapter 10. pp. 255-303. Enfield, New Hampshire (USA). CL 

.- Catalán P, Segarra-Moragues JG, Palop-Esteban M, Moreno C, Gonzalez-Candelas F. 2006. A Bayesian approach for discriminating among alternative inheritance hypotheses in plant polyploids: the allotetraploid origin of genus Borderea (Discoreaceae). Genetics 172: 1939-1953. A 

.- Torrecilla P, Catalán P. 2005. Aspectos evolutivos de las Festucas del Pirineo: una aproximación molecular. Lucas Mallada 11: 173-192. A 

.- Torrecilla P, López-Rodríguez JA, Catalán P. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships of Vulpia and related genera (Poeae, Poaceae) based on analysis of ITS and trnL-F sequences. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 91: 124-158. A 

.- Catalán P, Torrecilla P, López-Rodríguez JA, Olmstead RG. 2004. Phylogeny of the festucoid grasses of subtribe Loliinae and allies (Poeae, Pooideae) inferred from ITS and trnL-F sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31: 517-541. A 

.- Torrecilla P, López-Rodríguez JA , Stancik D, Catalán P. 2003. Systematics of Festuca L. sects. Eskia Willk., Pseudatropis Kriv.,Amphigenes (Janka) Tzvel., Pseudoscariosa Kriv. And Scariosae Hack. based on analysis of morphological characters and DNA sequences. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 239: 113-139. A 

.- Torrecilla P, Catalán P. 2002. Phylogeny of broad-leaved and fine-leaved Festuca lineages (Poaceae) based on nuclear ITS sequences. Systematic Botany 27(2): 241-251. A 

.- Catalán P, Olmstead RG. 2000. Phylogenetic reconstruction of the genus Brachypodium P.Beauv. (Poaceae) from combined sequences of chloroplast ndhF gene and nuclear ITS. Plant Systematics and Evolution 220: 1-19. A