Diversification of Micromeria is congruent with the surfing syngameon hypothesis
Our most recent work on the diversification of Micromeria in the Canary Islands was published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology 17. The paper is Open Access and can be downloaded here.
Our study discusses the role that inter-island colonization, hybridization and gene-flow play in Micromeria diversification. Furthermore, our results suggest the existence of a syngameon, following the surfing syngameon hypothesis (Caujapé-Castells 2011. In: Bramwell D, Caujapé-Castells J. The biology of island floras, p. 284–324), which might facilitate speciation and colonization on oceanic archipelagos.
New paper on Micromeria
Our recent paper on Micromeria was published today in Phytotaxa 317: "Nomenclatural Notes on Macaronesian Micromeria (Lamiaceae)". After our proposal for conserving the names M. varia and M. hyssopifolia was turned down by the General Committee (Wilson, KL. 2017. Report of the General Committee: 17. Taxon 66: 478–480), these two taxa needed to be renamed. The new names are: Micromeria ericifolia (Roth) Bornmüller for M. hyssopifolia and M. tragothymus Webb & Berthelot for M. varia.