Josué Barrera Redondo

Humboldt Research Fellow | Max Planck Institute for Biology

Pumpkin evolution


The wild (left) and domesticated (right) subspecies of Cucurbita argyrosperma.
The evolutionary history of pumpkins (Cucurbita) is peculiar, as they have experienced a whole-genome duplication (WGD) event around 30 Mya. This WGD event allowed pumpkins to evolve novel genomic elements, which likely increased the evolutionary potential (evolvability) of the genus. It is no coincidence that humans were able to domesticate this genus at least six independent times in five different species, displaying several morphological convergences as well as unique traits for each domesticated taxon. Thus, pumpkins serve as a great model to understand the influence of WGDs on the mode and tempo of genome evolution, as well as to understand the basic processes of plant domestication.

I worked on this project during my Ph.D.,  but I still engage in constant collaboration with my previous lab to uncover the secrets of pumpkin evolution.

Publications


Population genomics of domesticated Cucurbita ficifolia reveals a recent bottleneck and low gene flow with wild relatives


Xitlali Aguirre-Dugua, Josué Barrera-Redondo, Jaime Gasca-Pineda, Alejandra Vázquez-Lobo, Andrea López-Camacho, Guillermo Sánchez-de la Vega, Gabriela Castellanos-Morales, Enrique Scheinvar, Erika Aguirre-Planter, Rafael Lira-Saade, Luis E. Eguiarte

Plants, vol. 12(23), 2023, p. 3989


The domestication of Cucurbita argyrosperma as revealed by the genome of its wild relative


Josué Barrera-Redondo, Guillermo Sánchez-de La Vega, Jonás A Aguirre-Liguori, Gabriela Castellanos-Morales, Yocelyn T Gutiérrez-Guerrero, Xitlali Aguirre-Dugua, Erika Aguirre-Planter, Maud I Tenaillon, Rafael Lira-Saade, Luis E Eguiarte

Horticulture Research, vol. 8, Oxford Academic, 2021, p. 109


Recent and historical gene flow in cultivars, landraces, and a wild taxon of Cucurbita pepo in Mexico


Carmina Martínez-González, Gabriela Castellanos-Morales, Josué Barrera-Redondo, Guillermo Sánchez-De La Vega, Helena S Hernández-Rosales, Jaime Gasca-Pineda, Erika Aguirre-Planter, Alejandra Moreno-Letelier, Ana E Escalante, Salvador Montes-Hernández, Rafael Lira-Saade, Luis E Eguiarte

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers, 2021, p. 307


Landrace diversity and local selection criteria of domesticated squashes and gourds (Cucurbita) in the central Andean mountain range of Peru: Tomayquichua, Huánuco


Josué Barrera-Redondo, Helena S Hernández-Rosales, Verónica Cañedo-Torres, Katia Aréstegui-Alegría, Juan Torres-Guevara, Fabiola Parra, Ignacio Torres-García, Alejandro Casas

Botanical Sciences, vol. 98, 2020, pp. 101-116


Gourds and tendrils of Cucurbitaceae: how their shape diversity, molecular and morphological novelties evolved via whole-genome duplications


Josué Barrera-Redondo, Rafael Lira-Saade, Luis E Eguiarte

Molecular Plant, vol. 13, Elsevier, 2020, pp. 1108-1110


Genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic tools to study the domestication of plants and animals: a field guide for beginners


Josué Barrera-Redondo, Daniel Piñero, Luis E Eguiarte

Frontiers in Genetics, vol. 11, Frontiers Media SA, 2020, p. 742


Evolutionary dynamics of transferred sequences between organellar genomes in Cucurbita


Xitlali Aguirre-Dugua, Gabriela Castellanos-Morales, Leslie M Paredes-Torres, Helena S Hernández-Rosales, Josué Barrera-Redondo, Guillermo Sánchez-de la Vega, Fernando Tapia-Aguirre, Karen Y Ruiz-Mondragón, Enrique Scheinvar, Paulina Hernández, ..., Luis E Eguiarte

Journal of Molecular Evolution, vol. 87, Springer, 2019, pp. 327-342




The genome of Cucurbita argyrosperma (silver-seed gourd) reveals faster rates of protein-coding gene and long noncoding RNA turnover and neofunctionalization within Cucurbita


Josué Barrera-Redondo, Enrique Ibarra-Laclette, Alejandra Vázquez-Lobo, Yocelyn T Gutiérrez-Guerrero, Guillermo Sánchez de la Vega, Daniel Piñero, Salvador Montes-Hernández, Rafael Lira-Saade, Luis E Eguiarte

Molecular Plant, vol. 12, Elsevier, 2019, pp. 506-520


Historical biogeography and phylogeny of Cucurbita: insights from ancestral area reconstruction and niche evolution


Gabriela Castellanos-Morales, Leslie M Paredes-Torres, Niza Gámez, Helena S Hernández-Rosales, Guillermo Sánchez-de la Vega, Josué Barrera-Redondo, Erika Aguirre-Planter, Alejandra Vázquez-Lobo, Salvador Montes-Hernández, Rafael Lira-Saade, Luis E Eguiarte

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 128, Elsevier, 2018, pp. 38-54


Domesticación, diversidad y recursos genéticos y genómicos de México: El caso de las calabazas


Luis E Eguiarte, Helena S Hernández-Rosales, Josué Barrera-Redondo, Gabriela Castellanos-Morales, Leslie M Paredes-Torres, Guillermo Sánchez-de la Vega, Karen Y Ruiz-Mondragón, Alejandra Vázquez-Lobo, Salvador Montes-Hernández, Erika Aguirre-Planter, others

TIP. Revista especializada en ciencias químico-biológicas, vol. 21, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza, 2018, pp. 85-101




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