Phylogenomic analysis clarifies the evolutionary origin of Coffea arabica L.

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Yves BawinS. Janssens


Interspecific hybridization events have played a major role in plant speciation, yet, the evolutionary origin of hybrid species often remains enigmatic. Here, we inferred the evolutionary origin of the allotetraploid species Coffea arabica, which is widely cultivated for Arabica coffee production. We estimated genetic distances between C. arabica and all species that are known to be closely related to C. arabica using genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) data. In addition, we reconstructed a time-calibrated multilabeled phylogenetic tree of 24 species to infer the age of the C. arabica hybridization event. Ancestral states of self-compatibility were also reconstructed to infer the evolution of self-compatibility in Coffea. C. canephora and C. eugenioides were confirmed as the putative progenitor species of C. arabica. These species most likely hybridized between 1.08 million and 543 thousand years ago. We inferred the phylogenetic relationships between C. arabica and its closest relatives and shed new light on the evolution of self-compatibility in Coffea. Furthermore, the age of the hybridization event coincides with periods of environmental upheaval, which may have induced range shifts of the progenitor species that facilitated ...Continue Reading

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