Dr Juan Carlos Villarreal
Dr Juan Carlos Villarreal, Research Associate Bryology
Juan-Carlos is an evolutionary biologist and bryologist with research interest in symbiosis, based at the Institut de biologie Intégrative et des systèmes, Université Laval.
I am interested in the evolution of plants and lichens. I use electron microscopy, DNA sequences and genomic data to resolve deep and shallow divergences in plants, especially bryophytes. My recent interests are the functional genomics of cyanobacterial-plant symbioses, especially cycads (Zamia) and the hornwort Leiosporoceros dussii. I am developing genomic resources for hornworts, particularly the species Leiosporoceros dussii. I am also interested in plant-microbial interaction in Canadian Arctic bryophytes and lichens, in particular the genus Stereocaulon.
- Selected publications
Li, F.-W., Villarreal, J.C. & Szovenyi, P. (2017) Hornworts: an overlooked window into carbon-concentrating mechanism. Trends in Plant Science, 22: 275-277.
Villarreal, J.C., Ducket, J.G. & Pressel, S. (2017) Morphology, ultrastructure and phylogenetic affinities of the single-island endemic Anthoceros cristatus Steph.(Ascension Island). Journal of Bryology, 39: 226-234.
Renzaglia, K.S., Villarreal, J.C., Piatkowsky, B.T., Reagan, J.L. & Merced, A. (2017) Hornwort stomata: architecture and fate shared with 400 million year old fossil plant without leaves. Plant Physiology, 174: 788-797.
Villarreal, J.C., Crandall-Stotler, B.J., Hart, M.L., Long, D.G. & Forrest, L.L. (2016) Divergence times and the evolution of morphological complexity in an early land plant lineage (Marchantiopsida) with a slow molecular rate. New Phytologist, 209: 1734-1746.
Söderstr.m, L. & 40 authors, Villarreal, J.C. (2016) World Checklist of hornworts and liverworts. Phytokeys, 59: 1-828.
Villarreal, J.C. & Renzaglia, K. (2015) The hornworts: important advancements in early land plant evolution. Journal of Bryology, 37: 157-170.
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