González R; Butković A; Escaray F; Martínez-Latorre J; Melero I; Pérez-Parets E; Gómez-Cadenas A; Carrasco P; Elena SF†. (2021)
Plant virus evolution under strong drought conditions results in a transition from parasitism to mutualism.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 118, e2020990118. Read here
This work shows that if the environment endangers the host, viruses can evolve to provide a host increased tolerance to the adverse conditions.

Butkovic A; González R; Elena SF.† (2021)
Revisiting Orthotospovirus phylogeny using full-genome data and testing the contribution of selection, recombination and segments reassortment in the origin of new species.
Archives of Virology. 166, 491–499. Read here
Updated Orthotospovirus phylogeny, using full-genome sequences.

González R^†; Butkovic A^; Rivarez MPS; Elena, SF.† (2020)
Natural variation in Arabidopsis thaliana rosette area unveils new genes involved in plant development
Scientific Reports. 10, 17600. Read here
Genome-wide study of the Arabidopsis thaliana rosette area that identified new genes involved in plant growth.

Butkovic A; González R; Cobo I; Elena, SF†. (2020)
Adaptation of turnip mosaic potyvirus to a specific niche reduces its genetic and environmental robustness.
Virus evolution. 6, veaa041. Read here
This work shows that viruses highly adapted to their host are more sensitive to random mutations and temperature conditions than non-adapted viruses.

González R†^; Butković A^; Elena SF†. (2020)
From foes to friends: viral infections expand the limits of host phenotypic plasticity.
Advances in Virus Research. 106, 85-121. Read here
Review of works showing how viruses can alter their host phenotypic plasticity so they can survive in the face of unpredictable environmental stress.

González R; Butković A; Elena SF†. (2019)
Role of host genetic diversity for susceptibility-to-infection in the evolution of virulence of a plant virus.
Virus evolution. 5, vez024. Read here
This work illustrates how the genetic diversity of hosts in an ecosystem affects virus adaptation, as viruses specialized faster in homogeneous populations but were more pathogenic in heterogeneous ones.

González R^; Wu B^; Li X; Martínez F†; Elena SF†. (2019)
Mutagenesis scanning uncovers evolutionary constraints on tobacco etch potyvirus membrane-associated 6K2 protein.
Genome Biology and Evolution. 11, 1207–1222. Read here
Honourable Mention in Best Student Paper Awards for papers published in 2019 in GBE
This study unveils the evolutionary constraints on a 6K2 potyviral protein, with an evolutionary tradeoff between within-host accumulation and severity of symptoms.

Rolán-Alvarez E†; Carvajal-Rodríguez A; de Coo A; Cortés B; Estévez D; Ferreira M; González R; Briscoe AD. (2015)
The scale-of-choice effect and how estimates of assortative mating in the wild can be biased due to heterogeneous samples.
Evolution. 69, 1845–1857. Read here
This work suggest that the low frequency of negative assortative mating observed in the literature may be due to the investigator’s sampling simple.


Butković A; González R; Rivarez MPS; Elena, SF.† (2020)
Arabidopsis thaliana genes contributing to differences in the outcome of infection with generalist and specialist strains of Turnip mosaic virus identified by genome-wide association studies.
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Genome-wide study of the Arabidopsis thaliana response to viral infection that identified new host genes involved in plant defence and virus replication.

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