Samuel Vanden Abeele

Samuel Vanden Abeele
University of Cambridge | Cam · Department of Plant Sciences

PhD in Biology

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Introduction
I am an evolutionary plant biologist. I am using phylogenomics and population genomics to better understand the evolution of tropical African tree species and crop wild relatives.
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January 2022 - September 2022
Meise Botanic Garden
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  • Scientific Collaborator

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Publications (19)
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Research Highlights: Two novel sets of polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed for Prioria balsamifera and Prioria oxyphylla through high-throughput sequencing. Validation in two populations of each species proved the utility of the developed primers to estimate genetic diversity at population level. Background and Objectives: Prioria ba...
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Premise: Many cultivated coffee varieties descend from Coffea canephora, commonly known as Robusta coffee. The Congo Basin has a century long history of Robusta coffee cultivation and breeding, and is hypothesized to be the region of origin of many of the cultivated Robusta varieties. Since little is known about the genetic composition of C. canep...
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Background Comparative phylogeographic studies on rainforest species that are widespread in Central Africa often reveal genetic discontinuities within and between biogeographic regions, indicating (historical) barriers to gene flow, possibly due to repeated and/or long-lasting population fragmentation during glacial periods according to the forest...
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Phylogenies are a central and indispensable tool for evolutionary and ecological research. Even though most angiosperm families are well investigated from a phylogenetic point of view, there are far less possibilities to carry out large-scale meta-analyses at order level or higher. Here, we reconstructed a large-scale dated phylogeny including near...
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Collection and storage of crop wild relative (CWR) germplasm is crucial for preserving species genetic diversity and crop improvement. Nevertheless, much of the genetic variation of CWRs is absent in ex situ collections and detailed passport data are often lacking. Here, we focussed on Musa balbisiana, one of the two main progenitor species of many...
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Aims This study has been carried out to determine the spatial variability of faba bean seed Fe, Zn and Se content across agro-ecological zones in central and southwestern Ethiopia, where it is an important source of protein in the diet. The study assessed whether soil properties, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), faba bean characteristics and gen...
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Premise: Many cultivated coffee varieties descend from Coffea canephora , commonly known as Robusta coffee. The Congo Basin has a century long history of Robusta coffee cultivation and breeding, and is hypothesized to be the region of origin of many of the cultivated Robusta varieties. Since little is known about the genetic composition of C. canep...
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Crop wild relatives (CWR) are an indispensable source of alleles to improve desired traits in related crops. While knowledge on the genetic diversity of CWR can facilitate breeding and conservation strategies, it has poorly been assessed. Cultivated bananas are a major part of the diet and income of hundreds of millions of people and can be conside...
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Background To enforce timber import laws and perform timber species identification, the identity of the botanical species must be well-defined. Since the Sapotaceae family is known as a taxonomically challenging family, we focus in this study on the four most valuable Sapotaceae timber species from tropical Africa: Autranella congolensis (De Wild.)...
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Background: The current data paper aims to interlink the African plant collections of the Meise Botanic Garden Herbarium (BR) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa Xylarium (Tw). Complementing both collections strengthens the reference value of each institutional collection, as more complete metadata are made available and it enables increased q...
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The illegal timber trade is still rampant so robust identification and tracking techniques are necessary to combat this wildlife crime. To follow and enforce timber import laws and adjoining timber species identification, the identity of the botanical species must be well defined. Since the Sapotaceae family is known as a taxonomically challenging...
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Crop wild relatives (CWRs) play a key role in crop breeding by providing beneficial trait characteristics for improvement of related crops. CWRs are more efficiently used in breeding if the plant material is genetically characterized, but the diversity in CWR genetic resources has often poorly been assessed. Seven seed collections of Musa balbisian...
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Phylogenies are a central and indispensable tool for evolutionary and ecological research. Even though most angiosperm families are well investigated from a phylogenetic point of view, there are far less possibilities to carry out large-scale meta-analyses at order level or higher. Here, we reconstructed a large-scale dated phylogeny including near...
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Staudtia kamerunensis (Myristicaceae) or 'Niové' is an evergreen tree widespread in Central African moist forests. The bark and seeds are used in traditional medicine, yet the tree is mainly harvested for its high quality, multi-purpose timber. To facilitate sustainable harvesting and conservation of the species, we aim to develop microsatellite ma...
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The "Exploration of wild banana populations in Papua New Guinea" took place from 7 to 17 June 2017 and focused on the regions around Madang (Madang Province) and Lae (Morobe Province). In the framework of the PhenSeeData project, the aim of the collecting mission was the collection of wild banana samples that would allow performing population genet...

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Population genomics and phylogeography of the monodominant tree species Gilbertiodendron dewevrei using targeted enrichment of nuclear genes.
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https://herbaxylaredd.africamuseum.be/ In order to renew, complement and strengthen the reference value of both the Herbarium (Botanic Garden Meise) and the Xylarium (Royal Museum for Central Africa), HERBAXYLAREDD aims at generating knowledge, through analysis of specimens’ traits and meta-data, on Central African forest ecosystems and forest products.