Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University
Laura Parducci

Forest Palaeogenetics

Welcome to my site!

In my group we study the ecology and evolution of forest plant populations at high latitudes. We study how genetic variation, demographic history and distributional ranges of plants have been shaped during the climatic events of the last thousands of years.

Over the past plants have persisted through long periods of climate change including several glacial and interglacial periods.

Pollen and macrofossil records from lake and peat sediments have shown how populations changed their distribution ranges in response to such changing conditions, implying also demographic and genetic changes due to drift and to adaptation to new environments.

In our studies we use mainly plant ancient DNA extracted from fossil plant archives and we analyzed it through metagenomic and metabarcoding techniques. The methodologies we used are: next generation sequencing techniques (NGS), single cell sequencing techniques (SCS) and bioinformatic analyses, including species distribution modeling analyses (SDM).

Because remains from plant species are better preserved in sediments from colder regions, the plant ancient DNA we use come principally from pollen and sediments (sedimentary DNA) extracted from lakes, peat and permafrost from northern Europe.

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Selected publications

Ahmed E, Ågren R, Unneberg P, Schenk F, Rattray J, Han L, Yamoah KA, Muschitiello F, Pedersen MW, Smittenberg RH, Parducci L, Slotte T, Wohlfarth B (2017) Archaeal community successions in Lateglacial lake sediments: Implications for paleo-climate change Quaternary Science Reviews, accepted with minor revision.

Lendvay B, Hartmann M, Brodbeck S, Nievergelt D, Reinig F, Zoller S. Parducci L, Gugerli F, Büntgen U, Sperisen C. (2017) Improved recovery of ancient DNA from subfossil wood – application to the world’s oldest Late Glacial pine forest. New Phytologist, in print

Parducci L, Bennett KD (2017) The real significance of ancient DNA. American Journal of Botany, 104: 800-802, doi: ajb.1700073v1104/6/800

Parducci L Bennett KD, Wood JR, Suyama Y, Alsos Greve I, Ficetola GF, Winther Pedersen M (2017) Ancient plant DNA from lake sediments. New Phytologist, Tansley Review, 214 (3), doi: doi: 10.1111/nph.14470

Ribeiro MM, Piotti A, Ricardo A, Gaspar D, Costa R, Parducci L, Vendramin GG (2017) Influence of Wildfire and Gene Flow on Arbutus unedo L. (Ericaceae) Genetic Diversity. PlosOne, 12:e0175239

Tsuda Y , Chen J, Stocks M, Källman M , Sønstebø JH , Parducci L, Semerikov V, Sperisen C, Politov D, Ronkainen T, Väliranta M, Vendramin GG, Tollefsrud MM, Martin Lascoux M (2016) The extent and meaning of hybridization and introgression between Siberian spruce (Picea obovata) and Norway spruce (P. abies): cryptic refugia as stepping stones to the west? Mol Ecol. doi: 10.1111/mec.13654

Parducci, L & Tollefsrud, MM (2016) Gran och tall kan ha överlevt i Skandinavien under istiden. [Glacial survival  of pine and spruce in northern Scandinavia.] Svensk Bot. Tidskr. 110:6.

Georgolopoulos G, Parducci L, Drouzas AD.  (2016) A short phylogenetically informative cpDNA fragment for the identification of Pinus species. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology , vol 66, pp 166-172.

Parducci L, Väliranta M, Salonen JS, Ronkainen T, Matetovici I, Fontana SL, Eskola T, Sarala P, Suyama Y. (2015) Proxy comparison in ancient peat sediments: pollen, macrofossil and plant DNA. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 370: 20130382.

Parducci L, Matetovici I, Fontana SL, Bennett KD, Suyama Y, Haile J, Kjær KH, Krog Larsen N, Drouzas AD, Willerslev E. (2013) Molecular and pollen-based vegetation analysis in lake sediments from central Scandinavia. Molecular Ecology, 22, 3511–3524 (pdf).

Parducci L, Jørgensen T, Tollefsrud MM, Elverland E,  Alm T, Fontana SL, Bennett KD, Haile J, Matetovici I, Suyama Y, Edwards ME, Andersen K, Rasmussen M, Boessenkool S, Coissac E, Brochmann C, Taberlet P, Houmark-Nielsen M, Krog Larsen N, Orlando L, Gilbert MTP, Kjær KH, Greve Alsos I, Willerslev E. (2012) Glacial Survival of Boreal Trees in Northern Scandinavia. Science 335, 1083-1086 (pdf)

Magyari EK, Major A, Bálint M, Nédli J, Braun M, Rácz I, Parducci L (2011) Population dynamics and genetic changes of Picea abies in the South Carpathians inferred from pollen and ancient DNA analyses. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:66 (pdf)

MacDonald GM, Bennett KD, Jackson ST, Parducci L., Smith FA, Smol JP, Willis KJ (2008) Frontiers in Cenozoic paleobiogeographic research. Progress in Physical Geography 32(2), 139–172 (pdf).

Parducci L, Suyama Y, Lascoux M, Bennett KD (2005) Ancient DNA from pollen: a genetic record of plant population history. Molecular Ecology 14, 2873-2882 (pdf)