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BSA Past-Presidentís Symposium: Computational Issues and Solutions for the Study of Plant Phylogeny

Donoghue, Michael J. [1].

Why we need big phylogenetic trees.

Phylogenetic research over the last two decades has yielded a tremendously improved understanding of the phylogeny of plants. At one end of the spectrum, based upon a sparse sample of taxa, we have achieved a far better understanding of relationships among the major lineages. At the other end, analyses of complete samples for smaller clades have yielded important insights into adaptation and speciation. But, this leaves open a vast and largely uncharted territory in between. That is, we have not assembled significantly large, thoroughly sampled, convincing datasets for clades containing thousands of species. I will argue that this has become a major impediment to studies of plant evolution.


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1 - Yale University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Peabody Museum of Natural History, PO Box 208106, New Haven, CT, 06520-8106, USA

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Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY9
Location: Ballroom 2/Cliff Lodge - Level B
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM
Number: SY9001
Abstract ID:1235


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