Review

Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 282, Issue 3, pp 257-280

Non-coding nuclear DNA markers in phylogenetic reconstruction

  • Miriam CalonjeAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University
  • , Santiago Martín-BravoAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University
  • , Christoph DobešAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University
  • , Wei GongAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University
  • , Ingrid Jordon-ThadenAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University
  • , Christiane KieferAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University
  • , Markus KieferAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University
  • , Juraj PauleAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University
  • , Roswitha SchmicklAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University
    • , Marcus A. KochAffiliated withHeidelberg Institute of Plant Science, Biodiversity and Plant Systematics, Heidelberg University Email author 

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Abstract

Molecular DNA based data sets are the most important resource for phylogenetic reconstruction. Among the various marker systems, which were introduced and optimized within the last decade, coding sequences played an important role, especially when molecular clock approaches and multi-gene datasets were assembled. However, non-coding DNA sequences do not only play a quantitatively dominant role, as demonstrated by the two examples nuclear ITS (Internal transcribed spacer regions of nuclear ribosomal DNA) and plastidic trnL-F region, but there is also a wide range of different marker systems that can be applied in different ways. Herein, we review the application of several non-coding nuclear DNA marker systems for phylogenetic reconstructions and summarize valuable information for future research.

Keywords

ETS Intron ITS Molecular marker Phylogenetic reconstruction Promoter SSR Transposon