Use of Chloroplast DNA Rearrangements in Reconstructing Plant Phylogeny

  • Stephen R. Downie
  • Jeffrey D. Palmer

Abstract

Reconstructing phytogenies among genera and at higher taxonomic levels always has been fraught with difficulties. Conventional plant classifications employ a diverse array of approaches (phytochemical, anatomic, morphologic, etc.) and often offer a synthesis of these data sets. Many of these traditional characters are susceptible to convergent evolution by natural selection; the ensuing homoplasy largely precludes robust phytogenies. Only recently have we been able to examine the genetic material itself to investigate phylogenetic relationships. Chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) variation has proven to be immensely valuable in reconstructing phytogenies at the species level, and the application of cpDNA comparisons at higher taxonomic levels is now being pursued actively.

Keywords

Recombination Polypeptide Flavonoid NADH Stein 

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