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Advances in the Use of DNA Barcodes to Build a Community Phylogeny for Tropical Trees in a Puerto Rican Forest Dynamics Plot

Kress, W. John; Erickson, David L.; Swenson, Nathan G.; Thompson, Jill; Uriarte, Maria; Zimmerman, Jess K.. 2010 Advances in the Use of DNA Barcodes to Build a Community Phylogeny for Tropical Trees in a Puerto Rican Forest Dynamics Plot. PLoS One, 5 (11), e15409. 10.1371/journal.pone.0015409

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Abstract/Summary

Background Species number, functional traits, and phylogenetic history all contribute to characterizing the biological diversity in plant communities. The phylogenetic component of diversity has been particularly difficult to quantify in species-rich tropical tree assemblages. The compilation of previously published (and often incomplete) data on evolutionary relationships of species into a composite phylogeny of the taxa in a forest, through such programs as Phylomatic, has proven useful in building community phylogenies although often of limited resolution. Recently, DNA barcodes have been used to construct a robust community phylogeny for nearly 300 tree species in a forest dynamics plot in Panama using a supermatrix method. In that study sequence data from three barcode loci were used to generate a well-resolved species-level phylogeny.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1371/journal.pone.0015409
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 2 - Ecological Processes in the Environment > BD - 2.1 - Interactions ... structure ecosystems and their functioning
CEH Sections: Watt
ISSN: 1932-6203
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: PLoS One is an Open Access journal, to access full text, please click on the OFFICIAL URL link
Additional Keywords: community ecology, DNA barcodes, forest dynamics, phylogeny, tropical trees
NORA Subject Terms: Botany
Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 17 Feb 2011 09:01
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13444

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