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Systematics Section/ASPT

Drew, Bryan T. [1], Hinchliff, Cody [2], Smith, Stephen A. [3], Soltis, Douglas E. [4].

Green Plants and the Open Tree of Life.

The Open Tree of Life Project is an NSF funded collaborative endeavor that involves 10 institutions, 11 PIs, several postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and consultants. A major goal of Open Tree is to assemble existing phylogenetic trees into a single synthetic draft tree of life that encompasses all ca. 1.8 million named species on earth. In addition, the Open Tree project aims to develop tools that allow systematists to provide phylogenetic data in order to improve portions of the Tree so that it becomes a community exercise. Moreover, other tools will enable use of the synthetic tree in downstream analyses by systematists, evolutionary biologists, and ecologists. Here we elucidate the procedure that we used to obtain green plant phylogenies for the Open Tree of Life and discuss some of the challenges we faced in their procurement and in building the Big Bang Tree. Furthermore, we will discuss possible downstream applications of the Big Tree and how these utilities may be useful to the scientific community.

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1 - University of Florida,, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL
2 - University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ann Arbor, MI
3 - University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2071A Kraus Natural Science Building, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA
4 - University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL, 32611

Big Bang Tree
Open Tree of Life
Green Plants.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 38
Location: Salmon/Snake/Boise Centre
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM
Number: 38002
Abstract ID:841
Candidate for Awards:None

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