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Plastid phylogenomics and green plant phylogeny: almost full circle but not quite there

Charles C Davis*, Zhenxiang Xi and Sarah Mathews

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Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 22 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

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BMC Biology 2014, 12:11  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-12-11

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Published: 17 February 2014


A study in BMC Evolutionary Biology represents the most comprehensive effort to clarify the phylogeny of green plants using sequences from the plastid genome. This study highlights the strengths and limitations of plastome data for resolving the green plant phylogeny, and points toward an exciting future for plant phylogenetics, during which the vast and largely untapped territory of nuclear genomes will be explored.