Vast DNA Tree of Life for Flowering Plants Revealed by Global Science Team

Scientists use 1.8 billion letters of genetic code to build ground-breaking tree of life.

The most up-to-date understanding of the flowering plant tree of life is presented in a new study published April 24, 2024 in Nature by an international team of 279 scientists, including three University of Michigan (U-M) biologists. Using 1.8 billion letters of genetic code from more than 9,500 species covering almost 8,000 known flowering plant genera (ca. 60%), this achievement sheds new light on the evolutionary history of flowering plants and their rise to ecological dominance on Earth. The open-access article is titled “Phylogenomics and the Rise of the Angiosperms.” Led by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the UK, the research team believes the data will aid future attempts to identify new species, refine plant classification, uncover new medicinal compounds, and conserve plants in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss.
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