Monday, 31 August 2015

Patterns of microbial diversification

James O'Dwyer  (Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology) has produced a series of microbial family trees with distinct evolutionary patterns. He has sorted sequence data into a new kind of family tree (phylogenetic tree) that displays patterns of diversification. Diversification includes 22 microbial communities, chosen to represent a breadth of habitat types: plant, marine, and human gut and skin.

For further details see:

James P. O’Dwyer, Steven W. Kembel, Thomas J. Sharpton. Backbones of evolutionary history test biodiversity theory for microbes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015; 112 (27): 8356 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1419341112

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