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Molecular Systematics of Plants II : DNA Sequencing :  DNA Sequencing - Pamela S. Soltis

Molecular Systematics of Plants II : DNA Sequencing

DNA Sequencing

Hardcover Published: June 1998
ISBN: 9780412111211
Number Of Pages: 574

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In the five years since the publication of Molecular Systematics of Plants, the field of molecular systematics has advanced at an astonishing pace. This period has been marked by a volume of new empirical data and advances in theoretical and analytical issues related to DNA. Comparative DNA sequencing, facilitated by the amplification of DNA via the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), has become the tool of choice for molecular systematics. As a result, large portions of the Molecular Systematics of Plants have become outdated. Molecular Systematics of Plants II summarizes these recent achievements in plant molecular systematics. Like its predecessor, this completely revised work illustrates the potential of DNA markers for addressing a wide variety of phylogenetic and evolutionary questions. The volume provides guidance in choosing appropriate techniques, as well as appropriate genes for sequencing, for given levels of systematic inquiry. More than a review of techniques and previous work, Molecular Systematics of Plants II provides a stimulus for developing future research in this rapidly evolving field. Molecular Systematics of Plants II is not only written for systematists (faculty, graduate students, and researchers), but also for evolutionary biologists, botanists, and paleobotanists interested in reviewing current theory and practice in plant molecular systematics.

`This is a very useful handbook for university teachers and it is also a good textbook for graduate students in systematics.' trends in plant science, 4:6 (1999) `The success of Molecular Systematics of Plants (P. Soltis, et al, 1992), which is the precursor of this volume, is indicated by the fact that my paperback copy has recently split into two down the spine after seven years of hard consultation ... The theoretical chapters are excellent. ... I would like to report that I anticipate my copy of this book will also break down the spine through over-use. ... The editors and authors deserve congratulations for the excellence of this book ... I suspect that chapters in this book will provide the backbone of the burgeoning discipline of molecular systematics for the next few years.' Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 57:1 (2000)

Preface
Contributors
Choosing an Approach and an Appropriate Gene for Phylogenetic Analysisp. 1
Contributions of PCR-based Methods to Plant Systematics and Evolutionary Biologyp. 43
Comparative Utility of Chloroplast DNA Restriction Site and DNA Sequence Data for Phylogenetic Studies in Plantsp. 87
Homology in Molecular Phylogenetics: A Parsimony Perspectivep. 101
Maximum Likelihood as an Alternative to Parsimony for Inferring Phylogeny Using Nucleotide Sequence Datap. 132
Patterns of Sequence Evolution and Implications for Parsimony Analysis of Chloroplast DNAp. 164
Molecular Evolution of 18S rDNA in Angiosperms: Implications for Character Weighting in Phylogenetic Analysisp. 188
Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolutionary Studies of Parasitic Plantsp. 211
Estimating Rate and Time in Molecular Phylogenies: Beyond the Molecular Clock?p. 242
Phylogenetic Incongruence: Window into Genome History and Molecular Evolutionp. 265
Assessing Congruence: Empirical Examples from Molecular Datap. 297
Ontogenetic Systematics, Molecular Developmental Genetics, and the Angiosperm Petalp. 349
The Origin and Evolution of Plastids and Their Genomesp. 375
Molecular Phylogenetic Insights on the Origin and Evolution of Oceanic Island Plantsp. 410
Molecular Markers, Gene Flow, and Natural Selectionp. 442
Genetic Mapping as a Tool for Studying Speciationp. 459
A Perspective on the Contribution of Plastid rbcL DNA Sequences to Angiosperm Phylogeneticsp. 488
Molecular Systematics of the Green Algaep. 508
Phylogenetic Studies of Extant Pteridophytesp. 541
Indexp. 557
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ISBN: 9780412111211
ISBN-10: 0412111217
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 574
Published: June 1998
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.23

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