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LISTON LAB ASSEMBLES PHYLOGENETIC DATA SET FOR MILKWEEDS

Thousands of nuclear loci via target enrichment and genome skimming
Hyb-Seq utilizes next-generation sequencing and hybridization-based enrichment for plant phylogenomic studies. Kevin Weitemier, Shannon C. K. Straub*, Richard C. Cronn, Mark Fishbein, RoswithaSchmickl, Angela McDonnell, and Aaron Liston. Applications in Plant Sciences, 2(9) 2014

The use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies in phylogenetic studies is in a state of continual development and improvement. Though the botanically-inclined have historically focused on markers from the chloroplast genome, the importance of incorporating nuclear data is becoming increasingly evident. Nuclear genes provide not only the potential to resolve relationships between closely related taxa, but also the means to disentangle hybridization and better understand incongruences caused by incomplete lineage sorting and introgression.

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Image: Asclepias cryptoceras (Kevin Weitemier)

* Shannon Straub now at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY