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Comparative Genomics, Development, Physiology and Systematics of the Brassicaceae and Cleomaceae

Schranz, M. Eric [1], Hall, Jocelyn [2].

Comparative Genomics, Development, Physiology and Systematics of the Brassicaceae and Cleomaceae.

Recently we have seen a significant increase in studies using a comparative approach surrounding model organisms. The wealth of genetic and genomic resources available for the Brassicaceae, particularly the Brassica vegetables and the model species Arabidopsis thaliana, creates unique opportunities for comparative analyses with its sister family Cleomaceae. A prerequisite for comparative studies within and between these two groups is robust phylogenies. During the last year great strides have been made in our understanding of phylogenetic relationships within Brassicaceae, resulting in a major revision for the family. A similar taxonomic revision, and supporting molecular phylogenetic analysis, for the Cleomaceae is due for publication within the next year. These new developments in our understanding of relationships greatly aide in the study and interpretation of evolutionary patterns. A number of researchers have begun investigating novel genomic, physiological and morphological traits within the Cleomaceae and basal members of the Brassicaceae utilizing a phylogenetic framework. These recent advances make it is an ideal time to bring these various researchers together. This symposium is envisioned as an opportunity for scientists working on comparative analyses between the Brassicaceae and Cleomaceae to present information about (1) the most update phylogenetic analyses for these groups; (2) and how this phylogenetic information is being utilized to study comparative genomic, morphological and developmental traits. One of the major goals is to foster communication between researchers from a broad range of disciplines. Also, Dr. Hugh Iltis of the University of Wisconsin will be in attendance. Dr. Iltis has been working with Cleomaceae for the past 60 years and we would also like to use the symposium to honor his significant contributions.


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1 - University of Amsterdam, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, P.O. Box 94062, Amsterdam, 1090 GB, The Netherlands
2 - University of Alberta, Department of Biological Sciences, Room: B 608, Biological Sciences Bldg., Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E9, Canada

Keywords:
Cleomaceae
Brassicaceae
genomics
cytogenetics
phylogenetics
development
C4 photosynthesis.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY07
Location: Stevens 2/Hilton
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007
Time: 1:00 PM
Number: SY07SUM
Abstract ID:1209


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