Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Open Access Phylogenetics of Morus (Moraceae) Inferred from ITS and trnL-trnF Sequence Data

Download Article:
 Download
(HTML 86.8 kb)
 
or
 Download
(PDF 590.2 kb)
 
Abstract—

Morus (Tribe Moreae, Moraceae) consists of ca. 13 species of trees distributed in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North, Central, and South America. The broad geographical distribution of the genus, overlapping ranges of many taxa, and documented hybridization between some species present interesting questions of taxonomy, phylogeny, and biogeography. Phylogenetic data for Morus also contribute to higher level taxonomic work in the family. We used sequence data from ITS of the nrDNA and the chloroplast trnL-trnF intergenic spacer to study phylogenetic relationships of Morus. Phylogenies based on separate data sets were not statistically incongruent, and the combined tree reveals that Morus, as currently circumscribed, is non-monophyletic. Subgenus Morus (sensu Leroy) is resolved as a clade and consists of two well-supported clades: one of Asian taxa and one of North American taxa. Sampled members of the genus Trophis (two, including the type) form a clade sister to subgenus Morus. Morus mesozygia (Africa; subgenus Afromorus) and M. insignis (Neotropics; subgenus Gomphomorus), which have not been included to date in other phylogenetic studies of the family, are placed outside the subgenus Morus-Trophis clade. This work is an important step in elucidating relationships of Morus and along with other recent phylogenetic studies in Moraceae, underscores the need for further work within Tribe Moreae to clarify natural generic relationships.

37 References.

No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: ITS; Moraceae; Moreae; Morus; phylogeny; trnL-trnF

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2012

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more