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Next-generation sequencing and systematics: What can a billion base pairs of DNA sequence data do for you?

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The increasing speed and decreasing cost of generating DNA sequence data has transformed experimental approaches in many fields of biology. In this review we describe some of the new technologies commercially available and in development, and discuss how plant taxonomy could benefit from the possible data generated. These benefits include better resolved phylogenies, potential for dealing with the difficulties posed by polyploidy and hybridisation, and new options for studying species boundaries and species relationships in recent radiations.
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Keywords: NEXT-GENERATION SEQUENCING; PHYLOGENETICS; SYSTEMATICS; TAXONOMY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, U.K.; and IMPS, University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Edinburgh, U.K., East Malling Research, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ, U.K. 2: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, U.K.; and IMPS, University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Edinburgh, U.K.;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 December 2011

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