Resolving The Classification And Evolutionary History Of The Eucalypts

Grant number: LP0455375

Abstract

This collaborative project addresses the need to achieve a stable classification of the eucalypts, Australia's most ecologically and commercially important trees. The industry partners are lead agencies with responsibility for classification and identification of biodiversity, delivering taxonomic knowledge for end-users. Despite molecular studies in the last decade, the phylogenetic relationships of a number of the major subgroups of the eucalypts are unknown. We will sequence new regions of DNA and combine this with morphological data to resolve the relationships of the eucalypt lineages, and hence their classification. Phylogenetic analysis also aids identification of high-value areas for..

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