The evolution and phylogenetic placement of invasive Australian Acacia species
Joseph T Miller, Daniel J Murphy, Gillian K Brown, David M Richardson, Carlos E Gonzalez-Orozco
Diversity and Distributions | WILEY | Published : 2011
Aim Acacia is the largest genus of plants in Australia with over 1000 species. A subset of these species is invasive in many parts of the world including Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific region. We investigate the phylogenetic relationships of the invasive species in relation to the genus as a whole. This will provide a framework for studying the evolution of traits that make Acacia species such successful invaders and could assist in screening other species for invasive potential. Location Australia and global. Methods We sequenced four plastid and two nuclear DNA regions for 110 Australian Acacia species, including 16 species that have large invasive rang..View full abstract
We acknowledge financial support from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and Stellenbosch University towards the attendance of the October 2010 Acacia workshop in Stellenbosch by J.T.M. and D.J.M. D.M.R. acknowledges support from the Working for Water Programme and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology through their collaborative research project on 'Research for Integrated Management of Invasive Alien Species'. J.T.M. acknowledges the Hermon Slade Foundation and the Taxonomy Research and Information Network (TRIN) which is funded by the Australian Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities program for funding the phylogenetic research.