Phylogenetic Supertrees Combining Information to Reveal the Tree of Life

ISBN-10: 1402023294
ISBN-13: 9781402023293
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $109.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 8/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 550
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

This is the first book on " phylogenetic supertrees ", a recent, but controversial development for inferring evolutionary trees. Rather than analyze the combined primary character data directly, supertree construction proceeds by combining the tree topologies derived from those data. This difference in strategy has allowed for the exciting possibility of larger, more complete phylogenies than are otherwise currently possible, with the potential to revolutionize evolutionarily-based research. This book provides a comprehensive look at supertrees, ranging from the methods used to build supertrees to the significance of supertrees to bioinformatic and biological research. Reviews of many the major supertree methods are provided and four new techniques, including a Bayesian implementation of supertrees, are described for the first time. The far-reaching impact of supertrees on biological research is highlighted both in general terms and through specific examples from diverse clades such as flowering plants, even-toed ungulates, and primates. The book also critically examines the many outstanding challenges and problem areas for this relatively new field, showing the way for supertree construction in the age of genomics. Interdisciplinary contributions from the majority of the leading authorities on supertree construction in all areas of the bioinformatic community (biology, computer sciences, and mathematics) will ensure that this book is a valuable reference with wide appeal to anyone interested in phylogenetic inference.

List of contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction
New uses for old phylogenies: an introduction to the volume
Reviews of existing methods. The MRP method
An assessment of matrix representation with compatibility in supertree construction
MRF supertrees
Everything you always wanted to know about average consensus and more
Tangled trees from multiple markers: reconciling conflict between phylogenies to build molecular supertrees
New supertree methods
Supertree methods for ancestral divergence dates and other applications
Steel Supertree algorithms for nested taxa
Quartet supertrees
Some desiderata for liberal supertrees
Taxonomy, supertrees and the Tree of Life
Garbage in, garbage out: data issues in supertree construction
Reconstucting divergence times for supertrees: a molecular approach
Performance of supertree methods on various data set decompositions
A critical look at supertrees
Unrooted supertrees: Limitations, traps and phylogenic patchworks
The cladistics of matrix representation with parsimony analysis
A critique of matrix representation with parsimony supertrees
Supertrees, components and three-item data
Supertrees and their applications
A molecular supertree of the Artiodactyla
Supertrees: using complete phylogenies in comparative biology
Using supertrees to investigate species richness in grasses and flowering plants
Detecting diversification rate variation in supertrees
Subject Index

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