Alexandra N Muellner

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With information on fossils and extant distribution of diversity/endemism in the mahogany family, we perform a global biogeographic study of Meliaceae using plastid rbcL data for all subfamilies, tribes and nearly all genera. Our study indicates that: (1) Meliaceae are of western Gondwanan origin; (2) dispersal played an important role for the current(More)
Biebersteiniaceae comprise a single genus with four species of perennial herbs occurring from central Asia to Greece. A previous molecular phylogenetic study placed one of the species in an isolated position in Sapindales, while morphological studies had placed Biebersteinia in or near Geraniaceae, albeit doubtfully. We tested the monophyly and placement of(More)
Hypochaeris palustris (Phil.) De Wild. is a species growing in the southern Andean chain. To elucidate potential Pleistocene refugia and recolonization routes in the southern Andes, we analysed amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLPs) in 206 individuals in 21 populations of H. palustris from the coastal Cordillera, the central, northern, and eastern(More)
Phylogenetic analyses of 35 strains including 25 previously published sequences and 10 which have been newly sequenced, representing two species of Euglena, five species of Phacus and three species of Astasia, were carried out using the SSU rDNA. Parsimony, distance and maximum-likelihood inferred phylogenies support (1) monophyly of the euglenoids, (2)(More)
There has been considerable debate regarding locus choice for DNA barcoding land plants. This is partly attributable to a shortage of comparable data from proposed candidate loci on a common set of samples. In this study, we evaluated main candidate plastid regions (rpoC1, rpoB, accD) and additional plastid markers (psbB, psbN, psbT exons and the trnS-trnG(More)
Phylogenetic analyses of Meliaceae, including representatives of all four currently recognized subfamilies and all but two tribes (32 genera and 35 species, respectively), were carried out using DNA sequence data from three regions: plastid genes rbcL, matK (partial), and nuclear 26S rDNA (partial). Individual and combined phylogenetic analyses were(More)
Dated phylogenies have helped clarify the complex history of many plant families that today are restricted to the world's tropical forests, but that have Eocene, Oligocene, and Miocene fossils from the northern hemisphere. One such family is the Meliaceae. Here we infer the history of the neotropical Meliaceae genus Cedrela (17 species), the sister clade of(More)
We performed maximum parsimony and Bayesian analyses (nuclear ITS rDNA, plastid rps16 intron) to estimate phylogenetic relationships within Aglaia (over 100 species in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and Australia) and its relations among Aglaieae (Meliaceae). Based on 67 accessions of Aglaieae, three taxa of Guareae, and two taxa of Melieae (outgroup), this(More)
This study focuses on the 17 Neotropical species described in Cedrela (Meliaceae; Cedreleae), in particular C. odorata, which has been shown in past population genetic studies to be more variable than other tree species. We sampled two sets of molecular markers, nuclear ribosomal spacers (nrITS), and several plastid regions (the psbB, psbN, psbT exons and(More)
Genetics in European Gentianella Moench sect. Gentianella were investigated using internal transcribed spacer (ITS) nrDNA, trn L-F cpDNA and Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms (AFLP) fingerprint data to analyse relationships within the section. Both a cladistic and a phenetic approach, as well as nonhierarchical analysis (PCA) and partitioning of(More)
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