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Evolutionary diversifications of plants on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) is the highest and one of the most extensive plateaus in the world. Phylogenetic, phylogeographic, and ecological studies support plant diversifications on the QTPExpand
Evolutionary history and underlying adaptation of alpine plants on the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau
This issue collected a total of 13 papers related to alpine biodiversity hotspots in the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau and outlined the outlook and direction of future research. Expand
Phylogenetic and biogeographic complexity of Magnoliaceae in the Northern Hemisphere inferred from three nuclear data sets.
  • Z. Nie, J. Wen, +5 authors E. Zimmer
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • 1 September 2008
A relaxed clock relying on uncorrelated rates suggests that the complicated divergent evolution of Magnolioideae began around the early Eocene (54.57mya), concordant with paleoclimatic and fossil evidence. Expand
Phylogeography of Sophora davidii (Leguminosae) across the ‘Tanaka‐Kaiyong Line’, an important phytogeographic boundary in Southwest China
The present data reject the geological (tectonic) explanation for the TKL and provide supportive evidence for its role as a climatically driven barrier to present‐day plant dispersal, and lend support to a ‘glacial out‐of‐Hengduan Mts’. Expand
Chloroplast phylogeny and phylogeography of Stellera chamaejasme on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and in adjacent regions.
The present wide distribution of this species on the Q-T Plateau platform and in northern China is likely to have resulted from a rapid post-glacial population expansion from the southeastern refugium involving founder effects, facilitated by the adjacent geographic range with a similar grassland habitat. Expand
Molecular phylogeny of Salix L. (Salicaceae) inferred from three chloroplast datasets and its systematic implications
Salix is a taxonomically difficult genus and its generic limits and infrageneric division are still highly controversial. We employed sequences of the chloroplast rbcL gene, trnD-T spacer andExpand
Widespread impact of horizontal gene transfer on plant colonization of land
It is shown that horizontal gene transfer is a dynamic process occurring frequently in the early evolution of land plants, and a model of horizontal gene Transfer mechanism in nonvascular and seedless vascular plants is proposed. Expand
Dispersals of Hyoscyameae and Mandragoreae (Solanaceae) from the New World to Eurasia in the early Miocene and their biogeographic diversification within Eurasia.
It is suggested that Hyoscyameae and Mandragoreae each forms a monophyletic group independently derived from different New World lineages in the early Miocene, which supports two independent dispersal events of their ancestors from the New World into Eurasia. Expand
Morphological and molecular evidence of natural hybridization between two distantly related Rhododendron species from the Sino-Himalaya
The detection of 15 hybrids indicates that, if Rhododendron underwent rapid radiation in this region, it did so in spite of permeable species barriers, and was asymmetrical, with R. delavayi as the major maternal parent in the hybrid zone. Expand
Distribution, compositional pattern and sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in urban soils of an industrial city, Lanzhou, China.
The results suggested that human exposure to those soils which polluted by high concentrations of PAHs through direct ingestion or inhalation of suspended soil particles probably poses a significant risk to human health from the carcinogenic effects ofPAHs. Expand