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The Closest Living Relatives of Land Plants
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A four-gene phylogenetic analysis supports the hypothesis that the land plants are placed phylogenetically within the Charophyta, identifies the Charales (stoneworts) as the closest living relatives of plants, and shows the Coleochaetales as sister to this Charales/land plant assemblage.
The Selaginella Genome Identifies Genetic Changes Associated with the Evolution of Vascular Plants
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The genome sequence of the lycophyte Selaginella moellendorffii (Selaginella), the first nonseed vascular plant genome reported, is reported, finding that the transition from a gametophytes- to a sporophyte-dominated life cycle required far fewer new genes than the Transition from a non Seed vascular to a flowering plant.
Complete plastome sequences of Equisetum arvense and Isoetes flaccida: implications for phylogeny and plastid genome evolution of early land plant lineages
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Results from this study demonstrate resolution among the four monilophytes lineages, albeit with moderate support; and posit a clade consisting of Equisetaceae and Psilotaceae that is sister to the "true ferns," including Marattiaceae.
Charophyte algae and land plant origins.
Parallel evolution of glucosinolate biosynthesis inferred from congruent nuclear and plastid gene phylogenies.
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Robust support is obtained for the finding of parallel origins of glucosinolate biosynthesis from likely cyanogenic ancestors, the "mustard oil bomb" was invented twice.
Circumscription of the Malvales and relationships to other Rosidae: evidence from rbcL sequence data.
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A two-step parsimony analysis on 125 rbcL sequences to clarify the composition of Malvales, to determine the relationships of some controversial families, and to identify the placement of the MalVales within Rosidae strongly support the monophyly of the core malvalean families.
PHYLOGENY OF THE CONJUGATING GREEN ALGAE (ZYGNEMOPHYCEAE) BASED ON rbc  L SEQUENCES
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The molecular data do not support hypotheses of monophyly for groups of extant unicellular and filamentous or colonial desmid genera exhibiting a common cell shape, but imply that multicellular placoderm desmids are monophyletic.
The Complete Plastid Genome Sequence of Angiopteris evecta (G. Forst.) Hoffm. (Marattiaceae)
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The overall structural similarity to Psilotum indicates either wholesale conservation of genome organization, or (less likely) repeated convergence to a stable structure in the Angiopteris evecta genome.
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