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African spiny Solanum (subgenus Leptostemonum, Solanaceae): a thorny phylogenetic tangle
Although most diverse in the New World tropics, approximately 100 species of Solanum (Solanaceae) are native to continental Africa and Madagascar. The majority of these are ‘spiny solanums’ (subgenusExpand
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Anatomical enablers and the evolution of C4 photosynthesis in grasses
C4 photosynthesis is a series of anatomical and biochemical modifications to the typical C3 pathway that increases the productivity of plants in warm, sunny, and dry conditions. Despite itsExpand
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Wild Relatives of the Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.: Solanaceae): New Understanding of Species Names in a Complex Group
Background The common or brinjal eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) belongs to the Leptostemonum Clade (the “spiny” solanums) of the species-rich genus Solanum (Solanaceae). Unlike most of the genus,Expand
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A 250 plastome phylogeny of the grass family (Poaceae): topological support under different data partitions
The systematics of grasses has advanced through applications of plastome phylogenomics, although studies have been largely limited to subfamilies or other subgroups of Poaceae. Here we present aExpand
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Native or Exotic? Double or Single? Evaluating Plants for Pollinator-friendly Gardens.
In a series of dawn-to-dusk studies, we examined the nature and accessibility of nectar rewards for pollinating insects by monitoring insect visits and the secretion rate and standing crop of nectarExpand
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Photosynthetic innovation broadens the niche within a single species.
Adaptation to changing environments often requires novel traits, but how such traits directly affect the ecological niche remains poorly understood. Multiple plant lineages have evolved C4Expand
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Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery
Most people can name a mammal or bird that has become extinct in recent centuries, but few can name a recently extinct plant. We present a comprehensive, global analysis of modern extinction inExpand
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Madagascar's grasses and grasslands: anthropogenic or natural?
Grasses, by their high productivity even under very low pCO2, their ability to survive repeated burning and to tolerate long dry seasons, have transformed the terrestrial biomes in the Neogene andExpand
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Contrasting dispersal histories of broad‐ and fine‐leaved temperate Loliinae grasses: range expansion, founder events, and the roles of distance and barriers
Aim Successful colonization after long-distance dispersal (LDD) depends on the availability of suitable habitats and competitive ability. In this study, we address the hypothesis that two widelyExpand
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