Mark Eugene Mort

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The mutation rate at 54 perfect (uninterrupted) dinucleotide microsatellite loci is estimated by direct genotyping of 96 Arabidopsis thaliana mutation accumulation lines. The estimated rate differs significantly among motif types with the highest rate for AT repeats (2.03 x 10(-3) per allele per generation), intermediate for CT (3.31 x 10(-4)), and lowest(More)
The flora of Macaronesia, which encompasses five Atlantic archipelagos (Azores, Canaries, Madeira, Cape Verde, and Salvage), is exceptionally rich and diverse. Spectacular radiation of numerous endemic plant groups has made the Macaronesian islands an outstanding area for studies of evolution and speciation. Despite intensive investigation in the last 15(More)
commented upon the impact that phylogeny reconstruction has had on systematic botany. We further indicated that we feel that plant systematics is currently in a period of reevaluation of the data we have used as well as the methodology employed to estimate phylogeny. This is not to say that issues such as the use of morphological data versus molecular data(More)
Plant molecular systematic studies of closely related taxa have relied heavily on sequence data from nuclear ITS and cpDNA. Positive attributes of using ITS sequence data include the rapid rate of evolution compared to most plastid loci and availability of universal primers for amplification and sequencing. On the other hand, ITS sequence data may not(More)
Aichryson is a genus of annual or perennial herbs, comprising approximately 13 species. The genus is nearly endemic to Macaronesia, with the center of diversity on the Canary Islands. Previous studies indicate that Aichryson is monophyletic and sister to a clade comprising two other genera, Monanthes and Aeonium. However, phylogenetic relationships within(More)
Plants endemic to oceanic islands represent some of the most unusual and rare taxa in the world. Enzyme electrophoresis was used to assess genetic diversity within and divergence among all endemic species of a small genus of plants on the Canary Islands. Our results show that the genus Tolpis is similar to many other island groups in having generally low(More)
To explore the feasibility of parsimony analysis for large data sets, we conducted heuristic parsimony searches and bootstrap analyses on separate and combined DNA data sets for 190 angiosperms and three outgroups. Separate data sets of 18S rDNA (1,855 bp), rbcL (1,428 bp), and atpB (1,450 bp) sequences were combined into a single matrix 4,733 bp in length.(More)
are then summarized as a bootstrap consensus tree. The frequency at which each clade is recovered is termed the bootstrap proportion, or bootstrap support. Jackknife analyses (reviewed by Miller, 1974) have also been used to estimate internal support on phylogenetic trees (e.g., Farris et al., 1996; Källersjö et al., 1999). The jackknife differs from the(More)
The phylogenetic relationships of some angiosperm families have remained enigmatic despite broad phylogenetic analyses of rbcL sequences. One example is the aquatic family Podostemaceae, the relationships of which have long been controversial because of major morphological modifications associated with their aquatic habit. Podostemaceae have variously been(More)
Plants of oceanic islands, often remarkably divergent morphologically from continental relatives, are useful models for studying evolution and speciation because evolution is telescoped in time and space. Prior studies revealed little DNA sequence variation within the clade of ca. 10 Canary Island species of Tolpis, which precluded resolving species(More)