Polyploid formation shapes flowering plant diversity.

  title={Polyploid formation shapes flowering plant diversity.},
  author={Samuel V. Scarpino and Donald A. Levin and Lauren Ancel Meyers},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={184 4},
Polyploidy, or whole genome duplication, has been an important feature of eukaryotic evolution. This is especially true in flowering plants, where all extant angiosperms have descended from polyploid species. Here we present a broad comparative analysis of the effect of polyploidy on flowering plant diversity. We examine the widely held hypothesis that polyploid flowering plants generate more diversity than their diploid counterparts, by fitting stochastic birth/death models to observed ploidal… CONTINUE READING
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