Systematics and evolution of lycophytes and ferns

  title={Systematics and evolution of lycophytes and ferns},
  author={Harald Schneider and Eric Schuettpelz},
  journal={Journal of Systematics and Evolution},
Welcome to this special issue of the Journal of Systematics and Evolution focused on the systematics and evolution of lycophytes and ferns. It is our hope that it will inspire innovative research on these plants at this critical time where human activities are transforming biodiversity as we know it. Lycophytes and ferns are distinct evolutionary lineages, with ferns strongly supported as sister to seed plants and lycophytes, in turn, sister to this large (euphyllophyte) clade. Notably, however… 

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