The complete plastid genome sequence of Welwitschia mirabilis: an unusually compact plastome with accelerated divergence rates

@inproceedings{McCoy2007TheCP,
  title={The complete plastid genome sequence of Welwitschia mirabilis: an unusually compact plastome with accelerated divergence rates},
  author={Skip R McCoy and Jennifer V. Kuehl and Jeffrey L. Boore and Linda A. Raubeson},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2007}
}
Welwitschia mirabilis is the only extant member of the family Welwitschiaceae, one of three lineages of gnetophytes, an enigmatic group of gymnosperms variously allied with flowering plants or conifers. Limited sequence data and rapid divergence rates have precluded consensus on the evolutionary placement of gnetophytes based on molecular characters. Here we report on the first complete gnetophyte chloroplast genome sequence, from Welwitschia mirabilis, as well as analyses on divergence rates… CONTINUE READING
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