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Evolution and Diversification in the Sapindales

Pell, Susan K. [1], Miller, Allison J. [2].

Evolution and diversification in the Sapindales.

The Sapindales represent a diverse and economically important group of eudicots including citrus, mahogany, tree-of-heaven, cashew, mango, pistachio, frankincense, myrrh, lychee, rambutan, maple, and buckeye. The APG system recognizes nine families in the order including: Anacardiaceae, Biebersteiniaceae, Burseraceae, Kirkiaceae, Meliaceae, Nitrariaceae, Rutaceae, Sapindaceae (incl. Aceraceae and Hippocastanaceae), and Simaroubaceae. In the last decade, researchers have made significant contributions to our understanding of evolution and diversification within the Sapindales: the order has been shown to be monophyletic, evolutionary relationships within and among families have been identified, morphological, anatomical, and structural links between families have been uncovered, and domestication histories have been elucidated. This colloquium represents a synthesis of diverse methodological approaches, including biogeography, comparative morphology and anatomy, ecology, molecular phylogenetics, paleobotany, population genetics, phylogeography, and systematics, providing a unique opportunity for biologists to consider evolution and diversification within a single order from a variety of perspectives. For researchers working within the Sapindales, the colloquium will serve to highlight the latest advances in this group, stimulating collaboration and an exchange of ideas among researchers involved in Sapindales research. For the broader audience, the Sapindales Colloquium represents an opportunity to consider how integrated, complementary approaches from a variety of disciplines can be used to achieve a deeper understanding of the evolutionary and ecological forces influencing diversification within a lineage.

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1 - Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11225, USA
2 - Saint Louis University, Biology Department, 3507 LaClede Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63103, USA


Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: C01
Location: Boulevard B/Hilton
Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: C01SUM
Abstract ID:990

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