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Ancient flowering plants: DNA sequences and angiosperm classification

Mark W Chase* and Michael F Fay

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Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3DS, UK

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Genome Biology 2001, 2:reviews1012-reviews1012.4  doi:10.1186/gb-2001-2-4-reviews1012

Published: 22 March 2001


Phylogenetic analyses of gene sequences provide a clear pattern of which extant flowering plant genera diversified earliest. Combined with complete genomic sequences, these data will vastly improve understanding of the genetic basis of plant diversity.