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The imbalanced supertree of flowering-plant phylogeny

Sean W Graham and Quentin CB Cronk*

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UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, MacMillan Building, 2357 Main Mall, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada

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Genome Biology 2004, 5:236  doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-8-236

Published: 15 July 2004


Two contrasting approaches have been used to construct the overall tree of life from molecular data: one involves the analysis of single large datasets, while the other involves joining many independent smaller analyses into a supertree. A recent study uses the latter approach to produce the most complete phylogeny yet of flowering plant families.