A Comprehensive Phylogenomic Platform for Exploring the Angiosperm Tree of Life

William J Baker, Paul Bailey, Vanessa Barber, Abigail Barker, Sidonie Bellot, David Bishop, Grace Brewer, Tom Carruthers, James J Clarkson, Jeffrey Cook, Robyn S Cowan, Steven Dodsworth, Niroshini Epitawalage, Berta Gallego, Matthew Johnson, Jan T Kim, Kevin Leempoel, Olivier Maurin, Catherine McGinnie, Lisa PokornyShyamali Roy, Malcolm Stone, Eduardo Toledo, Norman J Wickett, Alexandre R Zuntini, Wolf L Eiserhardt, Paul J Kersey, Ilia J Leitch

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The tree of life is the fundamental biological roadmap for navigating the evolution and properties of life on Earth, and yet remains largely unknown. Even angiosperms (flowering plants) are fraught with data gaps, despite their critical role in sustaining terrestrial life. Today, high-throughput sequencing promises to significantly deepen our understanding of evolutionary relationships. Here, we describe a comprehensive phylogenomic platform for exploring the angiosperm tree of life, comprising a set of open tools and data based on the 353 nuclear genes targeted by the universal Angiosperms353 sequence capture probes. The primary goals of this paper are to (i) document our methods, (ii) describe our first data release and (iii) present a novel open data portal, the Kew Tree of Life Explorer (https://treeoflife.kew.org ). We aim to generate novel target sequence capture data for all genera of flowering plants, exploiting natural history collections such as herbarium specimens, and augm
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-319
JournalSystematic Biology
StatePublished - Feb 2022


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