Reconstructing the evolutionary history of polyploids from multilabeled trees

Katharina T. Huber, Bengt Oxelman, Martin Lott, Vincent Moulton

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In recent studies, phylogenetic networks have been derived from so-called multilabeled trees in order to understand the origins of certain polyploids. Although the trees used in these studies were constructed using sophisticated techniques in phylogenetic analysis, the presented networks were inferred using ad hoc arguments that cannot be easily extended to larger, more complicated examples. In this paper, we present a general method for constructing such networks, which takes as input a multilabeled phylogenetic tree and outputs a phylogenetic network with certain desirable properties. To illustrate the applicability of our method, we discuss its use in reconstructing the evolutionary history of plant allopolyploids. We conclude with a discussion concerning possible future directions. The network construction method has been implemented and is freely available for use from
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1784-1791
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Biology and Evolution
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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