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Study Results from Missouri Botanical Garden Provide New Insights into Plant Taxonomy

May 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Investigators discuss new findings in Life Science Research. According to news reporting originating in St. Louis, Missouri, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Monophyly and phylogeny of Menonvillea were studied using molecular phylogenetic analyses of nuclear ribosomal (ITS) and chloroplast (trnL-F) DNA sequences. The phylogenies obtained were contrasted with the morphology of the genus."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Missouri Botanical Garden, "Menonvillea, excluding M rollinsii, is monophyletic, and this species is sister to Cremolobus. Molecular and morphological data support the segregation of M. rollinsii into the new genus Aimara. Within the Menonvillea Glade, three strongly supported and morphologically well-defined lineages were obtained."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The geographical distribution of Aimara and the Menonvillea lineages are discussed."

For more information on this research see: Molecular phylogeny of Menonvillea and recognition of the new genus Aimara (Brassicaceae: Cremolobeae). Taxon, 2013;62(6):1220-1234. Taxon can be contacted at: Int Assoc Plant Taxonomy-Iapt, C, O Inst Botany, Slovak Acad Sciences Dubravska Cesta 9, Sk-845 23 Bratislava, Slovakia (see also Life Science Research).

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D.L. Salariato, Missouri Bot Garden, St Louis, MO 63166, United States. Additional authors for this research include F.O. Zuloaga and I.A. Al-Shehbaz.

Keywords for this news article include: Missouri, St. Louis, United States, Life Science Research, North and Central America

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