Resolution of the ordinal phylogeny of mosses using targeted exons from organellar and nuclear genomes.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Mosses are a highly diverse lineage of land plants, whose diversification, spanning at least 400 million years, remains phylogenetically ambiguous due to the lack of fossils, massive early extinctions, late radiations, limited morphological variation, and conflicting signal among previously used markers. Here, we present phylogenetic reconstructions based on complete organellar exomes and a comparable set of nuclear genes for this major lineage of land plants. Our analysis of 142 species representing 29 of the 30 moss orders reveals that relative average rates of non-synonymous substitutions in nuclear versus plastid genes are much higher in mosses than in seed plants, consistent with the emerging concept of evolutionary dynamism in mosses. Our results highlight the evolutionary significance of taxa with reduced morphologies, shed light on the relative tempo and mechanisms underlying major cladogenic events, and suggest hypotheses for the relationships and delineation of moss orders.

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Cited Authors

  • Liu, Y; Johnson, MG; Cox, CJ; Medina, R; Devos, N; Vanderpoorten, A; Hedenäs, L; Bell, NE; Shevock, JR; Aguero, B; Quandt, D; Wickett, NJ; Shaw, AJ; Goffinet, B

Published Date

  • April 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1485 -

PubMed ID

  • 30940807

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6445109

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2041-1723

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2041-1723

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41467-019-09454-w


  • eng