The evolution of chloroplast genes and genomes in ferns.


Journal Article

Most of the publicly available data on chloroplast (plastid) genes and genomes come from seed plants, with relatively little information from their sister group, the ferns. Here we describe several broad evolutionary patterns and processes in fern plastid genomes (plastomes), and we include some new plastome sequence data. We review what we know about the evolutionary history of plastome structure across the fern phylogeny and we compare plastome organization and patterns of evolution in ferns to those in seed plants. A large clade of ferns is characterized by a plastome that has been reorganized with respect to the ancestral gene order (a similar order that is ancestral in seed plants). We review the sequence of inversions that gave rise to this organization. We also explore global nucleotide substitution patterns in ferns versus those found in seed plants across plastid genes, and we review the high levels of RNA editing observed in fern plastomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wolf, PG; Der, JP; Duffy, AM; Davidson, JB; Grusz, AL; Pryer, KM

Published Date

  • July 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 76 / 3-5

Start / End Page

  • 251 - 261

PubMed ID

  • 20976559

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20976559

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-5028

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-4412

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11103-010-9706-4


  • eng