An international consortium of nearly 200 plant scientists, including engineers at the University of California San Diego, has released gene sequences for more than 1100 plant species, the culmination of a nine-year research project.
The One Thousand Plant Transcriptomes Initiative (1KP) is a global collaboration to examine the diversification of plant species, genes and genomes across the more than one-billion-year history of green plants dating back to the ancestors of flowering plants and green algae.
The advance was made possible in large part thanks to the development of new computational methods capable of assembling gene sequences, inferring phylogenies and modelling evolutionary processes from extremely large datasets with high accuracy. Some of these methods have become standard tools for computational biologists…[READ MORE]
Source: Study Provides Framework for 1 Billion Years of Green Plant Evolution | ucsdnews.ucsd.edu