Taxonomy, supertrees, and the tree of life

Page, R. D.M. (2004) Taxonomy, supertrees, and the tree of life. In: Bininda-Emonds, O. R.P. (ed.) Phylogenetic Supertrees: Combining information to Reveal the Tree of Life. Series: Computational biology (4). Springer: Dordrecht, pp. 247-265. ISBN 9781402023286 (doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-2330-9_12)

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Some of the main practical impediments to the application of supertrees in large-scale phylogenetic analysis are inconsistent use of taxonomic names, trees incorporating taxa of different ranks, and poor taxonomic overlap between different phylogenetic studies. This chapter considers these problems and suggests some solutions. The notion of a “classification graph” is introduced to test for consistency between higher-level classifications. One strategy for coping with poor taxonomic overlap is to use a constraint tree that specifies some taxonomic groups that must appear in the supertree.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Page, Professor Roderic
Authors: Page, R. D.M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine

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