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A new phylogeny for the genus Picea from plastid, mitochondrial adn nuclear sequences
Systematic Botany and Mycology, University of Munich, Germany.
Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University, China.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University, China.
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2013 (English)In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, ISSN 1055-7903, E-ISSN 1095-9513, Vol. 69, no 3, 717-727 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies over the past ten years have shown that the crown groups of most conifer genera are only about 15–25 Ma old. The genus Picea (spruces, Pinaceae), with around 35 species, appears to be no exception. In addition, molecular studies of co-existing spruce species have demonstrated frequent introgression. Per- haps not surprisingly therefore previous phylogenetic studies of species relationships in Picea, based mostly on plastid sequences, suffered from poor statistical support. We therefore generated mitochon- drial, nuclear, and further plastid DNA sequences from carefully sourced material, striking a balance between alignability with outgroups and phylogenetic signal content. Motif duplications in mitochon- drial introns were treated as characters in a stochastic Dollo model; molecular clock models were cali- brated with fossils; and ancestral ranges were inferred under maximum likelihood. In agreement with previous findings, Picea diverged from its sister clade 180 million years ago (Ma), and the most recent common ancestor of today’s spruces dates to 28 Ma. Different from previous analyses though, we find a large Asian clade, an American clade, and a Eurasian clade. Two expansions occurred from Asia to North America and several between Asia and Europe. Chinese P. brachytyla, American P. engelmannii, and Nor- way spruce, P. abies, are not monophyletic, and North America has ten, not eight species. Divergence times imply that Pleistocene refugia are unlikely to be the full explanation for the relationships between the European species and their East Asian relatives. Thus, northern Norway spruce may be part of an Asian species complex that diverged from the southern Norway spruce lineage in the Upper Miocene, some 6 Ma, which can explain the deep genetic gap noted in phylogeographic studies of Norway spruce. The large effective population sizes of spruces, and incomplete lineage sorting during speciation, mean that the interspecific relationships within each of the geographic clades require further studies, especially based on genomic information and population genetic data. 

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2013. Vol. 69, no 3, 717-727 p.
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Molecular clocks, Historical biogeography, Mitochondrial nad introns, Stochastic Dollo model, Secondary structure-based alignment, North American spruces, Fossil calibration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84060DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2013.07.004PubMedID: 23871916OAI: diva2:679302
Available from: 2013-12-14 Created: 2013-12-14 Last updated: 2014-02-28Bibliographically approved

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