Molecular phylogeny of the genus Luzula DC. (Juncaceae, Monocotyledones) based on plastome and nuclear ribosomal regions: A case of incongruence, incomplete lineage sorting and hybridisation.

Summary of "Molecular phylogeny of the genus Luzula DC. (Juncaceae, Monocotyledones) based on plastome and nuclear ribosomal regions: A case of incongruence, incomplete lineage sorting and hybridisation."

The genus Luzula consists of 115 species distributed throughout the world. Luzula is monophyletic, but species relationships within the genus are difficult to determine primarily due to the similar morphology even within geographically remote taxa (especially within the section Luzula). The plastome trnL intron, trnL-F intergenic spacer and the nuclear ribosomal ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 regions were analysed using maximum parsimony and maximum likelihood reconstruction in 93 species of Luzula. The incongruent phylogenetic signals obtained from the chloroplast and the nuclear genomes point to incomplete lineage sorting as well as recent hybridisation in this group. Although tree-building analyses revealed several well-supported lineages, the outcomes for many groups were ambiguous. In the total evidence tree, Luzula species were grouped within six main clades (1. subg. Marlenia, 2. subg. Pterodes except for L. pilosa, 3. sections Anthelaea and Nodulosae, 4. sections Diprophyllatae and Thyrsanochlamydeae, 5. sect. Alpinae except for a few species and 6. sect. Luzula). The subgenus Marlenia occupies the early derived lineage within the genus Luzula. The traditionally accepted subgenera Pterodes and Luzula (and its sections) appear to be non-monophyletic. A statistical parsimony network approach showed that ancient haplotypes and ribotypes co-occur with their descendants in Luzula. Furthermore, many haplotypes are shared among different species. Within the Luzula sect. Luzula, both recent hybridisation and incomplete lineage sorting of ancestral polymorphisms may represent potential sources of the incongruence between chloroplast and nuclear data.


Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences, Zámek 1, 252 43 Průhonice, Czech Republic; Center for Applied Genomics and Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences, Vídenská 1084, 142 20 Prague 4, Czech Republic.

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Name: Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
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