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Evolution of cereals and grasses

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Paper 1: “Wheat: The Big Picture”, The Bristol Wheat Genomics site, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

Wheat: The Big Picture – the evolution of wheat

Evolution wheat barley sorghum rice

Figure 2. Phylogenetic tree showing the evolutionary relationship between some of the major cereal grasses. Brachypodium is a small grass species that is often used in genetic studies because of its small and relatively simple genome.


Paper 2: Increased understanding of the cereal phytase complement for better mineral bio-availability and resource management

Article (PDF Available) in Journal of Cereal Science 59(3) · January 2013 with 244 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcs.2013.10.003

Fig-1-Phylogenetic tree of cereals selected grasses PAPhy gene copy numbers

Fig. 1. Phylogenetic tree of cereals and selected grasses. PAPhy gene copy numbers are given for each species and key evolutionary events are indicated.

Paper 2
Genome-wide characterization of the biggest grass, bamboo, based on 10,608 putative full-length cDNA sequences.
Peng Z, Lu T, Li L, Liu X, Gao Z, Hu T, Yang X, Feng Q, Guan J, Weng Q, Fan D, Zhu C, Lu Y, Han B, Jiang Z – BMC Plant Biol. (2010)

Phylogeny of grasses inferred from concatenated alignment of 43 putative orthologous cDNA sequences

Figure 2: Phylogeny of grasses inferred from concatenated alignment of 43 putative orthologous cDNA sequences. (A) Tree inferred from maximal likelihood method. Bayes inference yielded the same topology. (B) Tree inferred from neighbor joining method. Branch length is proportional to estimated sequence divergence measured by scale bars. Numbers associated with branches are bootstrap percentages. Arabidopsis was used as outgroup. Subfamily affiliation of the grasses is indicated at right.

Paper 3 Evolution of corn

The evolution of maize (corn)

Figure 1: The evolutionary stages of domestication and diversification.
Evolution of crop species: genetics of domestication and diversification
Rachel S. Meyer & Michael D. Purugganan
Nature Reviews Genetics 14, 840–852 (2013) doi:10.1038/nrg3605


Paper 4 text

Brachypodium distachyon: making hay with a wild grass
Magdalena Opanowicz, Philippe Vain, John Draper, David Parker, John H. DoonanEmail the author John H. Doonan
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2008.01.007

Phylogenetic Brachypodium and cereals


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