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Hindawi Publishing Corporation International Journal of Plant Genomics
 

Summary: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
International Journal of Plant Genomics
Volume 2008, Article ID 683509, 16 pages
doi:10.1155/2008/683509
Review Article
Phylogenetic Analyses: A Toolbox Expanding towards
Bayesian Methods
St´ephane Aris-Brosou1, 2 and Xuhua Xia1
1 Department of Biology, Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
2 Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
Correspondence should be addressed to St´ephane Aris-Brosou, sarisbro@uottawa.ca
Received 30 November 2007; Accepted 12 February 2008
Recommended by Chunguang Du
The reconstruction of phylogenies is becoming an increasingly simple activity. This is mainly due to two reasons: the democrati-
zation of computing power and the increased availability of sophisticated yet user-friendly software. This review describes some
of the latest additions to the phylogenetic toolbox, along with some of their theoretical and practical limitations. It is shown that
Bayesian methods are under heavy development, as they offer the possibility to solve a number of long-standing issues and to
integrate several steps of the phylogenetic analyses into a single framework. Specific topics include not only phylogenetic recon-
struction, but also the comparison of phylogenies, the detection of adaptive evolution, and the estimation of divergence times
between species.

  

Source: Aris-Brosou, Stéphane - Department of Biology, University of Ottawa
Xia, Xuhua - Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine