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Origin and evolution of gypsum endemic floras package

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Origin and evolution of gypsum endemic floras package

Purpose
Understand the origin and evolution of gypsum endemic floras worldwide from a phylogenetic perspective

Workpackage Leaders
Michael Moore (OC) & Maria Prieto (URJC)

Scope
This WP will focus on those regions with better background floristic knowledge of gypsum endemic plants, namely Spain, the Chihuahuan Desert, Turkey, Iran and Australia.
Task 2.1.- Compile all existing information. We will start by doing a thorough literature and web database (including GenBank) review, searching all available information for the different floras under study.
Task 2.2.- Collection of plant and lichen material. For each gypsum floristic region indicated for WP-2, we propose to reconstruct comprehensive species-level phylogenies for key gypsum endemic lineages and their closest non-endemic relatives (sampling comprehensively from the entire genus in small genera and from relevant subclades within larger genera).
Task 2.3.- Complete lab work associated with molecular phylogenetics of gypsum endemics and congeners. Given the goals and global scope of the project, we will sequence a mix of the nuclear internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and 2-3 plastid spacer regions for each plant group, which will be sufficient to determine the phylogenetic placement of each gypsum endemic lineage with respect to its closest relatives.
Task 2.4.- Complete phylogenetic analyses, reconstruct trait evolution in a phylogenetic context, and conduct molecular dating analyses.


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