Computational Biology

Phylogenetic Supertrees

Combining information to reveal the Tree of Life

Editors: Bininda-Emonds, Olaf R.P. (Ed.)

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This is the first book on "phylogenetic supertrees", a recent, but controversial development for inferring evolutionary trees. Rather than analyze the combined primary character data directly, supertree construction proceeds by combining the tree topologies derived from those data. This difference in strategy has allowed for the exciting possibility of larger, more complete phylogenies than are otherwise currently possible, with the potential to revolutionize evolutionarily-based research. This book provides a comprehensive look at supertrees, ranging from the methods used to build supertrees to the significance of supertrees to bioinformatic and biological research. Reviews of many the major supertree methods are provided and four new techniques, including a Bayesian implementation of supertrees, are described for the first time. The far-reaching impact of supertrees on biological research is highlighted both in general terms and through specific examples from diverse clades such as flowering plants, even-toed ungulates, and primates. The book also critically examines the many outstanding challenges and problem areas for this relatively new field, showing the way for supertree construction in the age of genomics. Interdisciplinary contributions from the majority of the leading authorities on supertree construction in all areas of the bioinformatic community (biology, computer sciences, and mathematics) will ensure that this book is a valuable reference with wide appeal to anyone interested in phylogenetic inference.

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"It provides a very worthwhile introduction to a topic that is receiving a lot of attention among phylogeneticists in the new millennium: how to combine the information contained in multiple phylogenetic trees with partially overlapping sets of taxa. … this book achieves what it sets out to achieve, which is to provide an overview and evaluation of possible approaches to the construction of supertrees. … This book does a good job of explaining the arithmetic and the mathematics of supertrees … ." (David A. Morrison, Systematic Biology, Vol. 55 (3), 2006)


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • New uses for old phylogenies

    Bininda-Emonds, Olaf R. P.

    Pages 3-14

  • The MRP Method

    Baum, Bernard R. (et al.)

    Pages 17-34

  • An Assessment of Matrix Representation with Compatibility in Supertree Construction

    Ross, Howard A. (et al.)

    Pages 35-63

  • MRF Supertrees

    Burleigh, J. Gordon (et al.)

    Pages 65-85

  • Everything You always wanted to Know about the Average Consensus, and More

    Lapointe, François-Joseph (et al.)

    Pages 87-105

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Phylogenetic Supertrees
Book Subtitle
Combining information to reveal the Tree of Life
Editors
  • Olaf R.P. Bininda-Emonds
Series Title
Computational Biology
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2330-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-2330-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2328-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2329-3
Series ISSN
1568-2684
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 550
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