Noon to 1:00 PM EDT
Research Scientist and Curator
Department of Botany
National Museum of Natural History
Phylogenomics comprises an interdisciplinary ﬁeld of comparative biology that uses genomic data to construct phylogenetic or evolutionary relationships among organisms. With the advent and rapid development of next-generation sequencing (NGS), phylogenomics has emerged as an economical, effective and essential tool in the last few years and is now being widely employed by many evolutionary biologists. This talk discusses the application of phylogenomic data in deciphering the deep and shallow evolutionary relationships with the grape plant family as a case study. I will especially highlight the placement of the grape family in the flowering plant tree of life, resolving the deep evolutionary radiation within the plant family with hundreds of nuclear genes, and the discovery of new species in the economically important grape plant genus using phylogenomics.