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Parasitic plants have increased rates of molecular evolution across all three genomes

Bromham, Lindell; Cowman, Peter F; Lanfear, Robert


BACKGROUND Theoretical models and experimental evidence suggest that rates of molecular evolution could be raised in parasitic organisms compared to non-parasitic taxa. Parasitic plants provide an ideal test for these predictions, as there are at least a dozen independent origins of the parasitic lifestyle in angiosperms. Studies of a number of parasitic plant lineages have suggested faster rates of molecular evolution, but the results of some studies have been mixed. Comparative analysis of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013-06-19
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Evolutionary Biology
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-13-126


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