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Advances in Plant Systematics and Population Genomics: Applications of Next Generation Techniques

Barker, Michael S. [1].

Old problems, new solutions, and some obstacles for next-generation plant evolutionary biology.

Next-generation sequencing has created unprecedented opportunities for the study of plant evolution. Relatively rapid and inexpensive access to genome-scale data has created new opportunities for studying the evolutionary history of plants. Although next-generation technologies have presented new solutions to old problems, there area number of new obstacles, especially limitations of current next-generation sequencing and bioinformatic analyses of existing data. I will present recent bionformatic advances in the analysis of gene duplications, polyploidy, and hybridization and compare how well competing technologies perform under these algorithms. In particular, I will provide an overview of the pros and cons of two predominant next-generation sequencing technologies, 454 and Illumina, as well as a first look at the "post-light" sequencing technology from Ion Torrent. Finally, I will outline the significant challenges associated with next-generation plant evolutionary biology and identify potential directions for overcoming these remaining obstacles.

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1 - University of Arizona, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, P.O. Box 210088, Tucson, AZ, 85721, USA


Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY03
Location: Lenox Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 2:45 PM
Number: SY03004
Abstract ID:626

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