Monocot Floral Evolution
Comparative and evolution studies on flowers and inflorescences in monocots
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and various types of light microscopy (LM) are used to examine both floral ontogeny and comparative floral morphology and anatomy in a wide range of monocots, both within individual clades (e.g. Alismatales, Arecales, Asparagales, Liliales, Pandanales, Poales) and in a broader phylogenetic context. The primary goals are (1) to assess the value of these data for systematics, and (2) to establish hypotheses about monocot floral evolution that will ultimately be testable in the context of developmental-genetics. Analytical techniques currently employed include cladistic analyses of morphological and combined molecular-morphological data, and use of the improved molecular phylogenetic framework in monocots to optimise character sets.
Project Partners and Collaborators
Sajo, M. Graça (UNESP)
Sokoloff, Dmitry and Remizowa, Margarita (University of Moscow, Russia)
Mostly core; also Bentham-Moxon Trust, Royal Society