Plant and Fungal Trees of Life (PAFTOL)

Discovering and disseminating the evolutionary history of all plant and fungal genera.

Discovering and disseminating the evolutionary history of all plant and fungal genera

Evolutionary trees are powerful tools for prediction, species discovery, monitoring and conservation. They help us understand how the world’s plants and fungi are related to each other and how they have evolved. Through comparative analysis of DNA sequence data, the backbone of the tree of life is already relatively well understood, and many components have been studied in great detail. However, data are still lacking for many genera and the majority of species of plants and fungi, preventing their accurate placement within this evolutionary framework. Exploiting Kew’s unrivalled collections, the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life project (PAFTOL) is now completing the tree, by generating and compiling high throughput DNA sequence data for one representative of all 14,000 flowering plant genera and all 8,200 fungal genera by 2020.

Contact

PAFTOL actively seeks opportunities to collaborate and we encourage anyone who would like to work with us to email paftolplants@kew.org