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Plastome Diversity and Phylogenomic Relationships in Asteraceae

Version 1 : Received: 5 November 2021 / Approved: 9 November 2021 / Online: 9 November 2021 (12:51:07 CET)

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Pascual-Díaz, J.P.; Garcia, S.; Vitales, D. Plastome Diversity and Phylogenomic Relationships in Asteraceae. Plants 2021, 10, 2699. Pascual-Díaz, J.P.; Garcia, S.; Vitales, D. Plastome Diversity and Phylogenomic Relationships in Asteraceae. Plants 2021, 10, 2699.


Plastid genomes are in general highly conserved given their slow evolutionary rate, thus large changes in their structure are unusual. However, when specific rearrangements are present, they are often phylogenetically informative. Asteraceae is a highly diverse family whose evolution is long driven by polyploidy (up to 48x) and hybridisation, both processes usually complicating systematic inferences. In this study, we have generated one of the most comprehensive plastome-based phylogenies of family Asteraceae, providing information about the structure, genetic diversity, and repeat composition of these sequences. By comparing the whole plastome sequences obtained, we confirmed the double inversion located in the long single copy region, for most of the species analysed (with the exception of basal tribes), a well-known feature for Asteraceae plastomes. We also show that genome size, gene order and gene content are highly conserved along the family. However, species representative of the basal subfamily Barnadesioideae -as well as in the sister family Calyceraceae - are lacking the pseudogene rps19 located in one inverted repeat. The phylogenomic analysis conducted here, based on 63 protein-coding genes, 30 transfer RNA genes and 21 ribosomal RNA genes from 36 species of Asteraceae, are overall consistent with the general consensus for the family’s phylogeny, while resolving the position of tribe Senecioneae and revealing some incongruences at tribe level between reconstructions based on nuclear and plastid DNA data.


chloroplast genome; Compositae; phylogenetic incongruence; plastid DNA; Senecioneae


Biology and Life Sciences, Plant Sciences

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