Chloroplast phylogenomics of Pyrus (Rosaceae)
The genus Pyrus (pears) is a group of deciduous trees and shrubs in temperate Eurasia and Northern Africa with high economical value but also urgent conservation needs (crop-wild relatives). The aim of this project is to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships of wild species of Pyrus using complete plastid genomes. Specifically, in the course of the Masters Project plastid genome sequences of a number of different samples will be newly generated. After alignment with already available genomes, phylogenetic trees will be reconstructed. In the longer term well-supported phylogenies will be used to analyse the orgin of species diversity in Pyrus, with a particular focus on the Caucasus ecoregion.