Special Issue "Phylogenetic Relationships and Molecular Evolution of Plants in Forests"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Genetics and Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2023 | Viewed by 484

Special Issue Editors

Key Laboratory of Research and Development of Natural Product from Li Folk Medicine of Hainan Province, Institute of Tropical Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Haikou 571101, China
Interests: tree genomics; rare and endangered trees; plant evolution; bioinformatics
Dr. Chunlai Wu
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College of Horticulture, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou 450002, China
Interests: tea genomics; bioinformatics; plant evolution
Dr. Minjie Deng
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Guest Editor
College of Forestry, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou 450002, China
Interests: phytohormone crosstalk; stress response; molecular evolution; regulation of shoot architecture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests are typical biodiverse and complex ecosystems on our planet and provide an incredible array of plant species. These plants in forests play critical roles in maintaining the overall health and function of forest ecosystems. Yet the molecular evidence of classification and evolution history of some plants in forests is still inadequate. Recent advances in molecular techniques such as plastid genome and ultra-long sequencing of rDNA have revolutionized our understanding of plant evolution and phylogenetics, allowing for unprecedented resolution in reconstructing the relationships among the lineages of different plants or their germplasm. This Special Issue aims to report the latest progress obtained in phylogenetic relationships and the molecular evolution of plants in forests. All type of articles including original research, reviews and new methods are greatly welcomed. The scope of this research topic includes, but is not limited to, the molecular evolution of tree plants, the phylogenetic relationship, plastid phylogenomics, SNP discovery, structure variation and the innovative evaluation of plant germplasm resources. Plant mitochondrial genome and specific molecular evaluation methods are preferentially considered. Papers exploring the development of molecular markers such as SSR, AFLP, MSAP, are also welcomed, but these markers should be obtained from a range of the population and verified beforehand.

Dr. Xupo Ding
Dr. Chunlai Wu
Dr. Minjie Deng
Guest Editors

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  • tree plant evolution
  • plastid genomics
  • species relationships
  • ultra-long sequencing of rDNA
  • molecular evaluate method
  • molecular marker
  • mitochondria
  • phylogenetic

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Complete Chloroplast Genome Structural Characterization and Comparative Analysis of Viburnum japonicum (Adoxaceae)
Forests 2023, 14(9), 1819; https://doi.org/10.3390/f14091819 - 06 Sep 2023
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Viburnum japonicum (Thunb.) Sprengel is an endangered species endemic to coastal regions of eastern Asia (China, Japan, and South Korea). However, its systematic position has been controversial. In this study, we present the complete chloroplast (cp) genome of V. japonicum (GenBank OP644292) sequenced [...] Read more.
Viburnum japonicum (Thunb.) Sprengel is an endangered species endemic to coastal regions of eastern Asia (China, Japan, and South Korea). However, its systematic position has been controversial. In this study, we present the complete chloroplast (cp) genome of V. japonicum (GenBank OP644292) sequenced using the Illumina NovaSeq platform. The cp genome has a total length of 158,606 bp and a G+C contents of 38.08%. It consists of a large single-copy (LSC) region, a small single-copy (SSC) region, and a pair of inverted repeats (IRs) regions measuring 87,060 bp, 18,510 bp, and 26,516 bp, respectively. A total of 131 genes were identified, including 87 protein-coding genes, 36 transfer RNA genes (tRNAs), and 8 ribosomal RNA genes(rRNAs). Additionally, a total of 44 dispersed repeats were detected, including three types: forward, palindromic, and reverse. Among the 38 SSR loci that were discovered, the majority were mononucleotide loci composed of A/T. Furthermore, we found that 15 genes (accD, atpF, ndhA, ndhB, petB, petD, rpl16, rpl2, rpoC1, rps12, rps16, trnA-UGC, trnI, trnK-UUU, and trnL-UAA) contain one intron, while clpP and ycf3 have two introns. The relative synonymous codon usage (RSCU) analysis detected 31 high-frequency codons, where A/U bases accounted for 93.55% of the total, indicating an asymmetry in chloroplast gene and a presence for A/U bases. Comparative analysis of genome structure and sequences data of V. japonicum chloroplast genomes in comparison with other closely related species demonstrated a high level of conservation in their structure and organization. Furthermore, three mutation hotspots (psbH, rps19, and trnL) were identified, which could be valuable for future phylogenetic and population genetic research. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the two accessions of V. japonicum are closely related to a group of V. setigerum, V. erosum, and V. fordiae within the Viburnum genus. In conclusion, this study provides important insights for accurately identifying and understanding the phylogeny of Viburnum species through the complete cp genome sequencing of V. japonicum. Full article
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