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Synthesis of phylogeny and taxonomy into a comprehensive tree of life

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, September 2015
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Title
Synthesis of phylogeny and taxonomy into a comprehensive tree of life
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, September 2015
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1423041112
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Authors

Cody E. Hinchliff, Stephen A. Smith, James F. Allman, J. Gordon Burleigh, Ruchi Chaudhary, Lyndon M. Coghill, Keith A. Crandall, Jiabin Deng, Bryan T. Drew, Romina Gazis, Karl Gude, David S. Hibbett, Laura A. Katz, H. Dail Laughinghouse IV, Emily Jane McTavish, Peter E. Midford, Christopher L. Owen, Richard H. Ree, Jonathan A. Rees, Douglas E. Soltis, Tiffani Williams, Karen A. Cranston, H. Dail Laughinghouse

Abstract

Reconstructing the phylogenetic relationships that unite all lineages (the tree of life) is a grand challenge. The paucity of homologous character data across disparately related lineages currently renders direct phylogenetic inference untenable. To reconstruct a comprehensive tree of life, we therefore synthesized published phylogenies, together with taxonomic classifications for taxa never incorporated into a phylogeny. We present a draft tree containing 2.3 million tips-the Open Tree of Life. Realization of this tree required the assembly of two additional community resources: (i) a comprehensive global reference taxonomy and (ii) a database of published phylogenetic trees mapped to this taxonomy. Our open source framework facilitates community comment and contribution, enabling the tree to be continuously updated when new phylogenetic and taxonomic data become digitally available. Although data coverage and phylogenetic conflict across the Open Tree of Life illuminate gaps in both the underlying data available for phylogenetic reconstruction and the publication of trees as digital objects, the tree provides a compelling starting point for community contribution. This comprehensive tree will fuel fundamental research on the nature of biological diversity, ultimately providing up-to-date phylogenies for downstream applications in comparative biology, ecology, conservation biology, climate change, agriculture, and genomics.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 39 6%
Brazil 16 2%
France 12 2%
Germany 9 1%
Canada 8 1%
United Kingdom 8 1%
Mexico 7 <1%
Portugal 6 <1%
Netherlands 5 <1%
Other 55 8%
Unknown 542 77%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 168 24%
Researcher 159 22%
Student > Master 104 15%
Student > Bachelor 69 10%
Professor 51 7%
Other 156 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 482 68%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 51 7%
Environmental Science 44 6%
Computer Science 29 4%
Unspecified 28 4%
Other 73 10%

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