Phylogenetic analysis explores the evolutionary relationships between organisms and is a vital foundation for microbial studies. The development of reliable phylogenetic trees is an important step in developing new treatments and discovering the origins of eukaryotes, prokaryotes and archaea.
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Wuhan Botanical Garden recently collaborated to identify Marsdenia burmanica Wen B. Xu & J. Y. Shen, a new species of Southeast Asia.
The relatives of the wild tomato, Solanum habrochaites and S. galapagense, are crucial sources of germplasm in contemporary tomato breeding.
It is widely believed that life originated in the ocean. Contrarily, the general public does not recognize that many aquatic organisms are descended from terrestrial organisms.
The iconic Red List of Threatened Species, published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), identifies species at risk of extinction.
Coleanthus subtilis (Tratt.) Seidel (Poaceae) is a unique grass belonging to the Coleanthus Seidel monotypic genus.
A Cornell University study describes a breakthrough in the quest to improve photosynthesis in certain crops, a step toward adapting plants to rapid climate changes and increasing yields to feed a projected 9 billion people by 2050.
Ocean water samples collected around the world have yielded a treasure trove of new data about RNA viruses, expanding ecological research possibilities and reshaping our understanding of how these small but significant submicroscopic particles evolved.
Researchers have discovered more evidence to support the idea that the two primary domains of life, Archaea and Bacteria, are detached by a long phylogenetic tree branch.
A group led by researchers affiliated with the Phycology Laboratory at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, have discovered a new species of green microalga in a reservoir located in the northwest of the state.
How do you study a group of organisms with over 300,000 species, dispersed across all seven continents, and with up to 50 times as much DNA content as the human genome?
Researchers exploring the genetics of chili pepper species have identified an entire host of new hybrids of chilies hybrids.
Banyan trees are fig trees that begin their life as an epiphyte. The most noticeable feature of banyan Ficus species is their extraordinary aerial roots, which enable them to live as hemi-epiphytes, as do the strangler figs often seen in tropical forests.
Climate warming will alter marine community compositions as species are expected to shift poleward, significantly impacting the Arctic marine ecosystem.