Submitted to: Plant and Animal Genome VX Conference Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/15/2003
Publication Date: 2/1/2004
Citation: Knapp, S., Bohs, L., Nee, M., Spooner, D.M. 2004. Solanaceae - a model for linking genomics with organisms[abstract]. Plant and Animal Genome Abstracts. p.66. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Recent progress in understanding the phylogeny of the economically important plant family Solanaceae make this an ideal time to develop models for linking the new data on plant genomics with the huge diversity of naturally occurring species in the family. Phylogenetics provides the framework with which to investigate these linkages, but critically missing currently are good species level descriptive resources for the Solanaceae community. We will review progress on phylogeny in the family as a whole, and then specifically focus on the new Planetary Biodiversity Initiative project "PBI: Solanum - a worldwide monograph". The aims of this project are to provide species level information across the global scope of the genus Solanum and to make this available over the Internet. The project is in its infancy, but will make available nomenclatural information, descriptions, keys and illustrative material for all approximately 1500 species of Solanum. For the first time, we have the opportunity of linking valid, up-to-date taxonomic information about wild species of Solanum with the genomic information being generated about the economically important species of the genus. The phylogenetic framework in which the PBI project is set is also of enormous potential benefit to other workers in Solanum. We will explore the potential linkages, and will hope to stimulate discussion on how these can best integrate the genomics and taxonomic communities for better understanding of this important family.