Abstract Detail


Kandziora, Martha [1], McTavish, Emily Jane [2].

Physcraper: automatic updating of phylogenies.

The rate of DNA sequencing has outpaced the ability of researchers to analyze sequence data. This means that many species are not included in any published phylogeny, despite available sequence data. There is an opportunity to provide active, automated extension of the tree of life with new inferences made directly from sequence data. We have developed a software pipeline, physcraper, to add these new taxa into existing trees.
Physcraper automates the updating of phylogenetic relationships by placing new sequences based on similarity to existing sequences in the alignment and builds a starting tree including the new sequences. The use of a starting tree decreases the time to calculate a new tree. Physcraper generates new, integrated, maximum likelihood estimates of species relationships, with minimal researcher time and effort. The advantage is, that the method rapidly computes a new phylogeny including support values for large scale phylogenies which then can be used for further analyses without losing accuracy. We will present the workflow in more detail and show the ability of the method to rapidly update phylogenies on an Asteraceae sublineage example, Senecioneae, and show how it decreases the computational time considerably in comparison to calculating a new phylogeny from scratch.

1 - University of California, Merced, Life and Environmental Science, Merced, CA, 95340, USA
2 - University of California, Merced, Life and Environmental Science, Merced, 95340, USA

automatic updating

Presentation Type: Poster
Number: PPH002
Abstract ID:260
Candidate for Awards:None

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