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Crowl, Andrew [1], Fritsch, Peter [2], Ashrafi, Hamid [3], Manos, Paul [4].

The true blueberries (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus) - A first complete phylogenomic hypothesis of diploid taxa and preliminary investigation into polyploids.

The true blueberries of North America (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus) have been intensively studied for over a century. However, with species estimates ranging from 9 to 24 and much confusion regarding species boundaries, this ecologically and economically valuable group remains inadequately understood at a basic evolutionary and taxonomic level. Constructing a genomic dataset and verifying ploidy via flow cytometry, we present the first phylogenomic hypothesis of diploid blueberries as a first step toward understanding the evolutionary history and taxonomy of this notoriously difficult species complex. We will additionally discuss future plans to leverage this diploid framework phylogeny and allelic data to disentangle the history of polyploids.

1 - North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 27695, USA
2 - Botanical Research Institute Of Texas, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX, 76107, United States
3 - North Carolina State University, Horticultural Science, Raleigh, NC, 27695, USA
4 - Duke University, Biology, Science Drive, Box 90338, Box 90338, Durham, NC, 27708, United States

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Presentation Type: Poster
Number: PPL006
Abstract ID:496
Candidate for Awards:None

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