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Trends Ecol Evol. 2009 Jan;24(1):1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2008.08.006. Epub 2008 Nov 18.

Supertrees join the mainstream of phylogenetics.

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  • 1School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK.


Supertree methods are fairly widely used to build comprehensive phylogenies for particular groups, but concerns remain over the adequacy of existing approaches. Steel and Rodrigo recently introduced a statistical model of incongruence between trees, allowing maximum-likelihood supertree inference. This approach to supertree construction will enable hypothesis-testing and model-choice methods that are now routine in sequence phylogenetics to be applied in this setting, and might form an important part of future phylogenetic inference from genomic data.

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