Pilotrichella name list
Project Introduction and Description
Our project is to study Pilotrichella in the subfamily Pilotrichelloideae.
Three major elements are included in the PEET projects:
1. Monographic Research - a traditional monograph to assess relative character conservatism, identify characters of phylogenetic importance, evaluate and analyze generic relationships, circumscribe the subfamily into a clearly monophyletic unit, and evaluate the relationship of the Pilotrichelloideae to the Meteorioideae.
2. Training - a program to train graduate and post-graduate students in both modern and traditional techniques and methodology of bryological systematics.
3. Computer Infrastructure - the utilization of existing and developing computer facilities to build and manipulate data bases, train project personnel on all aspects computer use for scientific research, and disseminate the accumulated data and results of the monographic study through a variety of media.
The Meteoriaceae (22 genera, 300
species) are a tropical, Leucodontalian family concentrated in the Southern
hemisphere. It was last treated as whole by Brotherus (1925),who divided it
into two subfamilies: Meteorioideae and Pilotrichelloideae. The subfamily
Pilotrichelloideae contains 111 species in eight genera and is the
monographic component of this project. Six of these genera have recently been
revised, only Pilotrichella and Barbella are unrevised. This
monograph will have three aspects. First Pilotrichella (58 species)
and Barbella (36 species) will be critically revised using a
traditional, morphological methodology. Second, the eight fully revised
genera in the subfamily will be subjected to a thorough and rigorous cladistic
analysis. Characters will be polarized using Meteorioideae and
Trachypodiaceae as outgroups. Non-discrete character variation will be
analyzed using Principal Component Analysis in an attempt to render it into
discrete units. This discrete variation will be analyze by similarity matrix
analysis which generates cluster phenograms. The third aspect of this study
will entail DNA-sequencing of the genera. Finally, based upon the cladistic
analysis as compared and tested against the DNA-sequencing results the
subfamily Pilotrichelloideae will be newly circumscribed.
The Missouri Botanical Garden maintains
a large, modern, and well documented herbarium of over 4.5 million plant
specimen - over 300,000 bryophytes, an important, historical library
containing over 118,000 volumes, and through it close ties with the three
local universities an outstanding record of training and education in
botanical systematics. The bryological
staff that will be supervising
the monographic research and training program have published 17 monographs or
revisions and over 280 other papers dealing with the taxonomy, nomenclature,
literature, and systematics of bryophytes.
The project will depend heavily on
TROPICOS, the botanical database maintained by the Garden. It provides for
all aspects of data management and manipulation used in monographic research.
This system already includes all moss names, both accepted and synonyms,
needed for this research project and associated literature citations and
bibliographic references. The system provides access to the Internet and has
been successfully used to produce Gopher and WAIS files, properly formatted
tables for DELTA and ARCH/INFO. The HTML name and specimen documents
presented here were produced directly from TROPICOS without intermediate
editing. The computer system at the Garden will be employed throughout this
project to demonstrate the benefits of computers in gathering, manipulating,
synthesizing, and disseminating as widely as possible, the information
gathered during this research project.
Brotherus, V.F., 1925. Musci (Laubmoose). in A. Engler & K. Prantl (eds), Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien, zweite Auflage, Vol. 11, Berlin.
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