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Bryological and Lichenological Section/ABLS

Kraichak, Ekaphan [1], Carter, Benjamin [2], Nosratinia, Sonia [3], Mishler, Brent [3].

Liverwort Flora of Mo’orea, French Polynesia: Progress and Future.

The Moorea Biocode Project (http://mooreabiocode.org/) is a massive effort designed to sample all lineages of multicellular organisms on and around the island of Moorea, French Polynesia, the first attempt at a "complete" inventory of an entire ecosystem. The Bryolab at University of California, Berkeley, undertook the task of creating a complete inventory of bryophytes on the island, as well as populating DNA sequence data for all the taxa. To date, over a thousand specimens of liverworts were collected from multiple expeditions. Photographs and collecting information are publicly available online through the Moorea Biocode Database. Sixty liverwort taxa have been identified, including Radula rhombiloba, which was previously known only from the type from Tahiti. The flora consists of plants from multiple biogeographical regions, indicating a dynamic nature of assembly of the island flora. DNA sequence data of two commonly used marker regions (rbcL and trnH-psbA) of all taxa are being generated. The analyses and future utility of the molecular data will be discussed. [We thank Robbert Gradstein for help with identifications, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for funding.]

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1 - University of California, Berkeley, Integrative Biology, 1005 Valley Life Science Building # 3140, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA
2 - Duke University, Department of Biology, 139 Biological Sciences Bldg., Box 90338 , Durham, NC, 27708 , USA
3 - University of California, Berkeley, DEPT OF INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY, 1001 Valley Life Science Building # 2465, Berkeley, CA, 94720-2465, USA

Keywords:
Liverwort
Inventory
flora
Biocode
Chloroplast markers.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 29
Location: Ascot/Riverside Hilton
Date: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Time: 1:15 PM
Number: 29002
Abstract ID:461
Candidate for Awards:A. J. Sharp Award


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