Molecular phylogeny and systematics of the banana family (Musaceae) inferred from multiple nuclear and chloroplast DNA fragments, with a special reference to the genus Musa

  • Authors : Li, L-F.; Häkkinen, M.; Yuan, Y-M.; Hao, G.; Ge, X.J.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 2010

  • Journal title : Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

  • Volume (number) : 57 (1)

  • Pages : 1-10

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 1055-7903

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : Musaceae is a small paleotropical family. Three genera have been recognised within this family although the generic delimitations remain controversial. Most species of the family (around 65 species) have been placed under the genus Musa and its infrageneric classification has long been disputed. In this study, we obtained nuclear ribosomal ITS and chloroplast (atpB-rbcL, rps16, and trnL-F) DNA sequences of 36 species (42 accessions of ingroups representing three genera) together with 10 accessions of ingroups retrieved from GenBank database and 4 accessions of outgroups, to construct the phylogeny of the family, with a special reference to the infrageneric classification of the genus Musa. Our phylogenetic analyses elaborated previous results in supporting the monophyly of the family and suggested that Musella and Ensete may be congeneric or at least closely related, but refuted the previous infrageneric classification of Musa.


  • Open access : No

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  • Musalit document ID : IN100326

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