Biological sciences Prof. Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis and his colleagues at the American Museum of Natural History, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, The New York Botanical Garden, and New York University have created the largest genome-based tree of life for seed plants to date. From the AMNH website:

"Their findings, published today in the journal PLoS Genetics, plot the evolutionary relationships of 150 different species of plants based on advanced genome-wide analysis of gene structure and function. This new approach, called "functional phylogenomics," allows scientists to reconstruct the pattern of events that led to the vast number of plant species and could help identify genes used to improve seed quality for agriculture."

Visit the AMNH website to learn more about this collaborative research performed by the New York Plant Genomics Consortium and funded by the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Program. View the paper on PLoS Genetics website.

Read more about the project in The New York Times, and Lab Manager magazine.