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From Gels to Genomics: The Evolving Landscape of Pteridology. A Celebration of Gerald Gastony's Contributions to Fern Evolutionary Biology

Barker, Michael S. [1], Yatskievych, George [2].

From Gels to Genomics: The Evolving Landscape of pteridology. A Celebration of Gerald Gastony's Contributions to Fern Evolutionary Biology.

The study of pteridophyte evolutionary biology has undergone remarkable developments during the past 40 years. Central to these developments has been the efforts of Gerald J. Gastony and his academic offspring to advance our understanding of these plants. The present symposium celebrates Jerry Gastony's productive career at the forefront of pteridology and highlights the major advances contributed under his auspices. Trained as a classical taxonomist, Gastony has continually reinvented himself since arriving at Indiana University in 1970. His initial forays into enzyme electrophoresis shed light on such diverse topics as the breeding system of ferns, the role of cryptic taxa in reticulate lineages, and the roles of paleo- and neopolyploidy in fern systematics and evolution. These questions have been persistent throughout Jerry's career and have been influential in shaping the field of pteridophyte evolutionary biology. In this symposium, we revisit these questions and show how new tools are building on the foundation that Jerry helped lay over the last 40 years.


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1 - Indiana University, Department of Biology, Jordan Hall, 1001 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana, 47405, USA
2 - Missouri Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, Missouri, 63166, USA

Keywords:
ferns
Gastony.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S6
Location: Room 5/Woodward
Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Time: 8:30 AM
Number: S6001
Abstract ID:704


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