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Data from: Order-level fern plastome phylogenomics: new insights from Hymenophyllales

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Kuo, Li-Yaung; Qi, Xinping; Ma, Hong; Li, Fay-Wei (2019). Data from: Order-level fern plastome phylogenomics: new insights from Hymenophyllales [Dataset]. Dryad.


PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Filmy ferns (Hymenophyllales) are a highly specialized lineage, having mesophyll one cell layer thick and inhabiting particularly shaded and humid environments. The phylogenetic placement of Hymenophyllales has been inconclusive, and while over 87 whole fern plastomes have been published, none was from Hymenophyllales. To better understand the evolutionary history of filmy ferns, we sequenced the first complete plastome for this order. METHODS: We compiled a plastome phylogenomic dataset encompassing all eleven fern orders, and reconstructed phylogenies using different data types (nucleotides, codons, and amino acids) and partition schemes (codon positions and loci). To infer the evolution of fern plastome organization, we coded plastomic features, including inversions, inverted repeat boundary shifts, gene losses, and tRNA anticodon sequences as characters, and reconstructed the ancestral states for these characters. KEY RESULTS: We discovered a suite of novel, Hymenophyllales-specific plastome structures that likely resulted from repeated expansions and contractions of the inverted repeat regions. Our phylogenetic analyses reveal that Hymenophyllales is highly supported as either sister to Gleicheniales or to Gleicheniales + the remaining non-Osmundales leptosporangiates, depending on the data type and partition scheme. CONCLUSIONS: Although our analyses could not confidently resolve the phylogenetic position of Hymenophyalles, the results here highlight the danger of drawing conclusions from "all-in" phylogenomic dataset without exploring potential inconsistencies in the data. Finally, our first order-level reconstruction of fern plastome structural evolution provides a useful framework for future plastome research.

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