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Ancient tree genomes for old questions
  • Andrew Hipp,
  • Desanka Lazic
Andrew Hipp
The Morton Arboretum

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Desanka Lazic
University of Göttingen
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Most foundational work on the evolution and migration of plant species relies on genomic data from contemporary samples. Ancient plant samples can give us access to allele sequences and distributions on the landscape dating back to the mid Holocene or earlier (Gugerli et al., 2005). Nuclear DNA from ancient wood, however, has been mostly inaccessible until now. In a From the Cover article in this issue of Molecular Ecology, Wagner et al. (2023) present the first nuclear genomes from ancient to subfossil oak wood, including two samples dated to the 15th century and one that dates to more than 3,500 years ago. These first assembled nuclear genomes from ancient trees open the possibility for investigating species adaptation, migration, divergence, and hybridization in the deep past. They pave the way for what we hope will be a new era in the use of paleogenomics to study Holocene tree histories.
21 Sep 2023Submitted to Molecular Ecology
22 Sep 2023Assigned to Editor
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16 Oct 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
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