Dating the tree of life
As earth science professor Jill Banfield said: "The tree of life is one of the most important organising principles in biology." "The new depiction will be of use not only to biologists who study microbial ecology, but also biochemists searching for novel genes and researchers studying evolution and earth history." Traditionally, trees of life are built on three main trunks - eukaryotes, the group which includes plants and animals, bacteria, and archaea, tiny organisms which live in extreme environments.
Our results establish a framework for in-depth studies of the origin and evolution of genes and metabolic pathways in Rhodophyta.The proposed work will probe this genomic record in order to develop a more comprehensive understanding of life’s beginnings.This will be accomplished by developing novel computational techniques for analyzing and comparing genome sequence data across the Tree of Life.The Tree of Life Web Project (To L) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world.On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny).