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Welcome to the New Zealand Plant Radiation Network (NZPRN) wiki. Here you will find information on research being conducted on species radiation in the New Zealand flora.

The NZPRN is open to everyone interested in plant evolutionary biology. Please contact one of the people of the organising committee if you would like to join. New NZPRN members will automatically receive a login so that they can contribute to the wiki. If you are an existing member of the NZPRN you can register for a wiki login here.

Also check out our NZPRN facebook group!

If you have any comments or questions about the wiki, please do not hesitate to e-mail nzprn.webmaster@anatomy.otago.ac.nz.

What is species radiation?

What are plant species radiations, and why are they important? Understanding how global plant biodiversity arose and is maintained requires an understanding of plant species radiation - a process of diversification that produces morphologically and ecologically distinct, but genetically similar, species from a single founding population. Species radiations are a feature of many world floras including that of New Zealand. Developing our understanding of species radiation will help us to understand the nature, evolutionary potential and adaptability of our flora to environmental change.

Current News

March 2014

  • Applications are closing soon (March 14) for the Hansjörg Eichler Scientific Research Fund. You must be a member of the Australasian Systematic Botany Society to apply. The maximum grant awarded will be $2000. See here for more details.

  • The latest edition of the electronic newsletter The Plant Press from the Allan Herbarium (CHR) can be found here.

  • Jessie Prebble wins the 2013 New Zealand Journal of Botany Prize for her 2013 paper on Wahlenbergia (Campanulaceae). See announcement here.

  • The 2014 meeting of the Australasian Society for Systematic Botany will be held 24-28 November, 2014 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Details will be available here. The 29th John Child Bryophyte and Lichen Workshop will be held immediately afterwards from 28 November–3 December 2014 at Aongatete Lodge, Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, Katikati, New Zealand.

  • Here's another highly relevant (but much farther away!) conference that may be of interest:
    Evolutionary Plant Radiations Meeting, Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 13-14 June 2014
    Registration is now open, more details here.

Research on New Zealand plant species radiations

The well understood geological and climatic record for New Zealand, together with the simple complexity of our flora provides for a unique model system to investigate plant evolutionary and ecological processes. Some examples of plant groups that have radiated extensively in New Zealand include Asplenium, Blechnum, Celmisia, Dracophyllum, Epilobium, Hebe/Veronica, Ourisia, Pachycladon, and Ranunculus, among others. Making the most of opportunities to study and understand these plants requires interdisciplinary research in palynology, morphology, ecology, physiology and in studies of genetic variation. It requires the collaboration of biologists, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, climatologists and geologists.

It is with this collaborative spirit in mind that we would like to introduce the New Zealand Plant Radiation Network (NZPRN). The NZPRN aims to bring together researchers interested in botanical research to promote collaboration and discussion of ideas, methods and projects around several themes including: delimitation of species, ecological drivers of radiation, reconstructing the evolutionary history of species radiations, and evolutionary significance of hybridisation and polyploidy.

Recent Publications

  1. NEWJoly S, Heenan PB, Lockhart PJ. 2014. Species radiation by niche shifts in New Zealand's rockcresses ( Pachycladon, Brassicaceae). Systematic Biology. Published online: 10.12.2013 doi:10.1093/sysbio/syt104. Article.
  2. NEWBecker M, Gruenheit N, Steel M, Voelckel C, Deusch O, Heenan PB, McLenachan PA, Kardailsky O, Leigh JW, Lockhart PJ. 2013. Hybridization may facilitate in situ survival of endemic species through periods of climate change. Nature Climate Change. 3(12): 1039-1043. Article.
  3. Brownsey PJ, Ewans R, Rance B, Walls S, Perrie LR. 2013. A review of the fern genus Sticherus (Gleicheniaceae) in New Zealand with confirmation of two new species records. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 51: 104-115. DOI:10.1080/0028825X.2013.773917
  4. de Lange PJ, Heenan P, Houliston G, Rolfe J, Mitchell A 2013. New Lepidium (Brassicaceae) from New Zealand. PhytoKeys 24: 1-147. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.24.4375
  5. de Lange PJ, Heenan PB, Rolfe J 2013. Uncinia auceps (Cyperaceae): a new endemic hooked sedge for the Chatham Islands. Phytotaxa 104: 12-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.104.1.2
  6. Galloway DJ 2013. Olof Swartz's contributions to lichenology, 1781-1811. Archives of Natural History 40(1): 20-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/anh.2013.0133
  7. Glenny D, Engel JJ 2013. A new species of Clasmatocolea (Marchantiophyta: Lophocoleaceae), and a new record of a Tasmanian species, both from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 51(1): 22-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0028825x.2012.736390
  8. Heenan PB, McGlone M 2013. Evolution of New Zealand alpine and open-habitat plant species during the late Cenozoic. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 37(1): 105-113. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/abstract.php?volume_issue=j37_1&pdf_filename=NZJEcol37_1_105.pdf&uniqueID=3066
  9. Meudt HM, Prebble JM, Stanley RJ, Thorsen MJ. 2013. Morphological and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) data show that New Zealand endemic Myosotis petiolata (Boraginaceae) comprises three rare and threatened species. Australian Systematic Botany 26, 210–232. Article.
  10. Murray BG, Molloy BPJ, de Lange PJ 2013. Chromosome studies in New Zealand species of Brachyscome (Asteraceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 51(2): 139-144. Article.
  11. Richardson SJ, Allen RB, Buxton RP, Easdale TA, Hurst JM, Morse CW, Smissen RD, Peltzer DA 2013. Intraspecific relationships among wood density, leaf structural traits and environment in four co-occurring species of Nothofagus in New Zealand. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58878. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0058878.

NZPRN Web Utilities

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