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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

April 2015

  • The 2015 Australasian Society for Systematic Botany (ASBS) annual conference will be held in Canberra, Australia. The theme of the conference is "Building our Botanical Captial" and there is already a website. Mark your calendars: the conference will take place 29 November - 5 December, 2015.
  • The NZPRN facebook page has 70 members, and the ASBS facebook page has over 300! Let's try to get our NZPRN facebook page numbers up--can we get into the triple digits?
  • Check it out: there are now downloadable (pdf) treatments for 11 fern families, 16 moss families, and two flowering plant families on the New Zealand eFlora.

Recent Publications

  1. NEWMeudt, Heidi M., Jessica M. Prebble, and Carlos A. Lehnebach. 2015. "Native New Zealand forget-me-nots ( Myosotis, Boraginaceae) comprise a Pleistocene species radiation with very low genetic divergence." Plant Systematics and Evolution 301:. doi:10.1007/s00606-014-1166-x.
  2. Joly 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.
  3. Becker 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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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