The chloroplast genome of most land plants is highly conserved. In contrast, physical and gene mapping studies have revealed a highly rearranged chloroplast genome in species representing four families of ferns. In all four, there has been a rare duplication of the psbA gene and the order of the psbA, 16S, and 23S rRNA genes has been inverted. Our analysis shows that the described rearrangement results from a minimum of two inversions within the inverted repeat. This chloroplast DNA structure provides unambiguous evidence that phylogenetically links families of ferns once thought to belong to different major evolutionary lineages.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - 1992|
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