Bring on the Panicoids!

No, not Panic-oids. The Panicoids, or members of the grass subfamily Panicoideae, include important crops such as corn, sorghum, and sugarcane. We have published a phylogenomic estimate of Panicoid relationships in the journal BMC Plant Biology. This represents the completion of our first genomic-level phylogenies for each of the four giant subfamilies of grasses. The paper is a nice feather-in-the-cap for lead author Sean Burke, a student in Mel Duvall's lab. Well done, Sean!