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Three-dimensional geometric morphometrics for studying floral shape variation


Van der Niet, T; Zollikofer, C P E; Ponce de León, M S; Johnson, S D; Linder, H P (2010). Three-dimensional geometric morphometrics for studying floral shape variation. Trends in Plant Science, 15(8):423-426.

Abstract

Variation in floral shape is of major interest to evolutionary and pollination biologists, plant systematists and developmental geneticists. Quantifying this variation has been difficult due to the three-dimensional (3D) complexity of angiosperm flowers. By combining 3D geometric representations of flowers obtained by micro-computed tomography scanning with geometric morphometric methods, well established in zoology and anthropology, floral shape variation can be analyzed quantitatively, allowing for powerful interpretation and visualization of the resulting patterns of variation.

Abstract

Variation in floral shape is of major interest to evolutionary and pollination biologists, plant systematists and developmental geneticists. Quantifying this variation has been difficult due to the three-dimensional (3D) complexity of angiosperm flowers. By combining 3D geometric representations of flowers obtained by micro-computed tomography scanning with geometric morphometric methods, well established in zoology and anthropology, floral shape variation can be analyzed quantitatively, allowing for powerful interpretation and visualization of the resulting patterns of variation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany
07 Faculty of Science > Department of Anthropology
Dewey Decimal Classification:580 Plants (Botany)
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:23 Jan 2011 20:03
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 18:06
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1360-1385
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2010.05.005
PubMed ID:20541450

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