Green Plant Phylogeny Research Coordination Group

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                    Green Plant Phylogeny
                 Research Coordination Group
                      World Wide Web Site

 The Green Plant Phylogeny Research Coordination Group (GPPRCG) is
pleased to announce a World Wide Web site at:

        This website will provide the framework from which the GPPRCG will
keep the scientific community informed of its mission, upcoming meetings
and events, related websites, and most important, data matrices of
interest to anyone concerned with research involving the phylogenetic
relationships of green plants.  It will continue to be under construction,
so stop in frequently to check progress and contribute your own

        The GPPRCG, set up in September 1994, is sponsored by a grant from
the DOE/NSF/USDA Joint Program on Collaborative Research in Plant Biology
(USDA grant no. 94-37105-0713); the PIs are M.A. Buchheim, University of
Tulsa, R. L. Chapman, Louisiana State University, and B.D. Mishler,
University of California at Berkeley.  The aim of the group is to initiate
and facilitate interaction among independent research groups worldwide
that are interested in green plant phylogeny.  This initiative is based on
the insight that further progress in this area of research could greatly
benefit from a major collaborative effort to coordinate data collection by
establishing exemplars (selected key taxa) and suggesting characters to be
studied for each.  Therefore, the specific objectives of the GPPRCG are:
1) coordinate data gathering, addressing both taxon and character
sampling, 2) establish and manage morphological, molecular, and other
relevant data bases, which will be made available to researchers,
teachers, and students, 3) stimulate creative approaches to investigating
green plant phylogeny , including novel approaches to data analysis and
the handling of large data sets, and 4) encourage collaborative research.

        Three GPPRCG workshops have already been held, with seven more
scheduled through 1999.  Each workshop has a different focus (the summary
of the first workshop is currently posted on the website; the others will
follow), and the meeting sites will alternate between major North American
scientific conferences and other venues.  Although the workshops
themselves must remain small because of budgetary and logistic
constraints, wide participation in the GPPRCG and coordination of research
activity can be achieved through the website.  Data availability tables
for exemplar taxa will soon provide a readily accessible and up-to-date
summary of the current knowledge of phylogenetically important plants.
These tables will also highlight shortcomings or gaps in the data and
thereby provide a guide to researchers.

        The purpose of the GPPRCG is to encourage coordination of research
activity, but not to direct it; therefore, the group will not allocate
discreet tasks to individuals or labs, nor fund research projects All
researchers interested in plant phylogeny are encouraged to participate
freely and equally by contributing results to the data availability
tables.  Since only independently published data will end up in the final
matrix, each investigator will get credit for his or her own research.
Contributors to the matrix will be invited to participate in an edited
publication that will attempt a complete and well- supported high-level
phylogenetic analysis of green plants.  This publication will take the
form of a book which will include multiauthored chapters, along with the
data matrix in electronic form (with all contributors acknowledged).  This
work is scheduled for completion in time for presentation at the 1999
International Botanical Congress in St. Louis. Interested individuals are
encouraged to investigate the GPPRCG website and contact the PIs:  M.A.
Buchheim (Buchheimma at, R.L. Chapman
(BTRuss at, and B.D. Mishler
(bmishler at

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