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Antunes Carvalho, Fernanda (2014): Molecular phylogeny, biogeography, and an e-monograph of the papaya family (Caricaceae) as an example of taxonomy in the electronic age. Dissertation, LMU München: Fakultät für Biologie



This dissertation addresses an issue of key importance to the field of systematics, namely how to foster taxonomic work and the dissemination of knowledge about species by taking full advantage of electronic data and bioinformatic tools. I tested and applied modern systematic tools to produce an electronic monograph of a family of flowering plants, Caricaceae. In addition to a taxonomic revision, a molecular phylogeny of the family that includes representatives of all biological species clarifies the evolutionary relationships. Based on the plastid and nuclear DNA data, I inferred historical processes that may have shaped the evolution of the Caricaceae and explain their current geographic distribution.