Research objectives and content
Systematic classification of Cyperaceae tribe Hypolytreae is problematic because of homoplasy in morphological data, poor understanding of inflorescence homologies and confusion between Hypolytreae and its sister tribe Chrysitricheae. A within tribe phylogeny of Hypolytreae will be reconstructed by: - molecular sequencing of the trnL-F region of the chloroplast genome; - an SEM study of floral development; - cladistic analysis of molecular and morphological datasets.This work will help determme placement of the tribe within Cyperaceae. It will also help in understanding patterns + character evolution in the family and thus contribute to an overall picture of evolution in the Monocotyledons. Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact) Monocotyledons are substantially different from other plant groups. Training and research at TCD is very deficient i Monocotyledon systematics and phylogenetic techniques. Based on my expertise in these fields I will:- provide a base for TCD to develop traming in Monocotyledon evolution and molecular systematics; - provide training in phylogeny reconstruction techniques; - initiate research into molecular systematics and floral development in Monocotyledons: - enable phylogeny reconstruction from existing large datasets.This collaboration will broaden the range and enhance the quality of TCD courses in plant systematics, aiming to make it an EU leader in providing such training. In addition more effective research collaboration in plant systematics will be possible within and beyond the EU.Links with industry / industrial relevance (22) Plant identification work in Dr. Parnell's research group has recently been supported Avondale Pharmaceuticals (Ireland). Th, importance of Cyperaceae as weed species focuses this family on agriculture (including agrochemicals and biological control) within and beyond the EU. Many Cyperaceae are of considerable value to the horticultural industry within in the EU.