講演者： Dr Ashley Egna (Smithsonian Institution)
タイトル： Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics of Phaseoloid Legumes (Fabaceae, Leguminosae)
要旨：My research program centers on tribe Phaseoleae in the Legume family (Fabaceae: Leguminosae). I am investigating the evolutionary genetics and genomics of relationships above and below the species level. Below the species level, I am studying the population genetics and genomics of Pueraria montana var. lobata, commonly known as Kudzu or Kuzu. Kudzu is an invasive species in the United States and native to China and southeast Asia. We are using microsatelllites, phylogenomics, and next-generation sequencing to determine the phylogeny of the genus Pueraria (about 25 species) and place the invasive species in the context of the genus and other phaseoloid legumes. I am also studying the molecular systematics of the tribe Phaseoleae, especially to determine the placement of the paraphyletic Pueraria genus and help to determine the progenitor genomes of the polyploid genus Glycine, to which soybean (Glycine max) belongs. I have also been using next generation sequencing to investigate the history of polyploidy (whole genome duplication) within phaseoloid legumes.