Reshaping Darwin's Tree: Impact of the Symbiome

Erin A. Tripp, Ning Zhang, Harald Schneider, Ying Huang, Gregory M. Mueller, Zhihong Hu, Max Häggblom, Debashish Bhattacharya*

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Much of the undescribed biodiversity on Earth is microbial, often in mutualistic or pathogenic associations. Physically associated and coevolving life forms comprise a symbiome. We propose that systematics research can accelerate progress in science by introducing a new framework for phylogenetic analysis of symbiomes, here termed SYMPHY (symbiome phylogenetics).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-555
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2017


  • holobiont
  • microbe
  • paradigm
  • phylogeny
  • symbiome
  • tree

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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    Tripp, E. A., Zhang, N., Schneider, H., Huang, Y., Mueller, G. M., Hu, Z., Häggblom, M., & Bhattacharya, D. (2017). Reshaping Darwin's Tree: Impact of the Symbiome. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(8), 552-555.