Glossary Term: Systematic Mycology

Mycological systematics is the study of the diversification of fungi, both past and present, and the relationships among living things through time. Relationships are visualized as evolutionary trees (synonyms: cladograms, phylogenetic trees, phylogenies). Phylogenies have two components, branching order (showing group relationships) and branch length (showing amount of evolution). Phylogenetic trees of species and higher taxa are used to study the evolution of traits (e.g., anatomical or molecular characteristics) and the distribution of organisms (biogeography). Systematics will allow us to understand the evolutionary history of life on Earth and in the case of mushrooms it will enable us to understand the order and relationship each species has within the kingdom fungi and beyond.

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