Assembling a Diptera Tree of Life
National Science Foundation: Assembling the Tree of Life (grant program description)
Project:Building the Dipteran Tree of Life: Cooperative Research in Phylogenetics and Bioinformatics of True Flies (Insecta: Diptera). EF-0334948 Award duration: 1 January 2004-31 December 2009.
Project Summary (pdf)
(42 Diptera + 4 Outgroup taxa)
Scientific Names link to FLYTREE Sequencing Progress Database, and *taxon page* links to the EDIT Diptera Site taxon pages; additional taxon-specific links to Index to Organism Names (ION), Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), and other informative sites.
With over 158,000 described species, the insect order Diptera or true flies, is one of the most diverse branches on the Tree of Life. The evolutionary relationships between the main branches of the fly tree are still largely unknown or controversial. Understanding the history of flies is critically important in biology and medicine because flies are model organisms for comparative research in genomics, development, neurobiology, and behavior (e.g., fruit flies, mosquitoes, house flies, medfly).
The FLYTREE project is an international research collaboration funded by the US National Science Foundation, to elaborate and discover the details of the relationships and diversity amongst the flies (insect order, Diptera) with the ultimate goal of providing a newly resolved phylogeny for this major branch of the Tree of Life.