Wednesday, September 20, 2006

openModeller used in Cyclamen study

Chris Yesson and Alastair Culham (University of Reading, UK) have published a phyloclimatic study on Cyclamen a genus of popular garden plants. In the study they used openModeller (Bioclim) and MaxEnt to compute the climatic niche for members of this genus in past, present and future climates. The openModeller Desktop 'hotspot' tool was also used in the analysis. This tool will be generally available in the next version of openModeller Desktop! Full text of the article is available at the BioMed Central Website . The study also recieved mention in the popular press . Update: The study is discussed in a BBC Leading Edge radio show interview (it's right near the end). The aforementioned link needs Real Audio to be present on your computer.