Trees from trees: Construction of phylogenetic supertrees using clann

Christopher J. Creevey*, James O. McInerney

*Corresponding author for this work

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Supertree methods combine multiple phylogenetic trees to produce the overall best "supertree." They can be used to combine phylogenetic information from datasets only partially overlapping and from disparate sources (like molecular and morphological data), or to break down problems thought to be computationally intractable. Some of the longest standing phylogenetic conundrums are now being brought to light using supertree approaches. We describe the most widely used supertree methods implemented in the software program "clann" and provide a step by step tutorial for investigating phylogenetic information and reconstructing the best supertree. Clann is freely available for Windows, Mac and Unix/Linux operating systems under the GNU public licence at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioinformatics for DNA Sequence Analysis
EditorsDavid Posada
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • congruency test
  • phylogenetic reconstruction
  • phylogenetic signal detection
  • phylogeny
  • Supertree software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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