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A frequent bottleneck in interpreting phylogenomic output is the need to screen often thousands of trees for features of interest, such as robust clades of specific taxa, as evidence of monophyletic relationship and/or reticulated evolution. Here we present PhySortR, a fast, flexible R package for sorting phylogenetic trees. Unlike existing utilities, PhySortR allows for identification of both exclusive and non-exclusive clades uniting the target taxa, with customisable options to assess clades within the context of the whole tree. PhySortR is a command-line tool that is freely available, highly scalable, and easily automatable.
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