LVB is a freely available, open source software that integrates simulated annealing algorithms to reconstruct maximum parsimony phylogenies.

LVB is developed by staff at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews, and the Computational Biology Group at the Scientific Computing Department of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Recent work also involved the Bioinformatics Unit at the University of St Andrews.

LVB is available from:


LVB has been supported by the following:

If you use LVB, please cite the following paper:

Barker, D., 2004. LVB: parsimony and simulated annealing in the search for phylogenetic trees. Bioinformatics (Oxford, England), 20(2), pp.274-275.