Mission statement

Our overarching research goals are (i) to uncover and identify patterns of plant and fungal diversity at various levels and (ii) to reach a solid understanding of the ecological, evolutionary and molecular mechanisms underlying the origin and maintenance of this diversity. To this end we use a broad conceptual basis and apply methodologies rooted in molecular ecology and evolutionary genomicsbiogeographysystematicsevolutionary cytogeneticsecological genomics including epigenetics, and chemodiversity of plants and fungi. Combining these approaches within one integrated research unit enables us to tackle some of the currently most pressing questions concerning the origin, loss, and maintenance of biological diversity in plants and fungi at all relevant spatial, temporal, taxonomic, and hierarchical / organismal scales. Furthermore, the knowledge and expertise gained from our research provide the basis for science-based conservation efforts and are an essential part of research-oriented teaching at all academic levels.


News and recent events

14 May 2018 - Lecture - Carolina Carizzo (University of Vienna) Diversity and phylogeny of chiles (Capsicum, Solanaceae): new species and new challenges

28 May 2018 - Lecture - Monika Schmoll (AIT) Chemical communication and sensing of nutrients, mating partners and plants by fungi of the genus Trichoderma.

Summer Semester 2018 / 2019 - Systematic & Evolutionary Botany division seminar ‘Biosystematics and evolution of plants


Last update: April 2018