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 evolutionary genomics and systematicsbiogeographyevolutionary 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

13 May 2019 - Lecture - Susanne Wicke (WWU Münster) Causes and consequences of a heterotrophic lifestyle in plants. 11AM @ Hörsaal.

20 May 2019 - Lecture - Anja Westram (IST Austria) Genomic variation and parallel evolution. 11AM @ Hörsaal.

17 June 2019 - Cris Kuhlemeier (University of Bern) The genetics of pollinator-mediated speciation. 11AM @ Hörsaal.

Winter Semester 2019/2020 - Systematic & Evolutionary Botany division seminar ‘Biosystematics and evolution of plants’

Nature Genetics paper on genome assembly, comparative genomics, and domestication history in pineapple (Ananas spp) published.

Last update: April 2018