Welcome to the Research Group Plant Systematics

Our research focuses on plant systematics in a broad sense to understand the diversification in time and space as well as how ecological factors are influencing this diversification, and to infer the evolutionary history of morphological traits. This research provides also highly needed data for resolving taxonomical questions as well as clues for floristics. For this we apply a broad variety of methods and approaches including molecular phylogeny, morphology, morphometry, karyology, population biology, and biogeography.

Recent Publications

  • Stuessy, T. F., Crawford, D. J., López-Sepúlveda, P., Baeza, C. M., Ruiz, E. A. (eds.) (2017). Plants of Oceanic Island. Evolution, Biogeography, and Conservation of the Flora of the Juan Fernández (Robison Crusoe) Archipelago. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 465 S.
  • Yan, J., Song, Z., Xu, Q., Kang, L., Zhu, C., Xing, S., ... Sang, T. (2017). Population transcriptomic characterization of the genetic and expression variation of a candidate progenitor of Miscanthus energy crops. Molecular Ecology, 26(21), 5911-5922. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14338
  • Heckenhauer, J., Samuel, R., Ashton, P. S., Turner, B., Barfuss, M. H. J., Jang, T-S., ... Chase, M. W. (2017). Phylogenetic analyses of plastid DNA suggest a different interpretation of morphological evolution than those used as the basis for previous classifications of Dipterocarpaceae (Malvales). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 185(1), 1-26. DOI: 10.1093/botlinnean/box044
  • Scopece, G., Juillet, N., Lexer, C., & Cozzolino, S. (2017). Fluctuating selection across years and phenotypic variation in food-deceptive orchids. PeerJ, 5, [3704]. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3704
  • Sauquet, H., Von Balthazar, M., Magallón, S., Doyle, J. A., Endress, P. K., Bailes, E. J., ... Schönenberger, J. (2017). The ancestral flower of angiosperms and its early diversification. Nature Communications, 8, [16047]. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16047
  • Groiß, A. M., Braun, A., Greimler, J., & Kropf, M. (2017). Pollen tracking in the food-deceptive orchid Dactylorhiza sambucina showed no predominant switching behaviour of pollinators between flower colour morphs. Flora: Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants, 232, 194-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.flora.2017.02.021
  • Lopez-sepulveda, P., Takayama, K., Crawford, D. J., Greimler, J., Penailillo, P., Baeza, M., ... Stuessy, T. F. (2017). Biogeography and genetic consequences of anagenetic speciation of Rhaphithamnus venustus (Verbenaceae) in the Juan Fernandez archipelago, Chile: insights from AFLP and SSR markers. Plant Species Biology, 32(3), 223-237. DOI: 10.1111/1442-1984.12144
  • Ariyarathne, W. A. M. P., Yakandawala, D., Samuel, R., & Wijesundara, S. (2017). Evaluating the occurrence and conservation statuses of Sri Lankan Orchids (Orchidaceae): Observations on newly recorded species and undocumented regions. Phytotaxa, 308(1), 37-53. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.308.1.3
  • de la Harpe, M., Paris, M., Karger, D. N., Rolland, J., Kessler, M., Salamin, N., & Lexer, C. (2017). Molecular ecology studies of species radiations: current research gaps, opportunities and challenges. Molecular Ecology, 26(10), 2608-2622. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14110
  • Chartier, M., Loefstrand, S., von Balthazar-Schönenberger, A. M. L., Gerber, S., Jabbour, F., Sauquet, H., & Schönenberger, J. (2017). How (much) do flowers vary? Unbalanced disparity among flower functional modules and a mosaic pattern of morphospace occupation in the order Ericales. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1852), [20170066]. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0066
  • Leme, E. M. C., Halbritter, H., & Barfuss, M. H. J. (2017). Waltillia, a new monotypic genus in Tillandsioideae (Bromeliaceae) arises from a rediscovered, allegedly extinct species from Brazil. Phytotaxa, 299(1), 1-35. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.299.1.1
  • Christe, C., Stölting, K. N., Paris, M., Frayisse, C., Bierne, N., & Lexer, C. (2017). Adaptive evolution and segregating load contribute to the genomic landscape of divergence in two tree species connected by episodic gene flow. Molecular Ecology, 26, 59-76. DOI: 10.1111/mec.1376
  • Holliday, J. A., Aitken, S. N., Cooke, J. E. K., Fady, B., González-Martínez, S. C., Heuertz, M., ... Plomion, C. (2017). Advances in ecological genomics in forest trees and applications to genetic resources conservation and breeding. Molecular Ecology, 26, 706-717. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13963
  • Greimler, J., Greimler-Stocker, K., & Höbinger, T. (2017). Einzigartige Schluchtwälder im Nationalpark Gesäuse. in Natura 2000 Europaschutzgebiete: Der Geo-Tag im Hartelsgraben (Band 13, S. 134-144). Admont / Weng: Nationalpark Gesäuse GmbH.
  • Schönenberger, J., von Balthazar-Schönenberger, A. M. L., Magallon, S., Albert, B., Prieu, C., & Sauquet, H. (2017). Integrating morphology, molecules, and fossil flowers: First results from the Paleo-eFLOWER initiative. in XIX IBC 2017, Abstract Book I: Oral Presentations (S. 130). [T2-11-01]
  • Heckenhauer, J., Salim, K. A., Chase, M. W., Pennington, R. T., Paun, O., Barfuss, M. H. J., & Samuel, M. R. (2017). Plant DNA barcodes and assessment of phylogenetic community structure of a tropical mixed dipterocarp forest in Brunei Darussalam (Borneo).
  • Heckenhauer, J., Salim, K. A., Chase, M. W., Dexter, K. G., Pennington, T., Tan, S., ... Samuel, M. R. (2017). Plant DNA barcodes and assessment of phylogenetic community structure of a tropical mixed dipterocarp forest in Brunei Darussalam (Borneo). PLoS ONE, 12(10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185861
  • Urtubey, E., Tremetsberger, K., Baeza, C. M., López-Sepúlveda, P., König, C., Samuel, M. R., ... Guo, Y-P. (2017). Systematics of Hypochaeris section Phanoderis (Asteraceae, Cichorieae). Systematic Botany.
  • Sauquet, H., von Balthazar-Schönenberger, A. M. L., Magallon, S., Sanmartin, I., & Schönenberger, J. (2017). Testing the morphological clock using an angiosperm-wide floral dataset. in XIX IBC 2017, Abstract Book I: Oral Presentations (S. 186-187). [T2-31-06]

Last update: 09/01/2018