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Evolution und Biodiversity of Plants

Pinguicula longifolia

Pinguicula longifolia. Photo: W. Barthlott.

The group Evolution and Biodiversity of Plants (chair Kai Müller) was established in 2009, as one of the five major groups in the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at WWU.

The working group deals with the evolution of plant biodiversity. Using phylogenetic reconstructions based on molecular data, we contribute to new plant classifications as a means of communication in the whole field of biology. In addition, we test hypotheses on spatial and temporal diversification and key innovations of several angiosperm groups. One current focus are carnivorous plants in the order Lamiales: here, chloroplast genome evolution and the observed nuclear genome miniaturization are among the main research topics. In the context of these subjects, we also contribute to bioinformatic method and software development.

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2017-01-09: Version 2.12.0 of TreeGraph released

A new version of our phylogenetic tree editor can be downloaded from http://treegraph.bioinfweb.info/Download.

It offers new functionality in calculating node/branch data and visualizing metadata.

2017-01-09: Version 2.2.0 of bioinfweb.commons.java released

A new version of our Java library bioinfweb.commons has been released. It consists of different modules to be used in bioinformatics or in a general purpose that are made available under GNU LGPL 3.

2016-12-14: Version 0.3.0 of JPhyloIO released

A new version of our library for reading and writing of phylogenetic file formats through one event-based interface was released.

2016-12-02: Demo Applications for JPhyloIO available

As a part of the documentation of our Java library JPhyloIO for event-based reading and writing of phylogenetic data, we now provide four demo applications that allow to quickly get started and show the different features.

2016-09-08: New article published

Our following new article has been published:

Grimm J, Hoffmann M, Stöver BC, Müller KF, Steinhage V: Image-Based Identification of Plant Species Using a Model-Free Approach and Active Learning. In Friedrich G, Helmert M, Wotawa F: KI 2016: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, 2016, Springer International Publishing; 169-176

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