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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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2017-05-22: New article published

Our article Barré P, Stöver BC, Müller KF, Steinhage V: LeafNet: A computer vision system for automatic plant species identification was published in Ecological Informatics.

2017-05-13: Version 0.4.0 of JPhyloIO released

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

2017-05-13: Version 2.3.0 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.

2017-03-24: Poster on metadata processing in JPhyloIO, LibrAlign and TreeGraph 2 presented at the 6th MGSE Symposium

A poster on the use of externally defined ontologies in metadata processing in JPhyloIO, LibrAlign and TreeGraph 2 is being presented at the 6. annual symposium of the Münster Graduate School of Evolution (MGSE).

2017-02-08: Open theses in 2017

A number of bachelor and master theses are open this year in the bioinformatical branch of our group. Topics can be chosen from the following areas:
  • Bioinformatical software development
  • Analysis of molecular evolution
  • Taxon identification using computer vision
Further information at http://go.wwu.de/dc95c. Contact Ben Stöver if you are interested or have further questions.

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