Evolution und Biodiversity of Plants
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.
Apr 07, 2016: Version 2.9.2 of TreeGraph releasedA new version of our phylogenetic tree editor can be downloaded from http://treegraph.bioinfweb.info/Download
Oct 20, 2015: Version 2.5.0 of TreeGraph 2 released and presented at MGSE SymposiumA new version (2.6.0) of our editor for phylogenetic trees was released. Additionally new features were presented on a poster at the 5th annual Münster Graduate School of Evolution Symposium.
Oct 01, 2015: New article publishedOur following new article has been published:
Kilian N, Henning T, Plitzner P, Müller A, Güntsch A, Stöver BC, Müller KF, Berendsohn WG, Borsch T: Sample data processing in an additive and reproducible taxonomic workflow by using character data persistently linked to preserved individual specimens. Database, 2015:bav094
Our group developed the components necessary to process molecular data, including the libraries LibrAlign, JPhyloIO and TIC.