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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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2018-05-15: First version of PhyDE 2 released

Our multiple sequence alignment editor PhyDE is currently rewritted based in the functionality of our libraries JPhyloIO and LibrAlign. A first version of this new development branch is now avaialble at http://bioinfweb.info/PhyDE2/Download .

2018-04-18: Version 1.1.0 of AlignmentComparator released

A new version of our application to visually compare alternatibe multiple sequence alignments of the same dataset is available.

This is the first feature-complete version of AlignmentComparator that now allows to compare any number of alignments and to attach notes to the comparison.

2018-04-18: Version 0.9.0 of LibrAlign released

A new version of our GUI library providing powerful components for displaying and editing multiple sequence alignments and attached raw- and metadata was released.

2018-03-21: Poster on the GBOL 5 web app presented at the 6th MGSE Symposium

A poster on the GBOL 5 web app is being presented at the 7th annual symposium of the Münster Graduate School of Evolution (MGSE).

2018-02-26: Version 0.5.2 of JPhyloIO released

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

It contains a bug fix for writing multiple documents in a row with the same writer.

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