Evolutionary genomics and ecology of macro and micro evolutionary transitions

We are a group of biologist fascinated by the diversity and evolution of living organisms, populations and ecological systems. Our primary goal is to understand the basic principles underlying both macro and micro evolutionary changes using plants as model organisms. In particular, our interest extends over several fields of plant biology, including ecology, population genetics, molecular evolution, evo-devo, systematics and comparative genomics with special focus on basal groups of land plants. We combine field-based ecological and lab-based molecular approaches including computationally intensive modeling and genome analysis to understand both macro and micro evolutionary processes in natural populations.

Head of group: Dr. Péter Szövényi

Research themes:

  • Regulatory evolution in land plants
  • Life cycle evolution in plants
  • Evolution of the land plant sporophyte
  • Genomic traces of symbiosis in lichens (in frame of the lichen genome project)
  • Polyploid evolution
  • Population genetic structure and long-distance dispersal
  • Comparative genomics of basal land plants

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