Department of Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants (with Herbarium)
Welcome to the Department of Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants (with Herbarium)
Plant systematics is one of the oldest disciplines at the University of Göttingen and is being taught there since the founding of the university in 1735.
The major research topics of our Department are evolution, phylogeny and taxonomy of flowering plants. Our mission is to understand the patterns and processes of diversification of plants in space and time. We focus on evolutionary processes at the population and species level, and on interspecific relationships within genera. The role of reproductive and developmental biology for plant evolution is an important focus of our research. By analyzing asexual reproduction in plants we try to understand the evolutionary paradox of predominance of sex in nature. Our major model systems are Ranunculus (buttercups), Salix (willows), Rutaceae (the citrus family) and the grass genus Paspalum.
The Department is equipped with modern molecular, karyological and computer laboratories. We host an internationally renowned Herbarium (GOET) of about 800.000 specimens (including over 12.000 types) and research collections of living plants (c. 2.000).
Prof. Elvira Hörandl
Tel.: 551 39 7843
Termine n. Ü.
Dr. Marc Appelhans
Tel.: 551 39 22220
Termine n. Ü.