Department of Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants (with Herbarium)

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Informationen zum Lehrbetrieb und Termine dieses Semesters finden Sie im Stud.IP bei den einzelnen Lehrveranstaltungen.
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Information about the lectures and dates of this winter term is in the Stud.IP in the respective folders.
Personal meetings are currently not possible. Please contact the teaching staff via email. Also homeworks and protocols should be sent exclusively as pdf or word files.
Please pay attention to the general information and emails of the President's office.

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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) and Rutaceae (the citrus family).

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 14,000 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.