Genome sequencing for the development of population genetic markers in bellflowers (Campanula Sect. Scapiflorae)
The bellflowers constitute one of the most species-rich genera of the temperate flora. Their evolution and systematics is currently studied in a series of complementary projects (see www.bgbm.org/de/forschungsprojekteasterales). The Campanula Sect. Scapiflorae has been discovered as a high mountain clade of the Caucasus, but species circumscriptions and the distribution of genetic diversity below the species level are largely unclear. The aim of this project is to develop a set of polymorphic nuclear microsatellite markers for the entire clade that can be used to resolve such questions.