Partial asexuality and the speed of adaptation
The time needed until a population has adapted to new environmental conditions also depends on its reproductive system. While sexual reproduction (random mating) rapidly creates new genotypes, already well-adapted genotypes can best be maintained by asexual (clonal) reproduction. Using a mathamatical model (Markov chain), we are trying to determine under which selective conditions combined sexual and asexual reproduction lead to faster adaptation.
Cooperation: Solenn Stoeckel, INRA Rennes
Phylogeography of the vulnerable plant species Scabiosa canescens WALDST. & KIT. (Dipsacaceae)
Scabiosa canescens is a central european plant of xerothermic habitats and considered vulnerable in Germany. We aim to reconstruct its distribution history based on chloroplast haplotypes, thereby providing key information for conservation and management of the species.
In charge: Annett Schladitz (diploma student)
Cooperation: Sascha A. Ismail, University of Aberdeen // Erik Welk, Martin-Luther-University Halle
Genetic diversity of the rare desert shrub Calligonum bakuense LITV. (Polygonaceae)
With only around 150 individuals worldwide endemic to the coastal sand dunes around Baku (Azerbaijan), the deset shrub Calligonum bakuense is one of the rarest plants on earth. We use nuclear microsatellites to study its genetic diversity and help with its protection.
In charge: Halil I. Atis (BSc-Kandidat)
Cooperation: Nadja Korotkova & Gerald Parolly, BGBM // Institute of Botany and Central Botanical Garden Baku, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences