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Dr. Dmitry German

Dr. Dmitry German
Dr. Dmitry German
Im Neuenheimer Feld 345
69120 Heidelberg
Fon +49 6221 54-5701
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BrassiBase: Tools and biological resources to study characters and traits in the Brassicaceae (DFG - SSP1529)

We aim to develop a system of cross-referenced information and resources on Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) taxonomy, systematics, evolution, chromosome numbers, accurate enumeration of all species, traits and characters and germplasm resources. At the first stage, the goal is making a family-wide and comprehensive survey of character and trait distribution within the reliable phylogenetic framework supplied with a comprehensive documentation of the taxonomy and systematics of the entire family. This will include a database with all the relevant taxonomic, systematic and phylogenetic literature; a comprehensive data collection of characters and traits including all potentially adaptive traits scientists participating in SSP 1529 are interested in. A DNA-based identification tool for genera and species; electronic interactive keys for the identification of genera and species, and a setup of a carefully selected and documented germplasm collection representing the entire family are to be incorporated further on. Basic research will be conducted to provide first and comparative insights into the evolution of characters and traits over the whole family utilizing also the data collected during the project. The results and framework provided herein will be the basis and starting point for other projects focusing in more details on individual characters and traits – inside and outside SSP 1529 “Adaptomics”.



Publications (some recent articles)


Koch M. A., Kiefer M., German D. A., Al-Shehbaz I. A., Franzke A., Mummenhoff K., Schmickl R. 2012. BrassiBase: Tools and biological resources to study characters and traits in the Brassicaceae – version 1.1. Taxon 61 (5): 1001–1009.

Koch M. A., Karl R., German D. A., Al-Shehbaz I. A. 2012. Systematics, taxonomy and biogeography of three new Asian genera from the Brassicaceae, tribe Arabideae: an ancient distribution circle around the Asian high mountains. Taxon 61 (5): 955–969. 

Hurka H., Friesen N., German D. A., Franzke A., Neuffer B. 2012. “Missing link” species Capsella orientalis and Capsella thracica elucidate evolution of model plant genus Capsella (Brassicaceae). Molecular Ecology 21 (5): 1223–1238.

Al-Shehbaz I. A., German D. A., Karl R., Jordon-Thaden I., Koch M. A. 2011. Nomenclatural adjustments in the tribe Arabideae (Brassicaceae). Plant Diversity and Evolution 129 (1): 71–76.



Curriculum vitae


10. 2011 – present time – postdoc at COS;

01. 2009 – 12. 2010 – research scientist, Department of Functional Genomics and Proteomics, Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic);

09. 2004 – present time – member of editorial board of the journal Turczaninowia;

09. 2002 – 12. 2008, 01.–10. 2011 – researcher, Altai State University (AltSU; Barnaul, Altaiskii krai, Russia), Department of Biology, South Siberian Botanical Garden (SSBG);

01. 1998 – 08. 2002 – junior researcher, AltSU, Department of Biology, SSBG;

11. 1998 – 11. 2001 – post-graduate student, AltSU, Department of Biology; CSc. Diploma (equivalent of PhD) “Cruciferae of Altai Mountain Country” (01.2002);

09. 1993 – 06. 1998 – student, AltSU, Department of Biology; Diploma “Cruciferae of Altai”.



2011 – Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) fellowship (“Taxonomy of some complex groups of the Cruciferae of Asia”), Komarov Botanical Institute (LE), St. Petersburg, Russia, 6 months;

2007–2008 – RFBR fellowship (“Brassicaceae of South Siberia: taxonomy, systematics, distribution”), LE, 6 months.

2006 – Russian Agency for Education fellowship (“Molecular Systematics and Phylogeography of North and East Asian Alysseae (Cruciferae)”), Department of Systematic Botany, Osnabrueck Unitersity (OSBU), 3 months;

2005 – Russian Agency for Education fellowship (“Molecular Systematics and Biogeography of North Asian Cruciferae”), OSBU, 1 month;

2003–2004 – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) fellowship (“Molecular Systematics and Phylogeography of Eurasian Cruciferae”), OSBU, 6 months;

2001 – Federal Program “Integration” of Russian Ministry of Education and Academy of Sciences fellowship (“Taxonomy of the Cruciferae of Altai”), LE, 2 months;

2000 – “Integration” fellowship (“Biodiversity and distribution of the Cruciferae of Altai”), LE, 2 months.


Research experience (selected projects):

2010–2011 – “Taxonomy and biogeography of some important groups of vascular plants from Russia and China” (RFBR and National Natural Science Foundation of China [NSFC]), co-worker;

2010 – “Revision of plant diversity, taxonomy and geography of West Tian-Shan (within Kyrgyzstan) with an emphasis on leading families and endemic taxa” (National Geographic Society of USA [NGS]), project leader;

2008–2010 – “Flora of Tuva: composition, origin, analysis” (RFBR), co-worker;

2007 – “Investigation of diversity and geography of plants of mountains of north-west China” (NGS), project leader;

2004–2006 – “Botanical research of Russian and Chinese Altai” (RFBR and NSFC), co-worker.


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