Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch
Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch
Im Neuenheimer Feld 345
Fon +49 6221 54-4655
Fax +49 6221 54-5508
ed.grebledieh-inu.soc TEA hcok.sucram
Sprechzeit: Mittwochs 11:00 - 12:00 Uhr
Evolutionary and biodiversity research in our department is focusing on various levels of biological variation - from molecules to landscapes. In our department we are addressing questions on 1) systematics and phylogenetic relationships among plant species, 2) phylo-biogeography (the distribution of genetic variation in space and time), 3) the evolution of molecular marker systems (nuclear single copy genes, selected regions of the nuclear encoded ribosomal DNA, plastid DNA, promoter regions, microsatellites), 4) adaptation processes and character trait evolution, 5) genome evolution, 6) speciation processes, breeding system evolution and differentiation on the population level, 7) developmental-molecular processes responsible for maintaining plant cell identity, and 8) structure, morphology and evolution of angiosperm flowers.
For many of the projects we are focusing on cruciferous plants (mustard family, Brassicaceae). Our aim is to develop this group of more than 3700 species into one of the most important model systems on the family level and below - in basic but also in applied research. This family provides some great advantages and opportunities because of a broad spectrum of methods and techniques available, well-established theoretical concepts, but also because of the many resources such as databases, DNA libaries, complete genome sequences from various species, or large germ-plasm collections at various locations as hold also for example at our department. Here, our collections are focusing on "wild populations" to elaborate the significance of genetic variation and diversity for evolution and speciation.
Actually our department consists of various Resarch Groups and working teams:
Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch: PLANT SYSTEMATICS, EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY
Dr. Dmitry German: BrassiBase - a knowledge database on Brassicaceae diversity (DFG - SPP1529 )
Dr. Graham Muir: Introgression genomics in Arabidopsis: Molecular basis for adaptation and evolution (DFG - SPP1529 )
aplProf. Dr. Claudia Erbar: FLOWER BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
Dr. Anja Schmidt: Apomictic and sexual germline development.
Dr. Markus Kiefer: Technology platforms, development and scientific administration
We are regularly offering open positions for the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor-, Master- or PhD-degree.
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A larger number of projects is focusing on various biodiversity aspects, especially CONSERVATION GENETICS of endangered European and Asian plant species and KNOWLEDGE DATABASES of biological resources and biodiversity. The "Biodiversity Research Center " has been awarded in 2010/2011 as "innovation star ".
Broader aspects of biodiversity are elaborated within the interdisziplinary research framework of the in 2011 founded Heidelberg Centre for the Environment .
The "Biodiversity and Plant Systematics" department is also closely associated with the Heidelberg Botanic Garden and Herbarium (HEID) with its director Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch. Numerous research projects are largely dependent on the greenhouse facilities, gardeners expertise and the herbarium (HEID) with its more than 350.000 collection objects.
|Editor-in-Chief Plant Systematics and Evolution (PSE)|
|Associate Editor Perspectives in Plant Ecology and Evolution (PPEES)|
|Elected member Akademie fuer oekologische Landesforschung|
|Leiter GrüneSchule Junge Universität Heidelberg|
|Awarded member 2013-2014 Marsilius Kolleg|
|Founding and advisory board member Heidelberg Centre for the Environment|
|Founding and Chairman BIODIVERSITY Research Center at Heidelberg University|
|Member Scientific Advisory Board IPK Gatersleben|
|Editorial Advisory Board Ruperto Carola|