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Biodiversity and Plant Systematics

Dr. Dmitry German

Dima moved in spring 2019 to Barnauls, Russia:  South-Siberian Botanical Garden, Altai State University (Barnaul, Russia)


Dr. Dmitry German
Dr. Dmitry German
Im Neuenheimer Feld 345
69120 Heidelberg
Fon +49 6221 54-5701
Fax +49 6221 54-5508
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BrassiBase: Tools and biological resources to study characters and traits in the Brassicaceae (DFG – SSP1529)

BrassiBase is a developing 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 was 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 included 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 had been subsequently incorporated. Basic research are being 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 are the basis and starting point for other projects focusing in more details on individual characters and traits – inside and outside SSP 1529 “Adaptomics”.



Relevant publications:


Koch M. A., German D. A., Kiefer M., Franzke A. 2018. Database taxonomics as key to modern plant biology. Trends Pl. Sci. 23 (1): 4–6. DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2017.10.005

Kiefer M., Schmickl R.German D. A., Mandáková T., Lysak M. A., Al-Shehbaz I. A., Franzke A., Mummenhoff K., Stamatakis A., Koch M. A. 2014. BrassiBase: introduction to a novel knowledge database on Brassicaceae evolution. Pl. Cell Physiol. 55 (1): e3. DOI:10.1093/pcp/pct158

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.

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