Department of Botany I - Plant-Physiology and Biophysics

    Dr. Kenji Fukushima

    Group Dr. Kenji Fukushima

    University Wuerzburg
    Biozentre, Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences
    Department for Molecular Plant-Physiologie and Biophysics - Botany I
    Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology
    Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 2
    97082 Wuerzburg

    Tel.: +49 931 31-84324
    Fax: +49 931 31-86158


    Room: 201


    Dr. Kenji Fukushima (Head)

    Matthias Freund (Doctoral Researcher)

    Dr. Dorothea Graus (Postdoc)

    Franziska Saul (Doctoral Researcher)

    Dr. Nadine Schäfer (Postdoc)

    Dr. Takanori Wakatake (Postdoc)

    Focus of the group

    Although evolutionary processes are largely stochastic, natural selection resulted in the marked elaboration of form and function in living organisms. Carnivorous plants provide one of the most remarkable examples of complex trait evolution in 200 million years of flowering plant diversification. Many important topics of evolutionary biology are involved in their origin and evolution: drastic morphological changes, convergence, co-option, preadaptation, phenotypic plasticity, and so on. We aim to reveal as-yet-unknown mechanisms behind evolutionary processes using carnivorous plants (and few other fascinating species) by combining genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, and anything useful.