Biozentre, Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences
Department for Molecular Plant-Physiologie and Biophysics - Botany I
Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology
Tel.: +49 931 31-84324
Fax: +49 931 31-86158
Dr. Kenji Fukushima (Head)
Although evolutionary processes are largely stochastic, natural selection resulted in the markedly 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.