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Plant Phylogeny and Evolution

We focus on the phylogenetics, evolution, taxonomy and biogeography of plants, specifically those from a very economically important family Apiaceae, which includes crops such as carrot, celery, parsley, fennel, dill, coriander, aniseed and others. Though our research is not applicable, the understanding of the evolutionary relationships between crops and their wild brethren is vital for agriculture and biotechnology.

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Eucaryotic Microorganisms

The main focus of our team’s research is autotrophic euglenids, however we also study other eukaryotic microorganisms. The topics of our research encompass such disciplines as taxonomy, phylogenetics, evolution, genetics and genomics. The team consists of three smaller groups: Molecular biology of euglenids, Evolution and genomics of eukaryotic microorganisms and Taxonomy, phylogenetics and evolution of euglenids.

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Paleobiology

Evolution and functional biology of reptiles - Evolution and development of conodonts - Triassic ecosystems - Origins of animals in the fossil record - Origin of molluscs - Biogeography, evolution and embryogenesis of water fleas

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Mycology

The topic of our interest above all are evolutionary old lineages of land fungi (Mucoromycota) as well as their widely comprehended interactions with bacteria. Mucorales (Mucoromycota) are commonly found in various habitats all around the world. The vast majority of them are organisms which degrade dead organic matter. In recent years it has been discovered that the hyphae of some Mucorales may contain bacteria on the inside. However, the diversity and factors influencing the frequency of occurrence or the effect on the host of these bacteria remains poorly understood.

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