Accumulating evidence points to continuous gene duplication, transposition and epigenetic changes going along with plant diversification under changing environments. The significance of such genome dynamics for the origin of evolutionary-relevant variation across natural landscapes however remains elusive. Our work thus combines evolutionary genomics and ecology to integrate the drivers of plant adaptation and speciation.
Using high-throughput genomics in natural and experimental populations, we…
… rely on approaches of population/landscape genetics to infer gene flow and adaptation.
… look at transposable elements and their evolutionary impact.
… focus on polyploid speciation as a process integrating genomic and ecological changes.