diversity is the basis of life on our planet. The vascular plants, especially
the angiosperms, are important for us humans as suppliers of food and renewable
raw materials. The diversity of angiosperms currently comprises around 250.000
known species. It is estimated that another 50.000 species are still to be
discovered. However, many thousands of species are threatened with extinction
deals with the following topics: i) Present-day diversity of angiosperms, their
morphology, classification and geographical distribution; ii) Evolution of
angiosperms and the role of environmental factors as well as interactions with
animals; iii) Origin of present-day distribution patterns and possibilities to
understand geographic distributions (the group of lichens is also considered in
this topic). Furthermore, applied aspects of diversity research (species/nature
conservation, diversity/flora change) are covered. A broad spectrum of methods
are taught, including "classical" morphological-anatomical studies
and molecular sequence based methods (DNA sequencing, fragment analyses) for the
reconstruction of phylogeny and trait evolution.
The module may
include a one-week excursion, for example to the Alps.
working group responsible for this module is closely linked to the Botany
Department of the Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt and cares for one of
the largest herbarium collections in Germany. Therefore, the importance and use
of scientific herbarium and living collections are also addressed in the module.
of the module – second half
of the summer semester
Number of participants - 12
Special features – If necessary, experiments of genetic safety level S1 can be carried
out. As a rule, a one-week excursion is part of the module.
Homepage of the working group
Biozentrum, Campus Riedberg
Gebäude N 101, Raum 1.07
60438 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 798-46475
F +49 69 798-46470
Tuesday and thursday from 12-14 o'clock and by arrangement