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Professor Stephen Wright: Adaptation and maladaptation in plant genomes

BiRC seminar

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Tuesday 11 June 2024,  at 13:00 - 14:00


University City 81 (Universitetsbyen 81), building 1872, room 1872-347

Dear all

It is a great pleasure to announce our next BiRC talk: 

Speaker: Professor Stephen Wright, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Canada


What factors facilitate and constrain adaptation, and how does this influence plant genome evolution and diversity? In this talk, I will discuss research in the lab focused on two cases of extraordinary evolutionary parallelism acting on different timescales: the rapid evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds and the formation and degeneration of sex chromosomes. Using a combination of population and comparative genomics, these studies highlight the remarkable multifaceted adaptive potential of agricultural weeds, and the importance of recombination landscapes in driving the evolutionary trajectory and maladaptation of sex chromosomes.


Feel free to circulate the invitation!

On behalf of the organizer,

Ellen Noer
Bioinformatics Research Centre/MBG