Explaining the biological hyperdiversity of tropical rainforest using the Tree of Life
Tropical rainforests are home to approximately half of the world’s species, despite only covering 7-10% of the world’s terrestrial surface. At the same time, the tropical rainforest is one of the ecosystems that are most negatively affected by human activities and Global Change. Every year, large swathes of rainforest are being cleared or burned before science has even had a chance to describe or explain their biological diversity.
TropiTol aims to explain the species richness of tropical rainforest by investigating the evolution of rainforest plants. We use genome sequencing and modern analytical techniques to infer the Tree of Life, and analyse it together with large geographic datasets to answer fundamental questions like these:
TropiToL is supported by VILLUM Fonden 2019-2024.