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Genetics and evolution

Evolution is the process that shapes the extraordinary adaptations that enable organisms to occupy all the diverse habitats and niches on Earth. The research in genetics and evolution aims to understand the ecological drivers and evolutionary processes that shape all life – from the origin of species to the mechanisms that enable adaptation to their specific environments. This research is very important for the understanding of the distribution and conservation of species.

The evolutionary mechanisms that drive diversification and adaptation to different environments – from oceans to deserts – are based on interactions between the specific environment and the genetic diversity of species. The research of evolutionary processes is central for understanding and confronting current global challenges such as the biodiversity crises, food supply, disease outbreaks and antibiotic resistance.

Research centers in Genetics and evolution

Research groups in Genetics and evolution

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Research areas:

  • Tropical plant resources
  • Vegetation ecology
  • Systematic botany

Research areas:

  • Microbial genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sediment microbiology
  • Microbial ecology

Research areas:

  • Temperature adaptation
  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Stress response
  • Heat shock protein

Research areas:

  • Temperature physiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Insects
  • Metabolism

Research areas:

  • Geomicrobiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular microbial ecology

Research areas:

  • Population genetics
  • Conservations genetics
  • Adaptation
  • Speciation mechanisms

Research areas:

  • Zoology
  • Biogeography
  • Animal evolution
  • Bioimaging

Research areas:

  • Environmental DNA
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Entomology

Research areas:

  • Aero-microbiology (atmospheric microbiology)
  • Microbial ice nucleation
  • Microbial airborne dispersal (pathogen airborne dispersal)
  • Biogeography
  • Polar microbiology

Research areas:

  • Host-parasite-interactions
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Plant adaptation
  • Molecular ecology

Research areas:

  • Comparative physiology
  • Cardiorespiratory functions
  • Metabolism

Research areas:

  • Behavioural evolution
  • Comparative genetics
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Population genetics

Research areas:

  • Temperature adpatations
  • Stress resistance
  • Ageing and inbreeding

Research areas:

  • Plant phylogeny
  • Biogeography
  • Macroecology
  • Tropical rainforest