We are interested in the evolutionary processes shaping diversity in natural plant populations. The main focus of our group is to reveal triggers and evolutionary consequences of whole genome duplication, and parallel environmental shifts across multiple populations. To do so, we combine a wide range of genetic (genome resequencing, RNAseq, flow cytometry) and ecological (field surveys, chamber and transplant experiments) approaches. We build our hypotheses using comprehensive knowledge of range-wide natural variation of our study systems, primarily wild members of the leading plant model genus Arabidopsis. This enables us to leverage the extensive knowledge on A. thaliana to understand the links between the variation observed in the field and the genomic, functional and eco-physiological background of our study species.


New, motivated students and interns are always welcome! In case you’d like to join us, just e-mail Filip (filip.kolar_at_gmail.com) or check our new Bc/MSc. topics (in Czech)

Noví zájemci o bakalářské a magisterské práce jsou vždy vítáni, blžší info zde. Pokud vás náš výzkum obecně nebo i konkrétní témata zaujala napište Filipovi (filip.kolar_at_gmail.com) nebo se stavte v naší místnosti (dveře č. 69, první patro Benátská 2).




Utku Deniz joins the group for summer internship

Posted on: Fri, 08/23/2019 - 13:55 By: morgane

The Plant Ecological Genomics Group has a new member joining to carry out his BSc Erasmus internship. Utku, from the İzmir Institute of Technology, Turkey, is working on endosperm phenotypes and pollen fertility in interploidy crosses. Welcome! 

Plant Population Biology conference 2019

Posted on: Fri, 08/23/2019 - 13:54 By: morgane

The GfÖ-Specialist Group Plant Population Biology (PopBio) held their conference in Warsaw this year and lots of members of our department attended. Emma gave a talk on barriers to gene flow in Arabidopsis.

Paper on altitudinal differentiation in Arabidopsis is out!

Posted on: Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:06 By: filip.kolar

New paper demonstrating strong altitudinal differentiation in Arabidopsis arenosa regardless of ploidy in Western Carpathians has been just published in Annals of  Botany. A collaborative work of our group lead by Guillaume with significant contribution of Majda, Majda, and our previous students Adam and Jana.