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).




Writing retreat to Kvilda

Posted on: Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:52 By: morgane

Our group spent a nice couple of days at the Kvilda field station in the Šumava Mts to discuss and improve our current manuscripts.

Sumava mountains

New ERC Starting Grant

Posted on: Thu, 09/05/2019 - 00:06 By: morgane

Filip has been awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council for the project DOUBLE ADAPT. Nearly € 2,000,000 will cover 5-years research of adaptive consequences of whole genome duplication in natural and experimental plant populations - project info and press release

Majda's research stay at UC Davis

Posted on: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 23:34 By: morgane

Majda has just returned from an amazing six-week stay at Graham Coop’s group at UC Davis, where she learnt some cool methods to identify evolutionary mechanisms of parallel adaptation.