Effects of hybridization on the expression of apomixis in the Ranunculus auricomus complex (FWF I 310-B13, 2009-2013)

Elvira Hörandl & Timothy Sharbel

In flowering plants, hybridization and polyploidy are important evolutionary processes and are often connected to changes in the reproductive system.

The aim of the project is to study effects of interspecific hybridization and polyploidy on evolution of apomixis, the asexual reproduction via seed (apomixis) in the Ranunculus auricomus complex. We use comparative transcriptomics, NGS technologies, flow cytometry, microscopy and experimental tests.

We are further interested in phylogenetic distribution and biogeography of apomixis in flowering plants.

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