October 2003 to present

Recent advances in molecular phylogenetic analyses and broader taxonomic sampling have revealed the lineages of living angiosperms that represent the earliest divergent lineages following the origin of flowering plants. These lineages are commonly referred to as the “basal angiosperms”. Despite consisting of only a small fraction of the total diversity of living angiosperms, this clade underwent tremendous radiation and diversification before the emergence of the Eudicot-Monocot radiation.

Our Research Group takes part in international state-of-the-art projects within this remarkable group of angiosperms. Our basal angiosperm research is especially focused on the species-rich genus Peperomia. Additionally, we also cooperate in different research projects within the order Piperales and in general studies of basal angiosperms.
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