November 8, 2016

We start a new research project entitled Evolution and past range dynamics of the terrestrial Antarctic biota: insights from next-generation phylogeography of endemic mosses, a short description of which you can find here.

This research is financially supported by the National Science Centre (NCN), Poland, in the framework of the OPUS grant programme. It is coordinated by Michał Ronikier and carried out in a tight collaboration with Prof Ryszard Ochyra and the Laboratory of Briology of our institute. With comprehensive genetic studies of several moss species, the project will contribute to our knowledge of the history of the contemporary terrestrial biota of Antarctica.

The first results (see references below) have already been presented at two symposia, in Bonn (ATOL-Pleurocarps Meeting 2016) and in Lublin (57th Meeting of the Polish Botanical Society), by Marta Saługa, who has started her PhD within the project.

References

Ronikier M, Ochyra R, Saługa M, Suchan T, 2016. Evolution and historical range dynamics of the Antarctic terrestrial biota in the light of detailed phylogeographical analysis of endemic moss species: a new project. 57th Meeting of the Polish Botanical Society. Botany – Tradition and Modernity, June 27 – July 3, 2016, Lublin, Poland. Abstracts of oral presentations and posters: 38

Saługa M, Ochyra R, Ronikier M, 2016. Biogeography, morphology and genetic diversity of Drepanocladus longifolius (Mitt.) Paris and D. capillifolius (Warnst.) Warnst. – it is really possible to delimit these morphologically similar species. The 2nd International Symposium on the Evolution and Systematics of Pleurocarpous Mosses. June 9-12, 2016, Bonn, Germany. Program and abstracts: 24

Saługa M, Ochyra R, Ronikier M, 2016. North or south? Biogeography, morphology and genetic diversity of Drepanocladus longifolius (Mitt.) Paris and D. capillifolius (Warnst.) Warnst. 57th Meeting of the Polish Botanical Society. Botany – Tradition and Modernity. June 27 – July 3, 2016, Lublin, Poland. Abstracts of oral presentations and posters: 38