February 11, 2020

A new paper on phylogeography of Doronicum austriacum in Central Europe was published in the last volume of Plant Syst. Evol.

This study is part of a long-term research on phylogeography of subalpine tall-herb communities in the Carpathians, carried out in collaboration with Alina Stachurska-Swakoń from the Institute of Botany of the Jagiellonian University. Doronicum austriacum is one of the main species building Central European tall-herb communities. In this paper, we additionally discussed this case study in the context of earlier phylogeographical analyses of key species of tall-herb communities to compare the major patterns of their lineage distributions. Our new results confirm the phylogeographical break between the Western and South-Eastern Carpathians as a major regional biogeographical feature. Close affinity of the Western Carpathian and Sudetes populations was also confirmed as a significant feature in common for studied tall-herb species. In contrast to the phylogeographical structure of other tall-herb species, however, a strong divergence of D. austriacum populations from the Balkan Peninsula was observed supporting the presence of a taxonomically distinct lineage in the latter area. The general phylogeographical pattern based on several species indicates past survival in several distinct areas but only partly common features for the community level emerge.

The paper appeared in a Plant Syst. Evol. topical collection which follows the 2nd edition of our conference ‘Biogeography of the Carpathians’ that took place in Cluj-Napoca in 2017.


Stachurska-Swakoń A, Cieślak E, Ronikier M, Nowak J, Kaczmarczyk A, 2020. Genetic structure of Doronicum austriacum (Asteraceae) in the Carpathians and adjacent areas: toward a comparative phylogeographical analysis of tall-herb species. Plant Systematics and Evolution 306: 14. DOI