May 18, 2017

A new paper on evolutionary relationships in Viola, led by Grzegorz Migdałek (Pedagogical University in Kraków) in collaboration with our lab has been published in Plant Biology. It deals with population genetics of Viola reichenbachiana and V. riviniana, two closely related and co-occurring European forest violets, and their putative hybrids.

Our study suggests generally lack of recent gene flow between species, possibly only localized (much lower that widely assumed) introgression toward V. riviniana and high influence of selfing on genetic structure of populations.


Migdałek G, Nowak J, Saługa M, Cieślak E, Szczepaniak M, Ronikier M, Marcussen T, Słomka A, Kuta E, 2017. No evidence of contemporary interploidy gene flow between the closely related European woodland violets Viola reichenbachiana and V. riviniana (sect. Viola, Violaceae). Plant Biology 19: 542–551 DOI