September 18, 2018

Our first paper on Antarctic moss phylogeography has just been published in Organisms Diversity and Evolution.

It is the first contribution to the PhD of Marta Saługa, conducted within our Antarctic project led by our Group together with the Dept. of Bryology of our Institute. Using the case study of Drepanocladus longifolius (widely considered a bipolar taxon), we underline the importance of appropriate taxonomic and phylogenetic delimitation of taxa (especially those with wide geographical ranges) for biogeographical studies. Then, we show that extant Antarctic populations of the study taxon result most likely from recent, postglacial colonization but, in the same time, they may bear signs of a rapid adaptation to the specific ecological conditions of this extreme region.

Here you can find more information on the Antarctic research project.

Our paper has been selected the September highlight in Organisms Diversity & Evolution and presented on Springer facebook page.


Saługa M, Ochyra R, Żarnowiec J, Ronikier M, 2018. Do Antarctic populations represent local or widespread phylogenetic and ecological lineages? Complicated fate of bipolar moss concepts with Drepanocladus longifolius as a case study. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 18: 263–278 DOI