The Campanula patula polyploid complex: Does polytopic evolution repeat itself?

Name: The Campanula patula polyploid complex: Does polytopic evolution repeat itself?
Researchers: Rooks Frederick (head – principal researcher)
Project Type: C - other (Research and development projects of ministries, contracts and agreements on targeted research and cooperation, etc.)
Realization from: 2010
Realization to: 2012
Summary: The present proposal aims to study the Campanula patula L. polyploid complex using a variety of approaches. By employing flow cytometry, AFLP fingerprinting, sequencing of variable chloroplast regions as well as hybridization experiments, the question whether evolution repeats itself in polyploid complexes is to be addressed. Campanula patula provides a suitable model system for studying recurrent formation of polyploids and for estimating the role of polytopic polyploidy in plant evolution. This project should open new possibilities for studying C. patula from the perspectives of population biology and ecological genetics with the knowledge of genetic and morphological differentiation and partially also reproductive isolation among populations. At the same time, novel information will be gathered that will significantly contribute to the biosystematic treatment of the group throughout its distribution range.

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