Understanding evolution

Planten en schimmels

We study how the interplay of interactions determines evolutionary processes. We integrate a combination of phylogenetic, ecological, genomic, morphological, and anatomical approaches and apply these to several target taxa, mainly in plants and fungi. Our research includes comparative, descriptive, and experimental tools, and implements both field and collection-based research. Our goal is to address fundamental questions on the evolution of biodiversity, leading to novel and powerful insights into our natural world. 

Group leader

Dr. Vincent Merckx
vincent.merckx@naturalis.nl

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Who
work here

Our programmes
& research themes

A selection of the main topics we are working on.

    Fungal evolution

    Fungal evolution

    Diversification of fungi in the order Russulales. Taxonomists create the language of biodiversity, enabling communication about different organisms among scientists and the general public. This essential work is particularly challenging in hyper diverse…
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    Balanced lethal systems

    In an ERC Starting Grant-funded research program, Ben Wielstra explores the role of genome rearrangements in the evolution of balanced lethal systems. In a balanced lethal system, two chromosome forms carry distinct lethal alleles that are reciprocally…
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