A2.16 | DRIVERS OF EVOLUTION IN BROMELIOIDEAE IN THE MATA ATLANTICA AND CERRADOS/CAMPOS RUPESTRES
The Bromeliaceae is a neotropic, species-rich family of terrestrial and epiphytic plants (58 genera/3245 species). Hence, it is a suitable model for the research of evolution of epiphytism as well as specific morphological and physiological adaptations. The Subfamily Bromelioideae (approx. 810 species) radiated relatively recently (late Miocene) within the coastal rain forest of eastern South America. However, basal representatives originate from the Andes and seasonally dry areas (Cerrado/Campos rupestres).
The Project in BiK-F Phase II will be built upon previous findings by means of improved and thorough sampling, especially in the critical groups. Molecular and cytogenetic methods combined with palaeo-climatic data, biogeographic analyses as well as reconstruction of ancestral environmental conditions will provide further insights into:
Within the project, we are cooperating with Brazilian colleagues (Prof. Dr. Ana-Maria Benko-Iseppon and Prof. Dr. Marccus Alves, Recife; Elton Leme (Teresopolis); Prof. Dr. Maria Graça Wanderley, Sao Paulo; Dr. Rafaela Forzza, Rio de Janeiro).
Currently, there has also been a research project performed within the framework of the PROBRAL-program, in which the Brazilian guest researchers conducted the lab work and a joint field excursion was held in Brazil. On the part of Germany, the group of Prof. Dr. K. Weising, University of Kassel is also involved.
Dr. Katharina Schulte, Researcher