Project groups

DM-1.12 | VITACEAE IN THE NEOGENE (2008 - 2011)

Biodiversity of Vitaceae in Northern Eurasia during the Neogene in relation to climate changes (S. Popova, A. Micheels, E. Herzog, D. Uhl, D. Gromyko, A. N. Müllner, T. Utescher)

Fossil plant records belonging to the family Vitaceae are widely found in Northern Eurasia. It has been proposed that Vitaceae was one of the dominant floras in this region during the Neogene. Therefore, the identification of species of Vitaceae existing during the Neogene in Northern Eurasia is a prerequisite for the complete reconstruction of the Neogene climate. We currently apply the coexistance approach to reconstruct palaeoclimate in Western Siberia based on fossil plant records. Palaeoclimatic conditions in this region are poorly understood. In this proposed project, we aim to perform analyses of biodiversity of extinct species of Vitaceae and include this data in Neogene climate reconstructions. We compare these results with existing biodiversity data of this family under modern climate conditions. For the first time, the combination of morphology, anatomy and biomolecular data together with fossil data is analysed for three genera of Vitaceae and incorporated with modelled and existing climate data.


Akkiraz, M.S., Akgun, F., Utescher, T., Bruch, A.A. & V. Mosbrugger (2011) : Precipitation gradients during the Miocene in Western and Central Turkey as quantified from pollen data. - Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 304 (3-4): 276-290.

Popova, S, Utescher, T., Gromyko, D., Bruch, A.A. & V. Mosbrugger (2012) : Palaeoclimate evolution in Siberia and the Russian Far East from the Oligocene to Pliocene – evidence from fruit and seed floras. - Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences 21: 315–334.

Popova, S., Utescher, T., Gromyko, D., Mosbrugger, V., Herzog, E. & L. Francois (2013) : Vegetation change in Siberia and the northeast of Russia during the Cenozoic cooling: a study based on diversity of plant functional types. - Palaios 28: 418-432.

Utescher, T., Ashraf, A.R., Dreist, A., Dybkjaer, K., Mosbrugger, V., Pross, J. & V. Wilde (2012) : Variability of Neogene Continental Climates in Northwest Europe - a detailed Study based on Microfloras. - Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences 21: 289-314.