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Great moments in evolution: the conquest of land by plants

We are interested in the evolution of plants sensu lato - i.e., the photosynthetic eukaryotes.

A main focus is the moss, Physcomitrium (previously Physcomitrella) patens.
Methods encompass molecular and cellular biology, phylogeny, phylogenomics and comparative genomics.
In terms of systems biology we are interested in gene regulatory networks.
We are studying the evolution of plant interactions with fungi and bacteria to mutually exchange nutrients.

Bryophyta in the Tree of Life & worldwide distribution of Funariaceae

Our lab's research ranks 23rd in German plant science (source: Laborjournal)

See our publications

General tools and resources

  • Landing Page for our online resources

  • PEATmoss (Physcomitrella Expression Atlas Tool): a unified gene expression atlas for the model plant Physcomitrella patens. Fernandez‐Pozo N, Haas FB, Meyberg R, Ullrich KK, Hiss M, Perroud PF, Hanke S, Kratz V, Powell AF, Vesty EF, Daum CG, Zane M, Lipzen A, Sreedasyam A, Grimwood J, Coates JC, Barry K, Schmutz J, Mueller LA, Rensing SA (2019).
    Plant Journal. doi:10.1111/tpj.14607

  • TAPscan - Comprehensive genome-wide classification reveals that many plant-specific transcription factors evolved in streptophyte algae
    Wilhelmsson P.K., Mühlich C., Ullrich K.K., Rensing S.A. (2017) Genome Biology and Evolution, evx258

  • GTP and ATP2 - Green Targeting Predictor and Ambiguous mt/pt Targeting Predictor 2
    Fuss J., Liegmann O., Krause K., Rensing S.A. (2013) New Phytol 200:1022
  • KeyS - software for paralog clustering and Ks distribution plots (please contact : Stefan Rensing)
    Rensing SA, Ick J, Fawcett JA, Lang D, Zimmer A, Van de Peer Y, Reski R (2007) An ancient genome duplication contributed to the abundance of metabolic genes in the moss Physcomitrella patens. BMC Evol Biol 7:130

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