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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, 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


  • 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
  • ATP - ambiguous mt/pt protein targeting predictor
    Mitschke J., Fuss J., Blum T., Höglund A., Reski R., Kohlbacher O., Rensing S.A. (2009) Prediction of dual protein targeting to plant organelles. New Phytol 183:224

  • 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
  • PlanTAPDB - plant transcription associated proteins
    Richardt S, Lang D, Reski R, Frank W and Rensing SA (2007) PlanTAPDB: A phylogeny-based resource of plant transcription associated proteins. Plant Physiol 143:1452-1466

P. patens resources and links



We are grateful for funding by

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