Research

Our research focuses on three typical Caucasian habitat types: the Arcto-Tertiary forests, the xerophytic woodlands, and the high mountain ecosystems.

Molecular systematics and conservation genetics

Taxon-based phylogenetic studies of selected model plant genera with a Caucasian focus (e.g. Pyrus, Campanula, Papaver, Dianthus), Phylogeography, studies of species-level relationships, population genetic studies of selected Arcto-Tertiary tree species (e.g Zelkova, Gleditsia, Pterocarya).

Taxonomy and floristics

Alpha-taxonomical research on selected model groups of flowering plants, bryophytes and lichens. Checklists and inventories, providing the basic data for taxonomy and nomenclature for molecular systematics and biodiversity informatics.

Ecosystems and conservation

Diversity assessment within selected ecosystems and vegetation units, establishing monitoring projects. Our research focuses on three typical Caucasian habitat types: the Arcto-Tertiary forests, the xerophytic woodlands, and the high mountain ecosystems.

Developing tools for conserving the plant diversity

Easy-to-apply tools will be developed for assessing and monitoring the plant diversity of the South Caucasus at the molecular, species and ecosystem levels. These tools will serve as a basis for the sustainable management of the natural resources, for land-use planning, and conservation and management of plant genetic resources.