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Dr. Julia Bechteler

Nees-Institut für Biodiversität der Pflanzen • Meckenheimer Allee 170 • D – 53115 Bonn






My current and past research spans three areas:

  1. Adaptation to dry habitats. 

    Currently, I aim at identifying genes that are responsible or linked to the adaptation to desert environments. I use members of the angiosperm family Loasaceae from the Atacama and Namib desert to undertake transcriptomic analyses. This research is carried out within the DFG CRC1211 (

  2. Evolution of early land plants. 

    Another interest is in understanding the evolution of early land plants. I mainly work with two liverwort study systems, both consisting of predominantly epiphytic species: the leafy Lejeuneaceae and the simple thalloid Metzgeriaceae. To address my questions regarding their biogeography or character evolution, I use a variety of bioinformatic programs to analyze molecular, as well as morphological data from extant and fossil specimens.

  3. Symbiosis. 

    I also want to get a better understanding of the adaptation of the lichen symbiotic entity to different environmental conditions. In a recent project, we determined the genetic diversity of the photobionts and mycobionts of Antarctic Placopsis species, what helped to make inference about their ecological preferences in recently deglaciated areas.

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