Morphology and Systematics of Phanerogams (Higher Plants)


Head: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Hilger

Tel. ++49 +30 838 56512
Visiting hours (Students): Tuesdays 11-12, Room 1.26

Academic Staff:

Dr. Federico Luebert, Tel. 56645; email: f.luebert(at)fu-berlin.de


Dr. Ute Müller-Doblies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dietrich Müller-Doblies

Technical Assistant:

Christoph Dietrich, Tel. 53154

Diploma and State Examination Candidates, Ph D Students:

Dipl.-Biol. Grischa Brokamp

Fränze Danisch
Wibke Kramm
Victoria Stier

Student Co-workers:

Simona Kostova
Marlena Winter

Field of Research:

Our working group studies the evolution and relationships between plant taxa world wide. Boraginaceae (forget-me-not family) serves as the model group. To establish these relationships, we implement not only the classical and indispensible methodologies - anatomy and morphology, together with the analysis of growth processes (ontogenetics) by light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy - but also DNA systematics. The analysis of nuclear and plastid DNA can confirm existing relationships or reveal previously unknown or unconsidered characters.

In international cooperation a continued effort to analyze the Boraginales worldwide is in progress.

The aim is to elucidate the evolution of plant taxa in time and space and their structural and ecological adaptation in different habitats.

Contact and cooperation with other institutes worldwide as well regular study visits and field trips e.g. to South America form the basis of our research. A further focus is on Tropical Botany in combination with morphological, anatomical, molecular and biogeographical studies.


Our main field of research: Boraginaceae s.l. (from 2000)

All Publications

The Katharina Heinroth Prize of the Gesellschaft naturforschender Freunde Berlin for Diploma Theses of exceptional merit awarded to our working group:

2001 Marc Gottschling:
Phylogenetische Analyse einiger Vertreter der Ehretiaceae Mart. ex Lindl. (Boraginales).

2005 Natalie Cusimano:
Untersuchungen an Onosma (Boraginaceae) von Serpentinstandorten in der Umgebung von Florenz (Italien).

2011 Susanne Dotzer:
Die iberischen Jahre (1933-1940) des Botanikers Werner Rothmaler (1908-1962)

Cooperation partners:

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Weigend
Nees-Institut für Biodiversität der Pflanzen und Botanische Gärten, Universität Bonn

PD Dr. Marc Gottschling
Systematische Botanik, LMU München

Prof. Dr. Diego Medan
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Harald Förther

Dr. Jürgen R. Hoppe
Universität Ulm - Abt. Spezielle Botanik

Dr. Federico Selvi
Dipartimento di Biotecnologie Agrarie, Università di Firenze

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