Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology
In the past month, we kickstarted the first year of field work within a project that aims to explore adaptive hybridization in willows.
Sofian has joined our team to study ecology of hybrid willows. He is going to explore changes in their chemistry and biotic interactions along ecological gradients to explore if hybrids extend niches of their parental species.
Priscila Mezzomo, who is a PhD student in our team, won the prize for best student talk at a PhD student conference organized by the Department of Zoology, University of South Bohemia.
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Merry Christmas and happiness,
good health, love and many publications
in the New Year 2023!
from Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology
Hybridization as a path to success? Adaptive hybridization in willows in face of biotic and abiotic pressures.
We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join a project funded by Czech Science Foundation that aims at exploring if the hybridization in plants is fuelled by the adaptive value of hybrids in face of biotic and abiotic selection pressures. The project focuses on willows as a diverse and dominant key-stone plant genus to explore the distribution of their hybrids in natural communities and to dissect their interactions with insect herbivores and environment along elevational gradients.
Plants produce an astonishing diversity of chemical compounds that help them to cope with various types of stress. Here we used willows growing along an elevational gradient to compare various aspects of chemical diversity among plants exposed to different environmental conditions.
Mezzomo, P., Weinhold, A., Aurová, K., Jorge, L. R., Kozel, P., Michálek, J., Nováková, N., Seifert, C. L., Volfová, T., Engström, M., Salminen, J.-P., Sedio, B. E., & Volf, M. (2023). Leaf volatile and nonvolatile metabolites show different levels of specificity in response to herbivory. Ecology and Evolution, 13, e10123. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.10123