Evolution and function of complex plant genomes

Start date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2012
End date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
The project aims at combining experience, skills and advanced methodologies of five research teams in order to accelerate scientific competitiveness of the Czech Republic in the filed of plant genomics. Since modern biology is increasingly driven by technology, the project will greatly benefit by tight integration of state-of-the-art methods and instruments provided by the participating teams. The proposed research will bring new knowledge on the structure, evolution and function of complex plant genomes, mainly focusing on (1) consequences of hybridization and polyploidization, (2) evolution and function of specialized chromoso- mes, (3) role of repetitive sequences in shaping plant genomes and their compartments, (4) evolutionary significance of epigenetic information, and (5) karyotype changes accompanying evolution and speciation. Although the project has no ambitions of immediate application outputs, its results will provide a basis for future applications of genomics tools in breeding improved cultivars of agricultural crops.
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Internal investigator/coinvestigator: 
Jaroslav Doležel
Internal investigator: 
is coinvestigator only
External investigator/coinvestigator: 
Vyskot Boris, Lysák Martin, Macas Jiří