Biodiversity and evolution
There is an estimated 1.5 to 6 million species on Earth. Plants include some 350 000 species, and fungi more than 70 000. How can we explain the diversity of these groups? How can we associate genetic and morphological diversity? To answer these questions, we are studying diverse aspects of the distribution, evolution and conservation of plants and fungi.
For further information, please have a look at the personal pages of the researchers of this axis:
- Denis Barabé
Plant morphology. Development and biology (thermogenesis, pollination) of the Aroid flower. Systematics and ecology of the Araceae. Theoretical biology (phyllotaxis).
- Luc Brouillet
Molecular systematics and evolution of the Asteraceae. Flora of Québec-Labrador and Newfoundland: distribution and conservation. “Flora of North America” Project.
- Anne Bruneau
Molecular systematics of legumes and Rosa. Evolution of reproductive systems, pollination, polyploidy and hybridation in flowering plants.
- Alain Cuerrier
Ethnobiology, ethnozoology and ethnobotany. Folk classification. Medicinal plants of the First Nations of Canada. Antidiabetic and potentially antioxidant plants. Traditional knowledge of Inuits in Nunavik and Crees in Quebec.
- Mohamed Hijri
Genetic structure, genomics, genomne evolution and reproduction of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Biodiversity, molecular identification and phylogeny of AMF. Multiple interactions between AMF, biofilm forming bacteria and plant pathogenic fungi.
- Simon Joly
Phylogeny. Population genetics. Evolutionary genomics. Bioinformatics. Conservation.
- Marc St-Arnaud
Mycorrhizal symbioses and soil microbiology.