Group of Wild Plant Science

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hajime IKEDA
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Assist. Prof. Dr. Jun YAMASHITA
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Keywords: Wild plant; Database; Evolution; Adaptation; Resources

Summary of main research topics

Natural variation and evolution of plants
Earth is home to over 270,000 known species of plants. This diversity of plants has been shaped mainly through adaptive evolution to various environments, including abiotic as well as biotic ones. We are interested in understanding the global plants’ diversity. We specifically examine mechanisms of adaptive evolution that proceed in natural populations of plants. In addition to such basic research on natural history, we preserve and distribute wild plant seed resources.

Latest publications (for complete and most current publications visit group pages)

(1) Wakai, N., Yamashita, J., Enomoto, T., Hanafusa, T., Ono, T. and Maeda, M. Factors affecting 137Cs concentration in wild plants and soils of different land use in Iitate village after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident. Radiation Safety Management 18: 1-8. (2019. 2.)
(2) Takaishi, A., Kozhevnikov, A.E., Kozhevnikova, Z.V., Ikeda, H., Fujii, N. and Soejima, A. Phylogeography of Pulsatilla cernua (Ranunculaceae), a grassland species, in Japan. Ecology and Evolution 9: 7262-7272. (2019. 6.)
(3) Oda, J., Fuse, S., Yamashita, J. and Tamura, M. N. Phylogeny and taxonomy of Carex (Cyperaceae) in Japan I. C. sect. Rarae. Acta Phytotaxonomica et Geobotanica 70(2): 69-85. (2019. 6.)