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) Ikeda, H., Suzuki, T., Oka, Y., Gustafsson, L. A. S., Brochmann, C., Mochizuki, N. and Nagatani, A. Divergence in red light responses associated with thermal reversion of phytochrome B between high- and low-latitude species. New Phytologist 231: 75-84. (2021. 7.)
(2) Sata, H., Shimizu, M., Iwasaki, T., Ikeda, H., Soejima, A., Kozhevnikov, A. E., Kozhevnikova, Z. V., Im, H. T., Jang, S. K., Azuma, T., Nagano, A. J. and Fujii, N. Phylogeography of the East Asian grassland plant, Viola orientalis (Violaceae), inferred from plastid and nuclear restriction site-associated DNA sequencing data. Journal of Plant Research 134:1181-1194. (2021. 11.)
(3) Noda, H., Fuse, S., Yamashita, J., Poopath, M., Pooma, R. and Tamura, M. N. Phylogenetic analysis of Dioscorea (Dioscoreaceae) from Japan and adjacent regions based on plastid and nuclear DNA sequences, with special reference to the taxonomic status of selected taxa. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. (2021.10.
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(4) Gustafsson, L. A. S., Gussarova, G., Borgen, L., Ikeda, H., Antonelli, A., Marie-Orleach, L., Rieseberg, L. H. and Brochmann, C. Rapid evolution of post-zygotic reproductive isolation is widespread in Arctic plant lineages. Annals of Botany (2021. 10. Online preview)

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