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  • Gottschling, M., Elbrächter. M. & Tillmann, U. (in press): The taxonomic identity of Micracanthodinium setiferum (Lohmann) Deflandre (Dinophyceae incertae sedis) remains elusive, and its epitypification is not effective. Palynology 46.
  • Pätzold, J., Feyrer, B., Saumweber, J., Hilger, H.H & Gottschling, M. (in press): Observations on flower and fruit anatomy in dioecious species of Cordia (Cordiaceae, Boraginales) with evolutionary interpretations. Org Divers Evol. 


  • Krueger, T.A., Robinson, A., Bourke, G. & Fleischmann, A. (2023). Small leaves, big diversity: citizen science and taxonomic revision triples species number in the carnivorous Drosera microphylla complex (D. section Ergaleium, Droseraceae). Biology 12: 141.
  • Tillmann, U., Gottschling, M., Wietkamp. St. & Hoppenrath, M. (2023): Morphological and phylogenetic characterisation of Prorocentrum spinulentum, sp. nov. (Prorocentrales, Dinophyceae), a small, spiny species from the North Atlantic. Microorganisms 11: 271.
  • Tillmann, U., Wietkamp, St., Gottschling, M. & Hoppenrath, M. (2023): Prorocentrum pervagatum, sp. nov. (Prorocentrales, Dinophyceae), A new, small, planktonic species with a global distribution. Phycol Res 71: 56–71.


  • Dos Santos, P., Brilhante, M. A., Messerschmid, T. F. E., Serrano, H. E., Kadereit, G., Branquinho, C., De Vos, J. M. (submitted): Plant growth forms dictate adaptations to the local climate. Frontiers in Plant Science.
  • Messerschmid, T. F. E., Abrahamczyk, S., Bañares Baudet, A., Brilhante, M. A., Eggli, U., Hühn, P., Kadereit, J. W., Dos Santos, P., De Vos, J. M., Kadereit, G. (submitted): Inter- and intra-island speciation and their morphological and ecological correlates in Aeonium (Crassulaceae), a species-rich Macaronesian radiation. Annals of Botany.
  • Morales-Briones, D. F. & Kadereit, G. (submitted): Exploring the possible role of hybridization in the evolution of photosynthetic pathways in Flaveria (Asteraceae), the prime model of C4 photosynthesis evolution. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 
  • Žerdoner Čalasan, A., Hammen, S., Sukhorukov, A.P., McDonald, J.T.,Brignone, N.F. Böhnert, T., Kadereit, G. (in press): From continental Asia into the world: global historical biogeography of the saltbush genus Atriplex (Chenopodieae, Chenopodioideae, Amaranthaceae). Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.
  • Albani Rocchetti, G., Carta, A., Mondoni, A., Godefroid, S., Davis, C.C., Caneva, G., Albrecht, M.A., Alvarado, K., Bijmoer, R., Borosova, R., Bräuchler, C., Breman, E., Briggs, M., Buord, S., Cave, L.H., Gonçalves Da Silva, N., Davey, A.H., Davies, R.M., Dickie, J.B., Fabillo, M., Fleischmann, A., Franks, A., Hall, G., Kantvilas, G., Klak, C., Liu, U., Medina, L., Gunnar Reinhammar, L., Sebola, R.J., Schönberger, I., Sweeney, P., Voglmayr, H., White, A., Wieringa, J.J., Zippel, E. & Abeli, T. (2022). Selecting the best candidates for resurrecting extinct-in-the-wild plants from herbaria. Nature Plants 8:1385-1393.
  • Almer, J., Resl, P., Gudmundsson, H., Warshan, D., Andrésson, Ó.S., Werth, S. (2022) Symbiont-specific responses to environmental cues in a threesome lichen symbiosis. Mol Ecol in press.
  • Burgt X. M. van der, Haba P. M., Magassouba S. & Veranso-Libalah M. C. (2022) Benna alternifolia (Melastomataceae: Sonerileae), a new herbaceous genus and species from Guinea, West Africa. – Willdenowia 52: 25–37.   
  • Chavarria-Pizarro, T., Resl, P., Janjic, A., Werth, S. (2022): Gene expression responses to thermal shifts in the endangered lichen Lobaria pulmonaria. Molecular Ecology 31:839-858.
  • Chavarria-Pizarro, T., Resl, P., Kuhl-Nagel, T., Janjic, A., Fernandez Mendoza, F., Werth, S.(2022) Antibiotic induced treatments reveal stress responsive gene expression in the endangered lichen Lobaria pulmonaria. Journal of Fungi 8:625.
  • Fleischmann, A., Gonella, P.M., Rojo, S. & Mengual, X. (2022). Attracted to feed, not to be fed upon - on the biology of Toxomerus basalis (Walker, 1836), the kleptoparasitic “sundew flower fly” (Diptera: Syrphidae). Journal of Tropical Ecology 38: 241-253.
  • Freund, M., Graus, D., Fleischmann, A., Gilbert, K.J., Lin, Q., Renner, T., Stigloher, C., Albert, V., Hedrich, R. & Fukushima, K. (2022). The digestive systems of carnivorous plants. Plant Physiology 190(1): 44-59. .
  • Gerasimova, J. V., Beck, A., Werth, S., Resl, P. (2022) High diversity of type I polyketide genes in Bacidia rubella as revealed by the comparative analysis of 23 lichen fungal genomes. Journal of Fungi 8:449.
  • Gonella, P.M., Sano, P.T., Rivadavia, F. & Fleischmann, A. (2022). A synopsis of the genus Drosera (Droseraceae) in Brazil. Phytotaxa 553: 1-76.
  • Gottschling, M., Elbrächter, M., Kretschmann, J. & Tillmann, U. (2022): Panzergeißler Stylodinium droht zu verschwinden, bevor seine stielbildende Lebensweise erforscht ist. GfBS newsletter 40: 52–55.
  • Holzer V.J.C, Kretschmann, J. Knechtel, J. Owsianny, P.M. & Gottschling, M. (2022): Morphological and molecular variability of Peridinium volzii (Peridiniaceae, Dinophyceae) and its relevance for infraspecific taxonomy. Org Divers Evol. 22: 1-15
  • Hühn, P., Dillenberger, M.S., Gerschwitz-Eidt, M., Hörandl, E., Los, J.A., Messerschmid, T.F.E., Paetzold, C., Rieger, B. & Kadereit, G. (2022) How challenging RADseq data turned out to favor coalescent-based species tree inference. A case study in Aichryson (Crassulaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 167:107342.
  • Janošík, L., Catcheside, P. S., Catcheside, D. E. A. & Döbbeler, P. (2022). Octosporella australis sp. nov. and O. jungermanniarum agg. (Pezizales), two notable hepaticolous fungi from Australia. Nova Hedwigia 115(1-2): 157-179.
  • Kartonegoro, A., Kadereit, G., Veranso-Libalah, M.C. (2022). Systematics and Phylogeny of Dissochaeteae. In: Goldenberg, R., Michelangeli, F.A., Almeda, F. (eds) Systematics, Evolution, and Ecology of Melastomataceae. Springer, Cham.
  • Kraft, M., Scheidegger, C., Werth, S. (2022) Stressed out: The effects of heat stress and parasitism on gene expression in the lichen-forming fungus Lobaria pulmonaria. The Lichenologist 54:71-83.
  • Kretschmann J, Žerdoner Čalasan, A., Knechtel, J., Owsianny, P. M., Facher, E. & Gottschling, M. (2022): Evolution of Thoracosphaeroideae (Peridiniales, Dinophyceae) and a case of atavism in taxonomically clarified Chimonodinium lomnickii var. wierzejskii from the Polish Tatra Mountains. 57: 406–421.
  • Krueger, T.A., Cross, A.T., Hübner, J., Morinière, J., Hausmann, A. & Fleischmann, A. (2022) A novel approach for reliable qualitative and quantitative prey spectra identification of carnivorous plants combining DNA metabarcoding and macro photography. Scientific Reports 12: Article 4778.
  • Liu, Y., Veranso-Libalah, M.C., Kadereit, G., Zhou, R.C., Quakenbush, P.J., Lin, C.W., Sae Wai, J. (2022). Systematics of the Tribe Sonerileae. In: Goldenberg, R., Michelangeli, F.A., Almeda, F. (eds) Systematics, Evolution, and Ecology of Melastomataceae. Springer, Cham.
  • Mirra F, M Gottschling, O’Leary, N. & Moroni, P.(2022): Taxonomic revision of the genus Cortesia (Ehretiaceae, Boraginales), a genus endemic to Argentina. Darwiniana 10: 279–287.
  • Renner, S.S., Fleischmann, A. & Döbbeler, P. (2022). Professor Dr. Dieter Podlech (1931–2021). Berichte der Bayerischen Botanischen Gesellschaft 92: 225-230.
  • Renner, S.S. & Fleischmann, A. (2022) Statistical evidence that honeybees competitively reduced wild bee abundance in the Munich Botanic Garden in 2020 compared to 2019. Oecologia 198: 343-344.
  • Resl, P., Bujold, A. R., Tagirdzhanova, G., Meidl, P., Rallo, S. F., Kono, M., Fernández-Brime, S., Guðmundsson, H., Andrésson, Ó. S., Muggia, L., Mayrhofer, H., McCutcheon, J.P., Wedin, M., Werth, S., Willis L. M., Spribille, T. 2022. Large differences in carbohydrate degradation and transport potential in the genomes of lichen fungal symbionts. Nature Communications 13:2634.
  • Sebald, V., Goss. A. J., Ramm, E., Gerasimova, J. V., Werth, S. (2022):NO2 air pollution drives species composition, but tree traits drive species diversity of urban epiphytic lichen communities  Environmental Pollution.
  • Tefarikis, D.T., Morales-Briones, D.F., Yang, Y., Edwards, G., Kadereit, G. (2022) On the hybrid origin of the C2 Salsola divaricata agg. (Amaranthaceae) from C3 and C4 parental lineages. New phytologist.
  • Tillmann, U., Beran, A., Gottschling, M., Wietkamp, St. & Hoppenrath, M. (in press): Clarifying confusion – Prorocentrum triestinum J.Schiller and Prorocentrum redfieldii Bursa (Prorocentrales, Dinophyceae) are two different species. Eur J Phycol. 57:2, 207-226.  
  • Ulloa Ulloa, C., Alameda, F., Goldenberg, R., Kadereit, G., Michelangeli, F.A., Penneys, D.S., Stone, R.D., Veranso-Libalah, M.C. (2022). Melastomataceae: Global Diversity, Distribution, and Endemism. In: Goldenberg, R., Michelangeli, F.A., Almeda, F. (eds) Systematics, Evolution, and Ecology of Melastomataceae. Springer, Cham. 
  • Yang, M-X., Werth, S., Wang L-S., Scheidegger, C. (2022) Phylogeographic analyses of an epiphytic foliose lichen show multiple dispersal events westward from the Hengduan Mountains of Yunnan into the Himalayas. Ecol Evol.


  • Bauer, W., Gottschling, M., Keupp, H., Kusber, W-H. & Mertens K.N. (2021) Validation of the calcareous dinophyte Wallidinellum (Peridiniales), with notes on the status of fossils in the Code. Phytotaxa 520: 296–300.
  • Carmesin, C.F., Fleischmann, A., Klepsch, M., Westermeier, A.S., Speck, T., Jansen, S. & Poppinga, S. (2021) Structural gradients and anisotropic hydraulic conductivity in the enigmatic eel traps of carnivorous corkscrew plants (Genlisea, Lentibulariaceae). American Journal of Botany 108(12): 2356-2370 .
  • Döbbeler, P. & Braun, U. (2021) Pseudomicrodochium bryophilum – a new conidium-forming ascomycete on foliose liverworts. Schlechtendalia 38: 326–330.
  • Döbbeler, P., Büschlen, A., Eckstein, J. & Gross, A.. (2021) Belonium coroniforme Rehm (Helotiales), a highly specialized muscicolous ascomycete on Orthotrichaceae and Leucodon. – Sydowia 74: 163–174.
  • Döbbeler, P. (2021) Bryomycology without bryology? Nova Hedwigia 112(1–2): 267–270.
  • Döbbeler, P., Büschlen, A. & Eckstein, J. (2021) Octospora bicarpa sp. nov. (Pezizales), the first species of the bryophilous genus Octospora Hedw. with ameroconidia. 13(2): 85–91. 10.25664/ART-0322
  • Döbbeler, P. & Davison, P. G. (2021) Non-hypocrealean ascomycetes on Frullania mainly from Southeastern North America. – Nova Hedwigia 113(3-4): 361-401. 10.1127/nova_hedwigia/2021/0663
  • Gerasimova, J., Ezhkin, A.K., Davydov, E.A., Beck, A. (2021) Multilocus-phylogeny of the lichen-forming genus Bacidia s. s. (Ramalinaceae, Lecanorales) with special emphasis on the Russian Far East. The Lichenologist 53, 441–455. doi:10.1017/S0024282921000396
  • Gerasimova, J., Ruthensteiner, B., Beck, A. (2021) MicroCT as a Useful Tool for Analysing the 3D Structure of Lichens and Quantifying Internal Cephalodia in Lobaria pulmonaria. Applied Microbiology 1(2):189-200.
  • Gerasimova, J., Urbanavichene, I. N., Urbanavichus, G. P., Beck, A. (2021) Morphological and phylogenetic analyses of Toniniopsis subincompta s. lat. (Ramalinaceae, Lecanorales) in Eurasia. Article
  • Gottschling, M., Carbonell-Moore M.C., Mertens, K.N., Kirsch, M., Elbrächter, M. & Tillmann, U.(2021) Fensomea setacea, gen. & sp. nov. (Cladopyxidaceae, Dinophyceae), is neither gonyaulacoid nor peridinioid as inferred from morphological and molecular data. Sci Rep 11: 12824.
  • Gottschling, M., Czech, L., Mahé, F., Adl, S., Dunthornn, M. (2021) The windblown: Possible explanations for dinophyte DNA in Tropical forest soils. J Eukaryotic Microbiol 68: e12833. (IF 2019: 2.143).
  • Horstmann, M., Fleischmann, A., Tollrian, R. & Poppinga, S. (2021). Snapshot prey spectrum analysis of the phylogenetically early-diverging carnivorous Utricularia multifida from U. section Polypompholyx (Lentibulariaceae). PLOS ONE 16(4): e0249976.
  • Iwasaki, M., Kajiwaram, T., Yasui, Y., Yoshitake, Y., Miyazaki, M., Kawamura, S., Suetsugu, N., Nishihama, R., Yamaoka, S., Wanke, D., Hashimoto, K., Kuchitsu, K., Montgomery S. A., Singh, S., Tanizawa, Y., Yagura, M. Mochizuki, T., Sakamoto, M., Nakamura, Y., Liu, C., Berger, F., Yamato K. T., Bowman, J. L., Kohchi, T. (2021) Identification of the sex-determining factor in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha reveals unique evolution of sex chromosomes in a haploid system. Current Biology 31: 1-11.
  • Kartonegoro, A., Veranso-Libalah, M.C., Kadereit, G., Frenger, A., Penneys, D.S., Mota de Oliveira, S. & Van Welzen, P.C. (2021) Molecular phylogenetics of the Dissochaeta-alliance (Melastomataceae): Redefining tribe Dissochaeteae. Taxon 70: 793-825.
  • Krueger, T. A. & Fleischmann, A. (2021) A new species of Drosera section Arachnopus (Droseraceae) from the western Kimberley, Australia, and amendments to the range and circumscription of Drosera finlaysoniana. Phytotaxa 501(1): 56 - 84.  
  • Lendzian, K., Beck, A. (2021) Barrier properties of fungal fruit body skins, pileipelles, contribute to protection against water loss. Scientific Reports 11: 8736. DOI:
  • Messerschmid, T.F.E., Wehling, J., Bobon, N., Kahmen, A., Klak, C., Los, J.A., Nelson, D.B., dos Santos, P., de Vos, J.M., Kadereit, G. (2021) Carbon isotope composition of plant photosynthetic tissues reflects a Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) continuum in the majority of CAM lineages. PPEES 51: 125619.  
  • Morales-Briones, D., Kadereit, G., Tefarikis, D.T., Moore, M.J., Smith, S.J., Brockington, S.F., Timoneda, A., Yim, W.C, Cushman, J.C., Yang, Y. (2021) Disentangling Sources of Gene Tree Discordance in Phylogenomic Datasets: Testing Ancient Hybridizations in Amaranthaceae s.l. Systematic Biology 70: 219–235.
  • Pu, Y., Naikatini, A., Pérez-Escobar, O. A., Silber, M., Renner, S. S. and Chomicki, G. (2021) Genome-wide transcriptome signatures of ant-farmed Squamellaria epiphytes reveal key functions in a unique symbiosis. Ecology and Evolution.
  • Renner, S. S., Graf, M.S., Hentschel, Z., Krause, H. & Fleischmann, A. (2021) High honey-bee abundances reduce wild bee abundances on flowers in the city of Munich. Oecologia 195: 825 - 831.
  • Renner, S. S., S. Wu, Pérez-Escobar, O. A., Silber, M.V., Fei, Z. and Chomicki, G. (2021) A chromosome-level Kordofan melon genome illuminates the origin of domesticated watermelons. Proceedings of the Natl. Academy, USA 118(23): e2101486118. 
  • Scatigna, A.V. & Fleischmann, A. (2021) Philcoxia rhizomatosa: Plantaginaceae: Gratioleae. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 38(4): 500 – 512.
  • Siadjeu, C., Lauterbach, M., Kadereit, G. (2021) Insights into regulation of C2 and C4 photosynthesis in Amaranthaceae/Chenopodiaceae using RNA-Seq. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22 (22), 12120.
  • Sündhofer, R., Mayrhofer, H., Werth, S., Dragiecevic, S., Berg, C. (2021) Epiphytic bryophytes and lichens in Graz and Podgorica (Austria and Montenegro) Herzogia 34:299-326.
  • Tessi, T. M., Brumm, S., Winklbauer, E., Schumacher, B., Pettinari, G., Lescano, I., González, C. A., Wanke, D., Maurino, V .G., Harter, K., Desimone, M. (2021) Arabidopsis AZG2 transports cytokinins in vivo and regulates lateral root emergence. New Phytol. 229(2):979-993. 
  • Tillmann, U., Bantle, A., Krock, B., Elbrächter, M. & Gottschling, M. (2021) Recommendations for epitypification of dinophytes exemplified by Lingulodinium polyedra and molecular phylogenetics of the Gonyaulacales based on curated rRNA sequence data. Harmful Algae xx: 101956. (IF 2019: 3.707).
  • Uotila, P., Sukhorukov, A., Bobon, N., McDonald, J., Krinitsina, A.A., Kadereit, G. (2021) Phylogeny, biogeography and systematics of Dysphanieae (Amaranthaceae). Taxon 70:526-551.
  • Vandelook, F., Newton, R.J., Bobon, N., Bohley, K., Kadereit, G. (2021) Evolution and ecology of seed internal morphology in relation to germination characteristics in Amaranthaceae. Annals of Botany.
  • Veranso-Libalah, M.C., Stone, R.D., Haba, P.M., Magassouba, S., Kadereit, G., Van Der Burgt, X. (2021). Phylogenetic placement of Cailliella praerupticola (Melastomataceae), a rare, monospecific lineage from Guinea, West Africa. Willdenowia 51: 47–56.  
  • Weckesser, M., Dornes, A.P., Beck, A., Popa, F., Wieners, M., Scholler, M. (2021) Lichenized fungi (lichens). In: Scholler M & Popa F (eds) Fungi of the former protected forest Wilder See in the Black Forest National Park with special consideration of species associated with Abies alba (silver fir). Forschung im Nationalpark Schwarzwald 1: 111-198. 
  • Werth, S., Meidl, P. and Scheidegger, C. (2021) Deep divergence between island populations in lichenized fungi. Scientific Reports 11:7428. Article
  • Werth, S., Pálsson, S. Þ., Andrésson, Ó. S. (2021) Characterization of simple sequence repeat loci for Peltigera membranacea (lichenized Ascomycota) and its Nostoc photobiont. The Lichenologist.