Project EPIDIVERSE – Natural DNA methylation variation in European Thlaspi arvense populations

Basic data

Acronym:
EPIDIVERSE
Title:
Natural DNA methylation variation in European Thlaspi arvense populations
Duration:
01/09/2017 to 31/08/2021
Abstract / short description:
There is currently much speculation about the extent, stability and ecological relevance of epigenetic variation in natural plant populations. How much epigenetic variation is there, and how is it structured? Do patterns of epigenetic variation mirror those of genetic variation, or do they tell a different story? How much of the variation observed in the field is plastic responses to different environments, and how much is stably inherited and thus potentially adaptive? So far, we cannot answer these questions well enough because there have been too few systematic large-scale surveys of epigenetic variation in natural plant populations.
The aim of this research project is to conduct such a study in the annual plant and common crop weed Thlaspi arvense (field pennycress). We will take part in a sampling campaign across Europe and set up a garden experiment, will screen DNA methylation in field and garden plants to assess epigenetic population structure and the stability of DNA methylation differences, and will analyse relationships between epigenetic variation, climate and other environmental factors. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the group of Claude Becker at the Gregor Mendel Institute in Vienna (RP12).
Keywords:
epigenetics
Epigenetik
natural variation
DNA Methylation
adaptation

Staff

Managers

Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
Institute of Evolution and Ecology
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Local organizational units

Institute of Evolution and Ecology
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science

Funders

Brüssel, Belgium
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