Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg University

Consortium name  
Swedish Consortium: Consortium for West Sweden Biological Collections (The Gothenburg Consortium)
Institution (Original name) 
Institutionen för Biologi och Miljövetenskap, Göteborgs Universitet
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Medicinaregatan 18
Postal code 
40530
City 
Gothenburg
POSTAL ADDRESS
Postal address 
Carl Skottsbergs Gata 22 B, University of Gothenburg, Box 461
Postal code 
405 30
City 
Göteborg
Country 
Sweden
Phone 

(+46) 31 786 2692

TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
University
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
Yes
If yes, please specify  
The department is part of University of Gothenburg
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Member since 
2012
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Claes Persson (at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg)

Curator of Herbarium GB & lecturer

+46 31 786 2692

claes.persson@bioenv.gu.se

Systematics of the plant family Rubiaceae

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH CONNECTIONS TO CETAF
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field + Working Group or Project involved in 

Ellen Larsson, Director of fungi, ellen.larsson@bioenv.gu.se

systematics of Inocybaceae in the Nordic countries

Bengt Oxelman, professor in systematic Botany, bengt.oxelman@bioenv.gu.se, Systematics of Caryophyllaceae

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

HENRIK ARONSSON, Head of Department (Botanical building), Phone: +46 31 786 4802, E mail: henrik.aronsson@bioenv.gu.se

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff70
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections20
c) Post-docs / PhD students08
d) Others (Associates, etc.)100
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)198
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions 00
f) Collection Managers / technicians11
g) Others 60
TOTAL (e+f+g) 71
Total permanent staff 
26
Total non-permanent staff 
9
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
35
Male (%) 
65
Female (%) 
35
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
3
List of laboratories 
  1. DNA extraction-lab.
  2. PCR-lab, amplification of DNA
  3. Preparation of samples for NGS (target capture etc.)
List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 

Albiorix computer cluster Bioanalyzer; TapeStation; 1 Inverted flat-bed scanner (Herbscan)

RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Fungal taxonomy and systematics
Summary of your Research programme 

Phylogeny, systematics and species diversity of Inocybaceae in the Nordic countries
Diversity, host-specificity and ecological preferences in ectomycorrhizal fungi
Alpine mycology

Research Field 
Tropical Biodiversity and systematics
Research Field 
Biogeography & macroevolution of the tropics
Summary of your Research programme 

We want to understand how biological diversity has evolved and how it will be affected by on-going climate change and habitat destruction. The scope of our studies range from specific organism groups in isolated regions in the Neotropics to global cross-taxonomic patterns.

We attempt to integrate data and methodologies from molecular phylogenetics, palaeobiology, biogeography, climatic modelling, bioinformatics and ecology. Our work has shed further light on the evolution of several taxa and biomes but a lot more remains to be done

Research Field 
Species delimitation & polyploidy
Summary of your Research programme 

The flowering plant group Sileneae (Caryophyllaceae) serve as model group for a taxonomic project which integrates taxonomic, phylogenetic, and molecular information. We combine several gene phylogenies in order to infer phylogenetic relationships and species delimitations at the taxic ("species") level. The phylogenies form the basis for the taxonomic decisions. By studying several, putatively unlinked genes in concert, we are able to detect reticulate phylogenetic patterns, for example ancient hybridizations at homoploid level or allopolyploidy. From the phylogenetic perspective, more general questions, such as the evolution of dioecy and gynodioecy, colonization of isolated island groups and the Arctic, as well as comparative studies of the evolution of reproductive characters and systems can be studied. Our long-term goal is a total taxonomic revision of all the ca. 750 species in Sileneae, and to continuously publish the results via the database. Initially, we choose groups where the above-mentioned general problems can be studied. Cases where reticulate phylogenies are suspected are given special attention.

 

Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
50
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
...
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany220014000005
2.2Mycology2009000090
Total specimens (all collections) 
1,490,000
Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 

No

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
No
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
No
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
70
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
1800
Number of scientific visitors per year 
175
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Vascular Plants (Arecaceae, Basellaceae, Campanulaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Cyclanthaceae, Fabaceae, Malvaceae, Papaveraceae, Polygalaceae, Rubiaceae, Rutaceae)
Fungi (Cantharelloid fungi, Inocybaceae)
Lichens
Red Algae, Green Algae (stoneworts)
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Claes Persson, +46-31-786 2692

Visitors
Last year:  
24
Trends (past and future) 

more or less similar the last 5 years

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Flora of Ecuador

Systematic research in Caryophyllaceae, Cyclanthaceae, Fabaceae, Malvaceae

Last update 
11.28.16