Hybrids - chances and challenges of new genomic combinations
Hybrids, crosses between species, are much more common in nature than was assumed only some decades ago. Apparently they play a decisive, yet so far little investigated role in evolution. In addition, hybrids often are invasive species and pose challenges for many ecosystems. On the other hand, breeding programs make use of heterosis effects resulting from hybridization and represent an important pillar of our agriculture. In times of global climate change and the resulting shift of habitats we can expect an increase in hybridization events. Facing this current challenge, our initiative focuses the expertise of research institutions in Hamburg to gain important insights into hybridization.
Duration: 2017 - 2020
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Arp Schnittger
Funded by: Landesforschungsförderung Hamburg
Symposium on hybridization
From June 12-14, 2019 the Hybrid-Symposium took place at the Institute of Plant Science and Microbiology of the Universität Hamburg. More than 100 international scientists met in Hamburg to discuss ecological, evolutionary, physiological and molecular aspects of hybridization. The keynote talks were given by Prof. Emeritus Rosemary Grant from Princeton University and Prof. Dr. James Mallet from Harvard University. In addition, 14 renown scientists working on different aspects of hybridization were invited to share their latest results with us and to discuss the ongoing work of young scientists working in the field.