Integrative Systematics of Plant and Fungi (ISOP)
The ISOP group investigates taxonomy, systematics and phylogeny of vascular plants, algae and fungi. We are particularly interested in selected groups of African monocotyledons (Bjorå and Stedje), lichenized fungi (Timdal), fungi (Bendiksby) and microalgae (Eikrem).
From top left: The micro algae Chrysochromulina leadbeateri; Mika in the field; an undescribed Lecidea lichen species from Folldal, Norway; Einar in Jasper national park, Alberta, Canada; a herbarium specimen; a gelatinous fungus of the genus Tremella; Brita and Solveig doing fieldwork in Zimbabwe; Charlotte with Scadoxus in Zimbabwe; Ledebouria ciliata; a DNA sample in the lab; Wenche on the Arctic sea ice.
One of the largest global threats to our environment is the accelerating loss of biological diversity. Research, documentation and dissemination of biological diversity is dependent on the classification and naming of existing organisms in nature. Taxonomy is the theory and practice of grouping individuals of life on earth into species, arranging species into larger groups and giving those groups names, thus providing a classification. Modern taxonomy and systematics have a solid theoretical foundation and a wide selection of tools to test hypotheses. Molecular methods, including DNA sequence data, are increasingly used to define taxonomic units, analyse their relationships and map their evolutionary history in time and space.