Improve our understanding of the impact climate change on plant life in the Antarctic is a new research project in the ReskiLab. Biologists Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and Dr. Hyoungseok Lee from the Korea Polar Research Institute KOPRI, South Korea, will join forces to decipher the genome of an Antarctic strain of the moss Sanionia uncinata. In a second step the genome will be compared to the genome of the model moss Physcomitrella patens, which cannot grow in Antarctica. The project will be funded by KOPRI’s “Polar Genomes 101 Project”. “We are excited about this new opportunity and expect new insights into plant adaptation to harsh environmental conditions,” says Reski. Therefore the Rector of the University of Freiburg/Germany, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, and the President of the Korea Polar Research Institute KOPRI, Dr. Ho-Il Yoon, have just signed a co-operation agreement on moss research.
media release at the University of Freiburg