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Prenner, Gerhard

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Job title: 

Research Fellow, Character Evolution

Department: 
Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
Joined Kew: 

2005

Foreign languages: 

German (mother tongue)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MSc, Botany, Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria), 1998
  • PhD, Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria), 2003
  • Editorial Board, Kew Bulletin, Wulfenia
Role: 

My research focuses on the application of floral morphology, anatomy and ontogeny to study plant systematics and addresses questions regarding organ identity and floral ecology. I use techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), light microscopy (LM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to study evolution and character homologies of flowers and inflorescences. I am interested in taxa from a broad systematic range, with particular foci in the orders Fabales, Malpighiales and Myrtales. My collaborative research includes PhD students and a network of collaborators within Kew, the UK and internationally.

Selected publications: 

Cardoso, D., Sao-Mateus, W. M. B., da Cruz, D. T., Zartman, C. E., Komura, D. L., Kite, G., Prenner, G., Wieringa, J. J., Clark, A., Lewis, G., Pennington, T. & Queiroz, L. P. (2015). Filling in the gaps of the papilionoid legume phylogeny: the enigmatic Amazonian genus Petaladenium is a new branch of the early-diverging Amburaneae clade. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 112-124. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.12.015 Available online

Leite V. G., Teixeira S. P., Mansano V. F. & Prenner G. (2015). Floral development of the early branching papilionoid legume Amburana cearensis (Leguminosae) reveals rare and novel characters. International Journal of Plant Sciences 176: 94-106. DOI:10.1086/678468

Prenner G. (2014). Floral ontogeny in Passiflora lobata (Malpighiales, Passifloraceae) reveals a rare phyllotactic pattern in petal formation and provides new evidence for interpretation of the tendril and corona. Plant Systematics and Evolution 300: 1285–1297.

Paulino J. V., Prenner G., Mansano V. F. & Teixeira S. P. (2014). Comparative development of rare cases of a polycarpellate gynoecium in an otherwise monocarpellate family, Leguminosae. American Journal of Botany 101: 572–586.

Bruneau A., Klitgaard B. B., Prenner G., Fougere-Danezan M. & Tucker S. C. (2014). Floral evolution in the Detarieae (Leguminosae): phylogenetic evidence for labile floral development in an early diverging legume lineage. International Journal of Plant Sciences 175: 392–417.

Contact

E: g.prenner[at]kew.org

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