One of our main aims is to survey and record the appearance of plant chromosomes, and interpret their significance in classification and evolution.
We work principally on plant groups that have been selected for particular study throughout the institution (e.g. petaloid monocotyledons and grasses).
We use a range of preparation and staining techniques, DNA quantity estimation and computer-aided image analysis. The results are used to make detailed comparisons of close relatives, estimate diversity in natural populations and explore how species adapt to their environment and evolve.