Department of Plant Developmental Genetics 

Head: Roman Hobza

Our Department is mainly focused on plant genome evolution in the context of various modes of reproduction. We analyze gene structure and regulation to answer basic questions concerning sex chromosome evolution such as degeneration of sex chromosomes, dosage compensation and switches in heterogamety during evolution. We also study structural features, genomic proportions, activity, regulation and epigenetic silencing of dominant genome components, mainly transposable elements.