Klaus Mummenhoff

Apl. Professor, Osnabrück University, Department of Biology / Botany


Phone: +49 541 969 2856


Curriculum Vitae

Education and Academic Career

1983                Diploma in Biology (Botany), Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster

1989                University of Osnabrück, PhD, Botany (systematics, phylogenetics)

1996                University of Osnabrück, habilitation in Botany

Professional experience:

1999                Assistant Professor, University of Osnabrück

Since 2002      Assigned to the official Professor`s group

2005 – 2007    Deputy for the chair of Systematic Botany at the University of Osnabrück

Since 2008      Head of the Examination Office of the Biology Department

Research Support (Main Role in Project):

HU 148/10-1,2 DFG, Chloroplast DNA as a phylogenetic marker in the Brassicaceae, 6 years

HU 148/11-1    DFG Priority Programme (SPP285) Fundamentals of molecular evolution in plants: DNA gene sequencing and fingerprinting in Brassicaceae, 3 years

HU 148/14-1    DFG Priority Programme (SPP1127) Radiations – Origin of biological diversity: Changing of mating systems in Brassicaceae, 3 years

GÖ                Macroevolution of Peronosporales, microevolution and co-speciation of Hyaloperonospora with Brassicaceae, co-PI, 3 years

MU 1137/1-3    DFG Priority Programme (SPP285) Fundamentals of molecular evolution in -1-4
 plants: The use of cp- and nuclear DNA in phylogenetic studies in Brassicaceae: restriction site and sequence analyses, 6 years

MU 1137/2-1    DFG, Molecular and anatomical-mophological studies to elucidate the phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Lepidium and related taxa, 3 years

MU1137/7-1,2  DFG, Phylogeny of Brassicaceae, 6 years

MU 1137/8-1    DFG, Evolutionary genetics of fruit opening in Brassicaceae, 3 years

MU 1137/8-2   Evolutionary developmental genetics of fruit opening in Brassicaceae, 3 years

P501/10/1014  Czech Science Foundation: Genome evolution in Cardamine allopolyploids of contrasting phylogenetic age, co-PI, 3 years

MU 1137/9-1    DFG Priority Programme (SPP1529 Adaptomics):Evolutionary plant solutions to ecological challenges: Molecular mechanisms underlying adaptive traits in Brassicaceae s.l.: Adaptomics of neofunctionalization: analysis of GORDITA-like genes, 3 years

KO 2302/13-1 DFG Priority Programme (SPP1529 Adaptomics):BrassiBase: Tools and biological resources to study characters and traits in the Brassicaceae, co-PI,3 years

KO 2302/13-2 DFG Priority Programme (SPP1529 Adaptomics):BrassiBase: Tools and biological resources to study characters and traits in the Brassicaceae, Associate-PI,3 years

MU 1137/12-1 ERA-NET “ERA-CAPS”: Dimorphic fruits, seeds and seedlings as adaptation mechanisms to abiotic stress in unpredictable environments, 3 years

MU 1137/16-1 Fruit evolution and adaptation to Mediterranean habitats in Raphanus (Brassicaceae), 2 + 3 (optional) years

Numerous funded field trips to Europe, Turkey, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Middle and South America, Ethiopia, Madagascar, S Africa, Australia

Professional Activities:

Editor (with M. Koch)Evolution and Phylogeny of Brassicaceae, Plant Syst. Evol, Spec. Vol.

Reviewerfor American Journal of Botany, Annals of Botany, Annales Botanici Fennici, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Australian Systematic Botany, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, Biodiversity Research and Conservation, Feddes Repertorium, Folia Geobotanica,  Molecular Biology and Evolution,  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, New Phytologist, New Zealand Journal of Botany, Nordic Journal of Botany, Novon, Phytokeys, Phytotaxa,  Planta, PlosOne, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Quarterly Review of Biology, Small, Systematic Botany, Taxon, Turkish Journal of Botany, Willdenowia

Grant reviewer forDFG (German Research Foundation), NSF (National Science Foundation, USA), IRCSET (Irish Council for Science, Engineering and Technology), DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), Conservation Science Centre Wellington, New Zealand, Nat. Research Foundation (South Africa), Nat. Geog. Comm. for Research and Exploration

Awards and honours: Chairman of the advisory board of the Botanical Garden of the Univer-sity of Osnabrück

Talks: Four plenary talks, more than 30 invited talks (e.g., Harvard University, Zürich, Munich, MPI Cologne, Montpellier, Uppsala), and numerous other oral presentations

Congress organization: IBC Vienna 2005,Symposium Evolution of the Cape Flora, Symposium Systematics and evolution in Brassicaceae

Fifteen selected publications (2010-2016):

Lenser T., et al, *Theißen G., *Mummenhoff K, *Leubner-Metzger G. (2016) Aethionema arabicum as a model system for studying developmental control and plasticity of fruit and seed dimorphism. Plant Physiology, in press, * contributed equally to this work

Franzke, A., Koch, M.A., Mummenhoff, K. (2016) Turnip Time Travels – Age Estimates in Brassicaceae. Trends in Plant Sciences 21: 554-561

Salariato DL, Zuloaga FO, Franzke A, Mummenhoff K, Al-Shehbaz IA. (2016) Diversification patterns of the CES clade (Tribes Cremolobeae, Eudemeae, Schizopetaleae: Brassicaceae) along Andean South America. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society181: 543–566

Özüdoğru B, Akaydın G, Erik S, Al-Shehbaz IA, Mummenhoff K. (2015) Phylogenetic perspectives, diversification, and biogeographic implications of the eastern Mediterranean endemic genus Ricotia L. (Brassicaceae). Taxon: 64: 727–740

Zozomová-Lihová J, Mandáková T, Kovaríková A, Mülhausen A, Mummenhoff K, Lysak M A, Kovarík, A (2014) When fathers are instant losers: homogenization of rDNA loci in recently formed Cardamine×schulzii  trigenomic allopolyploid. New Phytologist doi:10.1111/nph.12873

Graeber K, Linkies A, Steinbrecher T, Mummenhoff K, Tarkowská D, TureckováV, Ignatz M, Sperber K, Voegele A, de Jong H, Urbanová T, Strnad M,Leubner-Metzger G (2014) DELAY OF GERMINATION 1 mediates a conserved coat dormancy mechanism for the temperature- and gibberellin-dependent control of seed germination. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 111: E3571–E3580.

Graeber, K., Büttner-Mainik, A., Sperber, K., Mummenhoff, K., Leubner-Metzger, G. (2013) Spatio-temporal seed development analysis provide insight into primary dormancy induction and evolution of the Lepidium DELAY OF GERMINATION 1 Genes. Plant Physiology161:1903-1917

Kiefer M., Schmickl R., German D., Lysak M., Al-Shehbaz I.A., Franzke A., Mummenhoff K., Stamatakis A., Koch M.A.(2013) BrassiBase: Introduction to a novel knowledge database on Brassicaceae evolution. Plant Cell and Physiology 55(1): e3(1–9).

Mandáková T, Kovarík A, Zozomová-Lihová J, Shimizu-Inatsugi R, Shimizu KK, Mummenhoff K,Marhold K, Lysak MA (2013) The more the merrier: recent hybridization and polyploidy in Cardamine. The Plant Cell25: 3280-95. doi: 10.1105/tpc.113.114405.

Mühlhausen A, Lenser T, *Mummenhoff K,  *Theißen G (2012) Evidence that an evolutionary transition from dehiscent to indehiscent fruits in Lepidium (Brassicaceae) was caused by a change in the control of valve margin identity genes. The Plant Journal 73: 824-835. * contributed equally to this work

Busch A, Horn S, Mühlhausen A, Mummenhoff K, Zachgo S (2012) Corolla monosymmetry, the evolution of a morphological novelty in the Brassicaceae family. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29:1241-54. 

Geeta R, Dávalos LM, Levy A, Bohs Lavin M, Mummenhoff K, Sinha N., Wojciechowski MF (2012) Keeping it simple: Flowering plants tend to retain, and revert to, simple leaves. New Phytologist 193: 481–493.

Franzke A, Lysak MA, Al-Shehbaz IA, Koch MA, Mummenhoff K (2011) Cabbage family affairs: The evolutionary history of Brassicaceae. Trends in Plant Science 16: 108-116.

Mandakova T, Joly S Krzywinski M, Mummenhoff K, Lysak MA (2010) Fast diploidization in close mesopolyploid relatives of Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell 22: 2277–2290.

Couvreur T, Franzke A, Al-Shehbaz IA, Bakker FT, Koch MA,  Mummenhoff K (2010) Molecular phylogenetics, temporal diversification, and principles of evolution in the mustard family (Brassicaceae). Molecular Biology and Evolution27: 55-71.

Keynote Abstract

Evolutionary Studies in Brassicaceae:Molecules and Morphology meet Ecology

Klaus Mummenhoff


Molecularstudies have significantly contributed to our current understanding of the evolution of Brassicaceae and molecular phylogenies are important to address fundamental issues of evolution.The knowledge of phylogenetic relationships within Brassicaceae offers unique opportunities to identify model systems to study important traits, e.g. life form (woodiness), fruit architecture and flower symmetry, seed biology and germination, etc.

In my talk I will focus on selected examples. In particular, the evolution of fruit structure (and seed dispersal) is highly homoplasious in the Brassicaceae, and it is highly desirable to acquire more knowledge about the genetic background. Such studies contribute to the exploration of the developmental-genetic basics of rapid and drastic morphological character change. Furthermore, controlling seed dispersal and inhibiting premature fruit opening remains an important challenge for agricultural crops world-wide.

Current studies concentrate on seed germination/dormancy, which are, in the context of fruit/seed dispersal, early life-history traits of central importance to adaptation. Our interdisciplinary ECO-EVO-DEVO cross-species approach will provide fundamentally novel, comprehensive and increasingly predictive insights into the solutions that species developed in order to match local environmental demands.

Keywords:Brassicaceae, model systems, character evolution, ECO-EVO-DEVOcross-species approach