Key Land Plant Innovations in Bryophytes

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© Silvia Pressel

EVENING LECTURE 18:00–19:00 Thursday 16 April 2020

Bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) occupy a key evolutionary position, being widely regarded as the closest extant relatives of the first land plants. However their order of divergence and whether or not they constitute a monophyletic group have been hotly debated for over half a century. The latest molecular evidence now provides support for a mosses-liverworts clade, with the position of hornworts remaining uncertain and monophyly gaining renewed support. I will discuss how current hypotheses on the origin and evolution of key land plant innovations fit into these emerging evolutionary scenarios focusing on bryophyte mycorrhizal-like associations and the stomatal apparatus.

Dr Silvia Pressel FLS is a Researcher in the Life Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, London working on diverse aspects of bryophyte biology and evolution. Current research foci in her laboratory include the evolution and diversity of mycorrhizal associations in land plants, stomata development and function in bryophytes, and bryophyte biogeography and conservation on South Atlantic Oceanic Islands. She was the recipient of the Irene Manton Prize in 2007 and of the Trail Crisp Medal in 2014.

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