The Botany Section

»Botany« comprises the study of plants. The term is derived from ancient greek botáne, ›plant, vegetation‹. Botanical research deals with form and function of the plant body, biochemistry and genetics, ecology of plant species and plant communities, and their conservation.

Besides vascular plants, bryophytes, and algae, botany traditionally also included (and includes) further taxomonic groups. These groups, i.e. fungi and lichens (= lichenised fungi), are regarded as a separate kingdom, and indeed they are more closely related to animals than to plants. Due to tradition, however, mycology (the study of fungi) is still seen as a part of botany.

The following tasks are part of the work performed by the Botany section:

  • Collecting, identifying and describing plants and fungi; preserving the collections.

  • Research on the distribution of plants and fungi and their environmental requirements

  • Research on ecology and nature conservation

  • Research on the taxonomy of plant pathogen fungi in the Northern hemisphere

  • Scientifically and technically curating the collections

  • Preparing collection data and entering it in data bases for research and the general public

  • Providing consulting services to the public and other institutions on flora, vegetation, plants and fungi

The geographical focus of our work traditionally lies on southwest Germany.

Two scientists, two technical assistants, one trainee and many volunteers work on the various tasks. Whenever possible, additional staff are employed through externally funded projects.


Interested in research cooperations? Searching for thesis topics? Feel free to contact us!