Plant carnivory has evolved independently in different taxonomic plant clades. Our recent results suggest that there are also convergent patterns in microbial associations. We are currently conducting studies that include members of all carnivorous genera (within 13 plant families) to find convergent and derived patterns in microbiota and co-evolution of bacterial genomes dependent on plant taxonomy, trap types and biogeography. We are looking for a motivated student, interested mainly in next-generation sequence data analysis and microbial ecology, to test several hypotheses in the existing data.
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