Red clover

Red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) under different land use scenarios

Red clover changes its growth habit through mowing or browsing. We are investigating the signals of growth form change and whether they can also serve as a population genetic signal under different land use scenarios at the different biodiversity exploratory sites ( This could serve to address combined efforts for population genetic, evolutionary genetic and ecological questions on non-model plants. For this purpose, we are combining transcriptome, mRNA-ddRadSeq and morphological analyses with AG Becker and AG Wissemann at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, funded by the DFG.

Image: B. Gemeinholzer
Plant collection in liquid nitrogen at the Exploratorium Schorfheide-Chorin.
Image: B. Gemeinholzer
Trifolium pratense L. (Red clover): growth habit change after mowing.


Gross T, Müller CM, Becker A, Gemeinholzer B, Wissemann V (2021): Common garden versus common practice – Phenotypic changes in Trifolium pratense L. in response to repeated mowing. Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality 94:1-6,