Magnolia ovata and Cyclocephala literata
Magnolia ovata and Cyclocephala literata

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gottsberger

Research Interests

  • Biology and ecology of slime moulds (Myxomycetes)
  • Floral biology and reproduction of flowering plants, with emphasis on basal angiosperms
  • Morphological and functional co-adaptations of flowers and beetles in the families Annonaceae, Magnoliaceae, Araceae, Cyclanthaceae and Arecaceae
  • Thermogenesis and scent compounds of beetle-pollinated flowers
  • Mechanisms and adaptations in generalist and specialist pollination
  • Seed dispersal
  • Structure and function of tropical ecosystems

Selected publications

Gottsberger, G. 1978. Seed dispersal by fish in the inundated regions of Humaitá,  Amazonia. - Biotropica 10: 170-183. 

Maimoni-Rodella, R.C.S., Gottsberger, G.1980. Myxomycetes from the forest and the cerrado vegetation in Botucatu, Brazil. A comparative ecological study. - Nova Hedwigia 34: 207-246.

Gottsberger, G. 1988. The reproductive biology of primitive angiosperms. - Taxon 37: 630-643.

Gottsberger, G., Arnold, T., Linskens, H.F. 1990. Variation in floral nectar amino acids with aging of flowers, pollen contamination and flower damage. - In: Dafni, A., Eisikowitch, D. (eds.), Advances in Pollination Ecology. - Special Issue, Israel J. Bot. 39: 167-176.

Gottsberger, G., Freiberg, E., Lücking, A., Freiberg, M., Lücking, R., Döring, J. 1995.

          Baumkronen tropischer Wälder - Interdisziplinäre Ansätze zum Verständnis der

          Diversität und Funktion eines wenig erforschten Lebensraumes. - Ulmensien,

          Schriftreihe der Universität Ulm 10: 51-96.

Gottsberger, G., Silberbauer-Gottsberger I. 2006. Life in the Cerrado: a South American

Tropical Seasonal Ecosystem. Vol. I. Origin, Structure, Dynamics and Plant Use. - Reta, Ulm, 277 pages.

Gottsberger, G., Silberbauer-Gottsberger I. 2006. Life in the Cerrado: a South American

Tropical Seasonal Ecosystem. Vol. II. Pollination and Seed Dispersal. - Reta, Ulm, 383 pages.

Gottsberger, G., Silberbauer-Gottsberger, I., Seymour, R.S., Dötterl, S. 2012. Pollination

ecology of Magnolia ovata may explain the overall large flower size of the genus. -

Flora 207: 107-118.

Gottsberger, G. 2012. How diverse are Annonaceae with regard to pollination? - In: Chatrou, L.W., Erkens, H.J., Richardson, J.E., Saunders, R.M.K., Fay, M.F. (eds.), The Natural History of Annonaceae. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 169 (Number 1): 245-261.

Gottsberger, G., Silberbauer-Gottsberger, I., Dötterl, S. 2013. Pollination and floral scent

differentiation in species of the Philodendron bipinnatifidum complex (Araceae). - Plant Syst. Evol. 299: 793-809.



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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gottsberger

Botanischer Garten und Herbarium

Universität Ulm


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