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Andrew N. Drinnan
Andrew N. Drinnan
School of Botany
University of Melbourne

Research Interests:

Floral development and relationships among basal "non-magnoliid" dicotyledons: Flower and inflorescence formation in the 'primitive' members of the largest and most diverse group of flowering plants has implications for elucidating currently obscure evolutionary relationships and the nature and evolution of the angiosperm flower. Current research is focusing on Nothofagus (southern beech) and the families Buxaceae (ARC and DITAC funding) and Winteraceae.

Floral development and evolution in Myrtaceae: Investigation of floral ontogeny in this important southern plant family will determine the developmental bases for the wide structural diversity of flowers, and their implications as characters for systematic and evolutionary hypotheses of the family (ARC funding).