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Dr Loubab Zedane

Research Associate
Dr Loubab Zedane
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 330232


Loubab’s research is strongly focused on the use of next generation sequencing data to answer questions about the biogeography and evolution of plants. during her PhD at the University of Toulouse in France, she worked on the evolutionary history of the Oleaceae and applied genetic methods to reconstruct the first phylogenetic backbone of this plant family leading to novel insights into its diversification and the evolution of highly diverse breeding systems in this group. In 2017, she joined the Department of Plant Sciences, where she is working on the Phylogenomic history of the Eriospermum genus and the evolution of leaf morphology as a putative adaptation for fog-harvesting in this genus. This plant genus demonstrates a remarkable range of unusual leaf morphologies, including reduction of the leaf lamina and the production of unusual leaf enations on the adaxial surface of the leaf (Perry, 1994). These enations have been suggested to be associated with the harvesting of non-precipitating moisture in the form of fog, mist, and dew, but this hypothesis has yet to be rigorously tested.

Key Publications

1- Zedane L, Hong-Wa C, Murienne J, Jeziorski C, Baldwin B, Besnard G. 2016. Museomics illuminate the history of an extinct, paleoendemic plant lineage (Hesperelaea, Oleaceae) known from an 1875 collection from Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 117: 44-57. 

2- Besnard G, Jühling F, Chapuis E, Zedane L, Lhuillier E, Mateille T, Bellafiore S. 2014. Fast assembly of the mitochondrial genome of a plant parasitic nematode (Meloidogyne graminicola) using next generation sequencing. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 337(5), 295-301. 

3- Olofsson J. K, Cantera I, Van de Paer C, Hong-Wa C, Zedane L, Dunning L. T, Alberti A, Christin P.A, Besnard G. (2019) Phylogenomics using low-depth whole genome sequencing: a case study with the olive tribe. Molecular Ecology Resources.

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