The scientists of the SMNS Botany Department actively contribute to recent issues of biodiversity research in the fields of biogeography, taxonomy, systematics, phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, and floristics. They apply a combination of modern methods like DNA-analysis and classical like morphology.
The floristic mapping of Baden-Württemberg has along tradition at the Museum. Back in 1977, Siegmund Seybold, then curator at the Botany Department, published a grid mapping of the flora of the Württemberg part of the state. A first completion of the mapping of Baden-Württemberg as a whole was presented between 1990 and 1998 with the edition of “Die Farn- und Blütenpflanzen Baden-Württembergs” (Ferns and Flowering Plants of Baden-Württemberg). Since 2008, a complete new mapping is carried out. The recent distribution maps may be consulted at www.flora.naturkundemuseum-bw.de.