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Project summary:

Systematics studies of the pteridophytes will be conducted by field surveys and conservation information of each taxa. Comprehensive field visits will be arranged followed by specimen’s preparation and systematic laboratory works. Authentic floras will identify plants. Species diversity of the area will be determined. Conservation studies and various threats in the area will be determined. Taxa of conservation priorities will be sorted out. Reference material will be obtained by submitting the specimens in the herbarium.

Cost: $


Dr. Alia Gul

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Early-career researcher (PhD obtained within last three years)


Ferns and fern allies


Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

4. Gul A., Jan Alam, Abdul Majid, Habib Ahmad and M. Qaiser. 2017. Diversity and distribution patterns in the pteridophyte flora of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. Pak. J. Bot., 49(4): 1387-1394.(

5. Gul, A., J.Alam, H.Ahmad and M.Irfan 2016. An updated Checklist of Pteridophytes of district Mansehra, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa-Pakistan. Plant Science Today. 3 (2): 237-247.

6. Gul, A., J.Alam, H.Ahmad, G.M.Shah, M.Hussain,Y.Dogan and Khalil-ulirahman 2016. Traditional, medicinal and food uses of pteridophytes of district Mansehra (Pakistan) and some adjacent areas. International Journal of Biosciences. 9(5): 116-133.

7. Awan R. M, Z. Iqbal, S. M. Shah, Z. Jamal, G. Jan1, M. Afzal, A. Majid and Alia Gul. Traditional and medicinal uses of medicinal plants of Kaghan Valley.Journal of Medicinal Plants Vol. 5(16), pp. 3958-3967, 18 August, 2011).

Referee 1:

Atshushi Ebihara

Referee 2:

Niaz Ali

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Scientific merit


1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

2.  Contribution to the generation of novel systematic data

3.  Quality and significance of questions being addressed

4.  Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools)

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IAPT community building


5.  Student's potential for professional success

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Broader Impacts


7.  The research will yield durable benefits (revisions, databases, websites)

8.  Potential of the proposed project to generate an impactful publication

9.  The proposed research involves outreach/mentoring and broad dissemination

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