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Systematic revision of the genus Indigofera L. in the Greater Cape Floristic Region

Project summary:

The genus Indigofera within the GCFR comprises of over 100 species, of which, approximately 30 are undescribed. The primary aim of this study is to revise the genus Indigofera within the GCFR, including the description of all new species, produce a comprehensive molecular phylogeny and answer some evolutionary questions.

Cost: $


Brian du Preez

Highest degree:

M.Sc. Botany

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student

South Africa

Flowering plants

University of Cape Town

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

du Preez et al., 2017. Plastid capture and resultant fitness costs of hybridization in the Hirta clade of southern African Oxalis (Online:

du Preez, B. & Stirton, C.H. Two new species of Aspalathus (Fabaceae, Faboideae) and notes on two rediscovered species from the Western Cape Province, South Africa (In preparation for submission to Bothalia: ABC Journal)

du Preez et al. The genus Polhillia (Genisteae: Fabaceae): A Monograph (Submitted for publication in SAJB)

du Preez, B. & Stirton, C.H. Aspalathus gibbodorsalis: A new tree-like species of Aspalathus (Fabaceae, Faboideae) from the Western Cape Province, South Africa (Submitted for publication in Phytotaxa)

Referee 1:

Prof. A.M. Muasya

Referee 2:

Prof. C.L. Moloney

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

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