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Biodiversity of Vasconcellea in northern Peru: studying and conserving wild flora through genomic DNA methods

Project summary:

The remaining genus is Vasconcellea that is the largest genus in the family Caricaceae, encompassing twenty species distributed from Ecuador and Peru. This diversity is currently unknown and is not studied in detail. Under this scenario, we seek to explore the appropriate taxonomy of this diversity of mountain papayas for its preservation, using genomic sequencing techniques. Materials will be characterized morphologically according to Badillo and confirmed with genomic DNA analysis.

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Highest degree:

Agricultural Engineer

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Applicant Status:

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


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National University Toribio Rodriguez de Mendoza

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Analysis of the complete organellar genomes of the economically valuable kelp Lessonia spicata (Lessoniaceae, Phaeophyceae) from Chile

The complete mitochondrial genome of the national bird of Peru: Rupicola peruvianus (Aves, Passeriformes, Cotingidae)



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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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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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