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Phylogenetic studies in Axonopus P. Beauv. (Poaceae, Panicoideae, Paspaleae): origin, diversification and hypothesized allopolyploidization events

Project summary:

This proposal aims to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the Axonopus P. Beauv., basing on insights from plastid (ndhF) and nuclear (apo1) regions, to (I) detect potential events of reticulate evolution; (II) explore relationships between diploid and polyploid taxa; and (III) estimate the origin and the period of species diversification.

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Carolina Delfini

Highest degree:

PhD in Plant Science

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

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


Flowering plants

Instituto de Botánica Darwinion (IBODA-CONICET)

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Delfini, C.; Santos, C.A.G.; Zuloaga, F.O.; Maciel, J.R.; Valls, J.F.M. & Souza, V.C. Axonopus in Flora do Brasil 2020 under construction. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Continuously updated. Available at: <>.

Delfini, C.; Acosta, J. M.; Souza, V.C. & Zuloaga, F.O. In press. Molecular Phylogeny of Axonopus (Poaceae, Panicoideae, Paspaleae): Monophyly, Synapomorphies, and Taxonomic Implications for Infrageneric Classification and Species Complexes. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Delfini, C.; Souza, V.C. & Zuloaga, F.O. 2019. Notas Nomenclaturales en Paspalum grupo Caespitosa (Poaceae, Panicoideae, Paspaleae). Novon 27: 156–161.

Delfini, C.; Souza, V.C. & Zuloaga, F.O. 2017. Taxonomic revision and nomenclatural update of Paspalum sect. Pectinata (Poaceae, Panicoideae, Paspaleae). Phytotaxa 232(1): 01–26.

Referee 1:

Dr. Fernando Omar Zuloaga

Referee 2:

Dr. Juan Manuel Acosta

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