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Project summary:

The present project is focused on Sonerila (Melastomataceae), a species-rich, taxonomically complex, tropical Old World genus and on the infraspecific and intergeneric relationships of the taxa using molecular approaches. Monophyly of a genus is important for a stable classification system, and here we test this explicitly because it has been shown that several genera in tribe Sonerileae are polyphyletic.

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Highest degree:

M. Phil Botany [ Pursuing Ph. D (2015-2020)]

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Current student


Flowering plants

Department of Botany, University of Calicut, Kerala, India

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Resmi, S. and Santhosh Nampy. 2019. Lectotypification of the names of four species in Sonerila (Melastomataceae). Rheedea 29(4): 331–334.

Resmi, S. and Santhosh Nampy. 2018. Lectotypification of four names in Sonerila (Melastomataceae). Phytotaxa 375(2): 165–170.

Resmi, S. and Santhosh Nampy. 2018. A new species of Sonerila (Melastomataceae: Sonerileae) from southern Western Ghats, India. Phytotaxa 333(2): 235–242.

Resmi, S., V.P. Thomas and V.K. Sreenivas. 2016. Stipe anatomical studies on selected Pteridophytes of South India. Acta Botanica Hungarica. 58(1–2): 167–176.

Referee 1:

Prof. Santhosh Nampy

Referee 2:

Dr. Nico Cellinese

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     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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