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Taxonomic revision of Schizachyrium, Heteropogon, and Diectomis [Poaceae: Panicoideae: Andropogoneae] from India.

Project summary:

Schizachyrium Nees, Heteropogon Pers. and Diectomis Kunth, are the genera of the sub-tribe Andropogoninae, tribe Andropogoneae and subfamily Panicoideae under the family Poaceae represented by 64 and 6 species respectively (Soreng et al. 2017). In India, both of the genera (except Diectomis; a Monotypic genus) are widely distributed and represented by 6 species each, since taxonomical complexity remained persistent, no comprehensive revisionary work has been undertaken in India.

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Landge Shahid Nawaz Khwaja Bhai

Highest degree:

M. Sc. Angiosperm taxonomy & Phytochemistry

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Applicant Status:

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


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St. Xavier's College (Autonomous) Mumbai, India.

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

On the identity of Dactyloctenium scindicum (Poaceae: Chloridoideae: Cynodonteae: Dactylocteniinae) with comments on allied species in India. (Submitted to Brittonia Journal)

A new species of Parahyparrhenia (Poaceae: Andropogoneae) from India. (Submitted to Phytotaxa Journal)

Referee 1:

Dr. Rajendra D. Shinde

Referee 2:

Dr. Rajdeo Singh

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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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