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Integrative taxonomy and systematics of a species complex in Chromolaena (Asteraceae, Eupatorieae, Praxelinae)

Project summary:

The aim os this study is to investigate the identity, evolution and relationship of the taxa included in the "Chromolaena congesta complex" through morphometric, cytogenetic and phylogenetic analyses. This group of species is distributed through southeastern South America and is common in both dry and highland grasslands, althrough some species are rarer than others. A better understanding of the taxonomy and systematics of these species should help us in further studies with other taxonomically challenging groups in Chromolaena, one of the biggest and most widespread genera in Eupatorieae

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Anderson Luiz Christ

Highest degree:

Master's degree

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Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Christ, A.L.; Ritter, M.R. 2019. A taxonomic study of Praxelinae (Asteraceae-Eupatorieae) in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Phytotaxa, 393(2);141-197.

Christ, A.L.; Ritter, M.R. 2018. Typifications in Chromolaena and Praxelis (Asteraceae: Eupatorieae). Phytotaxa, 362:112-114.

BFG – The Brazil Flora Group; Christ, A.L. 2018. Brazilian Flora 2020: Innovation and collaboration to meet Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). Rodriguésia, 69:1513-1527.

Referee 1:

Mara Rejane Ritter

Referee 2:

Jimi Naoki Nakajim

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     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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