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Systematics and evolution of Scleria sect. Hymenolytrum (Cyperaceae) – molecular and morphological data to understand the sharp sedges

Project summary:

The goal of this proposal is to investigate the phylogenetic relationships and species delimitation in the Scleria sect. Hymenolytrum (Cyperaceae) clade, using molecular and morphological data. A taxonomic investigation will also be conducted in order to understand the biodiversity and provide the first complete revision of this group.

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Layla Jamylle Costa Schneider

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Flowering plants

Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG) and Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia (UFRA)

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

SCHNEIDER, L.J.C.; NUNES, C.S.; VIANA, P.L.; Gil, A.S.B. Rhynchospora unguinux (Cyperaceae), a new species of Rhynchospora sect. Pauciflorae from the Serra dos Carajás, Pará, Brazil. KEW BULLETIN (ONLINE), v. 74, p. 60, 2019.

SCHNEIDER, L.J.C.; GIL, A.S.B. Diversity of Scleria P.J.Bergius (Cyperaceae) in Amazonian restinga in Pará State, Brazil. Rodriguésia, 2019. (Accepted).

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

SCHNEIDER, L.J.C.; BASTOS, M.N.C.; COSTA NETO, S.V.; GIL, A.S.B. Sinopse do gênero Rhynchospora (Cyperaceae) nas restingas do estado do Pará, Brasil. Rodriguésia, v. 68, p. 653-670, 2017.

Referee 1:

André Gil

Referee 2:

Pedro Viana

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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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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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