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Untangling three Kunth's species of Asemeia (Polygalaceae) collected by Humboldt and Bonpland

Project summary:

The present project aims to provide a taxonomic study of three species of Asemeia (Polygalaceae), in order to establish the names in the genus by collecting in their type localities.

Cost: $


Michelle Christine de Almeida mota

Highest degree:

Master of science in Botany

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Mota, M.; Abbott, J.R.; Salas, R.M.; Neubig, K.M.; Pastore, J.F.B. 2019. Three Lonely Argentines: Toward A New Generic Delimitation In Polygalaceae. Taxon 1: 1-15.

Pastore, J.F.B.; Abbott, J.R.; Neubig, K.M.; Van Den Berg, C.; Mota, M..; Cabral, A.; Whitten, W.M. 2019. Phylogeny And Biogeography Of Polygala (Polygalaceae). Taxon 1: 1-19.

Pastore, J.F.B.; Abbott, J.R.; N.K.M.; Whitten, W.M.; Mascarenhas, R.B.; Mota, M.; Van Den Berg, C. 2017. A Molecular Phylogeny And Taxonomic Notes In Caamembeca (Polygalaceae). Systematic Botany 42: 54-62.

Pastore, J.F.B.; Mota, M.; Abbott, J.R.; Mcneill, J. 2018. (2627) Proposal To Conserve The Name Senega Against Senegaria, Anthallogea, Corymbula, Leptrochia, Pylostachya, and Sexilia (Polygalaceae). Taxon 67: 650-651.

Referee 1:

mayara krasisnki caddah

Referee 2:

Jose Floriano Barêa Pastore

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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

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4.  Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools)

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