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Systematics and evolution of the glandular sticky Croton (subsect. Medea) from southern South America

Project summary:

Croton subsect. Medea is a group that stands out due to its diagnostic features and habitat specialization. Currently, 45 species are recognized, several of them are rare and endemic. The subsection is poorly known, principally in Amazonian. The project aims to increase preliminary data, through visits to herbaria and fieldwork.

Cost: $


Amanda da Paixão Noronha Pereira

Highest degree:

Master of Science

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Instituto de Botânica, São Paulo - IBt

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Pereira, A. P. N.; Riina, R.; Caruzo, M. B. R. A new species of Croton section Lamprocroton (Euphorbiaceae) from Southern Brazil. Systematic Botany, v. 42, p. 830-834, 2017.

Pereira, A. P. N.; Riina, R.; Caruzo, M. B. R. Rediscovery and sectional placement of Croton ichthygaster (Euphorbiaceae), a rare species from southern Brazil. Phytotaxa, v. 309, p. 79-84, 2017.

Caruzo, M. B. R.; Pereira, A. P. N.; Cordeiro, I. Croton (Euphorbiaceae) in the State of São Paulo, Brazil: an update. Hoehnea, v. 46, p. 1-7, 2019.

BFG - The Brazil Flora Group ; Pereira, A. P. N. Brazilian Flora 2020: Innovation and collaboration to meet Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). Rodriguesia, v. 69, p. 1513-1527, 2018.

Referee 1:

Dr. Maria Beatriz Rossi Caruzo

Referee 2:

Dr. Ricarda Riina

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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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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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