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Phylogeography and chemical differentiation of New World bays (Litsea spp., Lauraceae)

Project summary:

In America, the genus Litsea comprises eight aromatic species frequently used as condiment and in folk medicine. Due to its intensive extraction, several species are considered to be at risk of extinction. However, the systematics and ecology of this genus has been seldom explores. In this project we employ molecular and chemical markers to perform an in-depth study of the ecology and systematics of the American species of Litsea in order to promote the conservation of this culturally and economically important group.

Cost: $


Alfredo López Caamal

Highest degree:

Ph. D.

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

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


Flowering plants

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

López‐Caamal A., Ferrufino‐Acosta L.F., Díaz‐Maradiaga R.F., Rodríguez‐Delcid D., Mussali‐Galante P., Tovar‐Sánchez E. (2019) Species distribution modelling and cpSSR reveal population history of the Neotropical annual herb Tithonia rotundifolia (Asteraceae). Plant Biology, 21(2), 248-258.

López-Caamal, A., Reyes-Chilpa R., Tovar-Sánchez E. (2018) Hybridization between Tithonia tubaeformis and T. rotundifolia (Asteraceae) evidenced by nSSR and secondary metabolites. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 304(3), 313-326.

López-Caamal A., Cano-Santana Z., Jiménez-Ramírez J., Ramírez-Rodríguez R., Tovar-Sánchez E. (2014) Is the insular endemic Psidium socorrense (Myrtaceae) at risk of extinction through hybridization?. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 300(9), 1959-1972.

Referee 1:

Ricardo Reyes Chilpa

Referee 2:

Zenón Cano Santana

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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

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

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