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Phylogenetic Relationships and Taxonomic Treatment of genera in the clade Maranta (Marantaceae).

Project summary:

This project concerns the eight neotropical genera of clade Maranta, which sum up to 400 names and represent ca. 20% of Marantaceae species. The aim is to deeply understand the morphology of these entities and to comprehend kinship among them, solving the last major gap of knowledge in Marantaceae.

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Fernanda Ribeiro de Mello Fraga

Highest degree:

Master of Science, Botany

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Escola Nacional de Botânica Tropical/Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

F.R.M.Fraga & J.M.A. Braga (2020 in press). Nomenclatural notes and typification of names in Maranta (Marantaceae). Phytotaxa

K.N. Yoshida-Arns, F.R.M. Fraga, T.L. Freire & J.M.A. Braga (2019). Maranta sophiana (Marantaceae), a new species from the Brazilian Amazon. Phytotaxa

F.R.M. Fraga, R.S.Couto & J.M.A. Braga (2019). The threatened Dioscorea galiiflora and the identification of Dioscorea triangularis (Dioscoreaceae): Solving a secular imbroglio. Phytotaxa 391(2):93 • February 2019 (doi: 10.11646/phytotaxa.391.2.1)

F.R.M. Fraga, R.S.Couto & J.M.A. Braga (2019). Dioscorea medusae (Dioscoreaceae), a new species from Espírito Santo, Brazil. Phytotaxa 403(2):131 • May 2019 (doi: 10.11646/phytotaxa.403.2.6)

Referee 1:

João Marcelo Alvarenga Braga

Referee 2:

Ricardo Sousa Couto

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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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