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ACCELERATING TAXONOMIC RESEARCH ON INDIAN BEGONIA

Project summary:

The genus Begonia L. is renowned for its taxonomic and nomenclatural complexities. A comprehensive taxonomy account and studies on phylogenetic relationships of Indian Begonia are still wanting. The present work is an attempt to solve the taxonomic controversies of the genus in India and the documentation of its diversity and endemism. The proposed work will be the first attempt to study the molecular phylogeny of the genus Begonia in India.

Cost: $

2000

NIKHIL KRISHNA

Highest degree:

M. Sc. Botany

Year obtained:

2014

Applicant Status:

Current student

India

Flowering plants

Department of Botany, University of Calicut, Kerala, India

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

A new section (Begonia sect. Flocciferae sect. nov.) and two new species in Begoniaceae from the Western Ghats of India (Edinburgh Journal of Botany 2019)

Begonia oyunii (Begonia sect. Monophyllon, Begoniaceae), a remarkable new species from Northeast India (Accepted for publication in Gardens Bulletin)

Referee 1:

Dr. A. K. Pradeep

Referee 2:

Dr. Mark Hughes

Scoring Rubric

Your name:

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)

This proposal scores:

/60

IAPT community building

 

5.  Student's potential for professional success

6.  Perceived need; extent to which the project will benefit from IAPT funding

This proposal scores:

/20

Broader Impacts

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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

This proposal scores:

/20

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