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Taxonomic Revision and Molecular Phylogeny of the Genus Alternanthera Forrsk. (Amaranthaceae) in India

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The project aims at performing the taxonomic revision and phylogenetic analysis of the genus Alternanthera in India. The work on this genus is meager and there is no proper documentation of the taxa in National herbariums. The proposed work will help to document the nomenclature (types and synonyms), morphology, preferential habitat and ecology, origin status, status of naturalization with possible threats to the environment and general chorology of Alternanthera species from India. Further, the phylogenetic analysis would verify the relationship among the studied taxa.

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Highest degree:

M. Phil Botany

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Current student


Flowering plants


Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Arya, Sindhu, Anilkumar Venugopalan Nair Saradhamma, Vishnu Walsan Kalarikkal, and Duilio Iamonico. "Amaranthus rajasekharii (Amaranthaceae), a new species from Kerala (SW-India)." Phytotaxa 433, no. 2 (2020): 153-160.

Arya, Sindu, Venugopalan Nair Saradamma Anil Kumar, Walsan Kalarikkal Vishnu, and Thaliyangal Rajesh Kumar. "Amaranthus saradhiana (Amaranthaceae)—a new species from southern Western Ghats of Kerala, India." Phytotaxa 403, no. 3 (2019): 230-238.

Arya S, Rajesh Kumar T, Santhosh Kumar R, Comparative Studies On Morphology and Anatomy of Selected Species of the Genus Amaranthus L. In Kerala, Indian Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol-6, No-2, Pages: 99 – 105, June 2017

Arya S and T. Rajesh Kumar, Novel traits for identifying Amaranthus spinosus using systematic and biochemical studies. International Journal of Advanced Research, Vol-5, No-1, Pages: 1579 – 1584, 2017

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     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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