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Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the genus Comolia DC. (Melastomataceae, Marcetieae)

Project summary:

The Comolia genus has 11 species distributed across the Neotropic savannahs and sandbanks. From molecular analysis with materials collected in the field and from herbaria, combined with morphometric studies, we intend to understand the systematic relations of Comolia, expanding the phylogeny of the genus and clarifying a complex of species.

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Diego Nunes da Silva

Highest degree:

Bachelor's degree in Biology

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):

Fritzschia atropurpurea (Melastomataceae, Marcetieae): A New Species from the Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Systematic Botany 44(4): 844–850.

Silva & al. (2019) First record of Fritzschia Cham. (Melastomataceae, Marcetieae) in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Check List 15(5): 753–758.

BFG – The Brazil Flora Group (2018) Brazilian Flora 2020: Innovation and collaboration to meet Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). Rodriguésia 69(4): 1513–1527.

Silva & al. (2018) Chaetostoma hexapetalum (Microlicieae, Melastomataceae): A New Species from the Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás, Brazil. Systematic Botany 43(4): 986–992.

Referee 1:

Paulo José Fernandes Guimarães

Referee 2:

Fabián Armando Michelangeli

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1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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

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