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Seed morphology of Neotropical groups in Rutaceae (Galipeeae, Rutoideae) and its implications in the systematic of the group

Project summary:

The project proposal aims to use the morpho-anatomical characters of seeds in neotropical groups (Rutaceae) to find synapomorphies that support clades inferred from new molecular data phylogenies. IAPT grant will be used to fund a trip to the New York Botanical Garden that bears an important collection of Neotropical Rutaceae.

Cost: $


Laura Fernandes Afonso

Highest degree:

Master in Science

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

University of São Paulo (USP)

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Groppo, M., Costa, I. G., Bruniera, C. P., Ferreira, C., Afonso, L., Maeoka, H. M. & Ferreira, P. D. L. (2019). Rock star flowers: Conchocarpus hendrixii (Galipeinae, Rutaceae), a new species from Eastern Brazil with notes on its phylogenetic position in the genus. Phytotaxa, 422(1), 75-92.

Referee 1:

Milton Groppo Júnior

Referee 2:

Jacqueline Ann Kallunki

Scoring Rubric

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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

3.  Quality and significance of questions being addressed

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

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IAPT community building


5.  Student's potential for professional success

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

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Broader Impacts


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

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