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Integrative taxonomic analysis of Cuban species of Magnolia subsect. Talauma (Magnoliaceae)

Project summary:

The use of traditional taxonomy seems to not be enough to separate the species of the subsection Talauma in Cuba. That is why we are planning to delimitate the three species of the group integrating morphology, ecological niche, population genetics and phylogeny.

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Ernesto Testé Lozano

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National Botanic Garden-University of Havana

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Testé, E., Gordillo, M., Palmarola, A., Hernández, M. & González-Torres, L.R. 2019. Estructura poblacional de Magnolia cubensis subsp. cubensis (Magnoliaceae) en el Paisaje Natural Protegido “Gran Piedra”. Revista del Jardín Botánico Nacional - Universidad de La Habana, 40: 19-21.

Veltjen, E., Asselman, P., Hernández-Rodríguez, M., Palmarola, A., Testé, E., González-Torres, L.R., Goetghebeur, P., Larridon, I. & Samain, M.S. 2018. Genetic patterns in Neotropical Magnolias (Magnoliaceae) using de novo developed microsatellite markers. Heredity,

Hernández, M., Palmarola, A., Veltjen, E., Asselman, P., Testé, E., Larridon, I., Samain, M.S., González-Torres, L.R. Population structure and genetic diversity of Magnolia cubensis subsp. acunae (Magnoliaceae): effects of habitat fragmentation and implications for conservation.

Veltjen, E., Testé, E. Palmarola, A., Asselman, P., Hernández-Rodríguez, M., González-Torres, L.R., Chatrou, L.W., Goetghebeur, P., Larridon, I., Samain, M.S. Submission no: MPE_2019_693. Submission title: The evolutionary history of the Caribbean Magnolias (Magnoliaceae): testing species delimitations and biogeographical hypotheses using molecular data.

Referee 1:

Dra. Sophie Nadot

Referee 2:

Dra. Rosa Rankin

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     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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