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Collection of Mexican members of the Galphimia clade: unravelling the diversity and evolution of floral glands in the clade.

Project summary:

The large oil-secreting glands of the Neotropical Malpighiaceae may be absent or occur in smaller size or lower number in Galphimia clade, similar to many Paleotropical lineages. We here request the IAPT support for collect Galphimia in its centre of diversity in Mexico, in order to unravel the morphology, anatomy and evolution of floral glands in this key clade of the family.

Cost: $


Miller Melo Sanches

Highest degree:

Master degree

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

1) Sanches, MM. 2019. Floral secretory structures in Lophopterys floribunda W.R.Anderson & C.C.Davis (Malpighiaceae): insights,diversity, taxonomical significance and ecological role 32p. MsC Dissertation - Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, MG.

2) Almeida RF, Guesdon IR, Pace MR, Meira, Meira, RMSA. 2019. Taxonomic revision of Mcvaughia W.R.Anderson (Malpighiaceae): notes on vegetative and reproductive anatomy and the description of a new species. PhytoKeys 117: 45-72.

3) Guesdon IR, Amorim AMA, Meira, RMSA. 2019.Functional role and evolutionary contributions of floral gland morphoanatomy in the Paleotropical genus Acridocarpus (Malpighiaceae). PLoS One 14.

4) Guesdon IR, Amorim AMA, Meira, RMSA. 2018. The hydrochorous Amazonian genus Glandonia (Malpighiaceae): new records, morphoanatomy updates and taxonomic contributions. Phytotaxa.345: 13-25.

Referee 1:

Dr. Renata Maria Strozi Alves Meira

Referee 2:

Dr. Marcelo Rodrigo Pace

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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

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

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