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Biogeography, genetic diversity and evolution of the Australasian alpine Podocarpus species

Project summary:

Podocarpus lawrencei is an alpine conifer species and has close morpho-anatomical and genetic affinities with other species clade (P. lawrencei, P. nivalis, P. totara, P. gnidioides, P. laetus and P. acutifolius). This study will investigate the genetic structure and diversification this clade using Hybrid Capture-Based Next Generation Sequencing.

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Raees Khan

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University of Adelaide

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Khan, R., Abidin, S. Z. U., Ahmad, M., Zafar, M., Liu, J., Jamshed, S., & Kiliç, Ö. (2019). Taxonomic importance of SEM and LM foliar epidermal micro-morphology: A tool for robust identification of gymnosperms. Flora, 255, 42-68.

Khan, R., Ul, S. A., Ahmad, M., Zafar, M., Liu, J., & Amina, H. (2018). Palyno-morphological characteristics of gymnosperm flora of Pakistan and its taxonomic implications with LM and SEM methods. Microscopy research and technique, (81), 74–87.

Abidin, S. Z. U., Parveen, A., Khan, R., Ahmad, M., Khan, I. A., & Ali, Z. (2018). Chemical constituents from Ferula oopoda (Boiss. & Buhse) Boiss. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 78, 49-51.

Khan, R., Abidin, S. Z. U., Mumtaz, A. S., Altinordu, F., & Sennikov, A. (2017). Lectotypification of the Linnaean name Lobelia coronopifolia (Campanulaceae). Phytotaxa, 331(1), 144-146.

Referee 1:

Prof. Robert S. Hill

Referee 2:

Dr. Kathryn Hill

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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

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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