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Investigation for reinstatement of Phoebe reticulata Mez (Lauraceae), a neglected species from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Project summary:

Phoebe reticulata (Lauraceae) is known only from the type and is currently considered a doubtful species. Recent samples of this species could lead to its reinstatement. Field expeditions are necessary to search for the species and to reveal new information regarding this important tree family from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

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Marcelo Leandro Brotto

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Early-career researcher (PhD obtained within last three years)


Flowering plants

Prefeitura Municipal de Curitiba, Museu Botânico Municipal (MBM herbarium)

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Lauraceae are among the three main families of the arboreal component of the forests in Paraná, The Atlantic Rainforest contains the largest number of species (59 spp.), followed by the Araucaria Rainforest (31 spp.), Semideciduous Forest (23 spp.), Savanna (9 spp.), and Grasslands (2 spp.).

Lauraceae is the main family in structural expression and species richness in the Montane Dense Ombrophilous Forest composition within the Lauráceas State Park, both for the stratum of adult trees and in the regrowth. A remarkable aspect was that it even surpassed the Myrtaceae family in number of species, something rarely found in southern and southeastern Brazilian forests.

A new species of Ocotea Aubl. (Lauraceae), Ocotea marumbiensis Brotto & Baitello, occurs in the Atlantic Forest in the states of Parana and Santa Catarina, southern Brazil.

A new species of Ocotea Aubl. (Lauraceae), Ocotea koscinskii Baitello & Brotto, occurs in the Atlantic Forest in the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Referee 1:

Pedro Luís Rodrigues de Moraes

Referee 2:

Jens G. Rohwer

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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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