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Diversity of Gymnocalycium monvillei (Lem.) Britton & Rose (Cactaceae) along its altitudinal range

Project summary:

Gymnocalycium monvillei inhabits rocky outcrops from 880 to 2200 m a.s.l. The specie is an ideal model to study genetic diversity patterns in mountain, and the possible processes involved in the diversification and speciation of the specie. Taxonomy is a very important science and a tool that helps botany to sort species. In the case of G. monvillei, a species with different degrees of ploidy, would be very interesting to know how they are distributed, to understand if the species is suffering from speciation and from there it would be important to review gender systematic.

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Karen Bauk

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Current student


Flowering plants

IMBIV (Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal)

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Bauk K, Pérez-Sánchez R, Zeballos SR, Las Peñas ML, Flores J, and Gurvich DE. 2015. Are seed mass and seedling size and shape related to altitude? Evidence in Gymnocalycium monvillei (Lem.) Britton & Rose (Cactaceae).Botany,0,0,10.1139/cjb-2015-0026.

Contreras-Quiroz M, Pando-Moreno M, Jurado E, Flores J, Bauk K, and Gurvich DE. 2016. Is seed hydration memory dependent on climate? Testing this hypothesis with Mexican and Argentine cacti species. Journal of Arid Environments, 130 (2016) 94-97. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2016.03.001.

Bauk K, Flores J, Ferrero C, Pérez-Sánchez R, Las Peñas ML, and Gurvich DE. 2017Germination characteristics of Gymnocalycium monvillei (Cactaceae) along its entire altitudinal range. Botany, 10.1139/cjb-2016-0154.

Martino PA, Bauk K, Ferrero MC, Gurvich DE, Las Peñas MA. 2018. Ecological significance of determinate primary root growth: inter- and intraspecific differences in two species of Gymnocalycium (Cactaceae) along elevation gradients. Flora. DOI: 10.1016/j.flora.2018.09.001

Referee 1:

Las Peñas, María Laura

Referee 2:

Franco Chiarini

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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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