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Phylogeography of the Drosophila sturtevanti (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in areas of the Atlantic Forest

Grant number: 16/11994-5
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2017 - February 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics
Principal researcher:Lilian Madi Ravazzi
Grantee:Lilian Madi Ravazzi
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Adriana Coletto Morales ; Samara Videira Zorzato


Drosophila sturtevanti present a widely geographic distribution and greater abundance in forest biomes within the sturtevanti subgroup and even the saltans group of Drosophila, considered a great organism for phylogeographic studies. Although some molecular studies have already been conducted in populations of D. sturtevanti, no data correlating the geographical and genetic distributions for the species, as well as data to understand the factors responsible for the pattern found. Habitat loss is the main threat to the species that occupy the biome of the Atlantic Forest and conservation in the long term remains to be a challenging task. This project will study the population structure of this species through mitochondrial molecular markers (COI and COII genes) and autosomal nuclear gene Per to check for a biogeographical distribution model for the biome of the Atlantic Forest. This project is linked to a larger project (FAPESP number 2014/14059-0) assessing the biodiversity of this species in Atlantic areas as the morphologic and microsatellite parameters with a view to their application in environmental conservation. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MADI-RAVAZZI, LILIAN; SEGALA, LUIS FERNANDO; ROMAN, BRUNA EMILIA; CHABOLI ALEVI, KAIO CESAR; PREDIGER, CAROLINA; YASSIN, AMIR; HUA-VAN, AURELIE; MILLER, WOLFGANG J. Integrative taxonomy and a new species description in the sturtevanti subgroup of the Drosophila saltans group (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Zootaxa, v. 4980, n. 2, p. 269-292, JUN 1 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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