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Belowground organs of Brazilian species of Aldama la Llave (Asteraceae): a new perspective

Grant number: 14/09401-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 25, 2014
Effective date (End): December 24, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Beatriz Appezzato da Glória
Grantee:Arinawa Liz del Prado Filartiga
Supervisor: Jitka Klimešová
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Research place: Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Czech Republic  
Associated to the scholarship:12/02476-0 - Morpho-anatomical and essential oil analysis of four species of Aldama la Llave (Asteraceae: Heliantheae), BP.DR


Several species from Brazilian subtropical grassland (Campo) and Brazilian savanna (Cerrado) are endemic and have thickened belowground organs with dormant meristems (buds). The plant bud bank allows vegetative regeneration and survival under unfavorable environment conditions and disturbance. In Cerrado and Campo burning events are frequent and the capacity to resprout is an important adaptation. Many herbs and shrubs of Aldama genera have specialized underground system and occur in these ecosystems. In plants from Central-Europe that have similar underground systems and can develop new sprout are grouped in the CLO-PLA3 database that is an interesting tool for studies about regeneration of vegetation after disturbance, population dynamics and risk assessment in endangered species. Considering that Aldama species have important biological and pharmacological potential and Brazilian subtropical grassland and savanna is rapidly devastated, the knowledge about biodiversity is one of the steps to start appropriate conservation managements. The overall goal of this proposal is to create a database similar to CLO-PLA3 for Aldama species to facilitate and to help futures studies. (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)
FILARTIGA, ARINAWA LIZ; KLIMESOVA, JITKA; APPEZZATO-DA-GLORIA, BEATRIZ. Underground organs of Brazilian Asteraceae: testing the CLO-PLA database traits. FOLIA GEOBOTANICA, v. 52, n. 3-4, SI, p. 367-385, . (14/09401-0, 10/51454-3)

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