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Phylogeny of Schinus l. (Anacardiaceae)

Grant number: 14/18490-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 05, 2015
Effective date (End): May 04, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany - Plant Taxonomy
Principal Investigator:José Rubens Pirani
Grantee:Cíntia Luíza da Silva Luz
Supervisor: Gregory M. Plunkett
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:13/04345-2 - Systematic and biogeography of Schinus L. (Anacardiaceae), BP.DR


Schinus comprises approximately 33 species that are mostly restricted to southern South America. The Schinus species are distributed in two subgenera characterized by a character combination not always consistent, and species delimitation of Schinus subg. Duvaua sect. Euduvaua taxa remains controversial. The most recent taxonomic revision was published in 1957, however it is evident that there are still species delimitation issues requiring new taxonomic studies. Phylogenetic systematic studies on Anacardiaceae are still scarce for the Neotropical and Austral South American region. In this way a phylogenetic study of Schinus using morphological and molecular data can help to clarify and provide insights into understanding the taxonomic and phylogenetic relationship among Schinus species. This project aims to reconstruct a phylogeny of Schinus based on morphological and molecular characters, which later will be used to propose an infrageneric classification based on phylogenetic, taxonomic and morphological studies. In addition, a Schinus phylogenetic study will also enable robust biogeographic analysis. A total of 47 Schinus taxa will be sampled and species of five genera closely related to Schinus will be used as the outgroup. Schinus phylogeny will be estimated using maximum parsimony and Bayesian inference analysis of nuclear and chloroplast sequences. The resulting manuscript on Schinus phylogeny will be a chapter of the Ph.D. thesis entitled "Systematic and biogeography of Schinus L. (Anacardiaceae)." (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)
DA SILVA-LUZ, CINTIA LUIZA; PIRANI, JOSE RUBENS; MITCHELL, JOHN DANIEL; DALY, DOUGLAS; CAPELLI, NATALIE DO VALLE; DEMARCO, DIEGO; PELL, SUSAN K.; PLUNKETT, GREGORY M.. Phylogeny of Schinus L. (Anacardiaceae) with a new infrageneric classification and insights into evolution of spinescence and floral traits. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 133, p. 302-351, . (14/18002-2, 13/04345-2, 14/18490-7)
DA SILVA LUZ, CINTIA LUIZA; MITCHELL, JOHN DANIEL; DALY, DOUGLAS C.; BITENCOURT, CAMILA; OLIVEIRA PIERRE, PATRICIA MARIA; PELL, SUSAN K.; PIRANI, JOSE RUBENS. Hidden Species of Anacardiaceae in the Andean Cloud Forests: A Revision of Schinus section Myrtifolia. SYSTEMATIC BOTANY, v. 47, n. 4, p. 34-pg., . (13/04345-2, 14/18490-7, 14/18002-2)

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