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Population genomics in Pilocarpus spp. (Rutaceae)

Grant number: 16/10308-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2016
Effective date (End): November 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany - Plant Taxonomy
Principal researcher:Pedro Dias de Oliveira
Grantee:Jucelene Fernandes Rodrigues
Home Institution: Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades (EACH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/18002-2 - Sapindales: phylogeny and diversification in the Neotropical Region, AP.TEM


The genus Pilocarpus Vahl has 17 species and its distribution is restricted to the Neotropics. Economically, it is noteworthy by being the only natural source of the alkaloid pilocarpine, which is the key element commercialised by the pharmaceutical industry for glaucoma treatment. This project will focus on the four closely related, commercially exploited, and pilocarpine-producingspecies: P. alatus, P. jaborandi, P. microphyllus and P. trachylophus. This project will use Illumina and Oxford Nanopore sequencing technologies, and the RAD-seq technique as well. (AU)

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