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Myrcia s.l. (Myrtaceae) in Central Amazon rainforest: testing and identifying taxa with morphological and spectral evidences

Grant number: 18/13985-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2018
Effective date (End): June 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany
Principal Investigator:Fiorella Fernanda Mazine Capelo
Grantee:Paulo Henrique Gaem Barbosa
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias para a Sustentabilidade (CCTS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Sorocaba , SP, Brazil


Plant communities in the Amazon rainforest are still poorly known due to insufficient plant material collected and a lot of unidentified material in herbaria. New low-cost and very effective tools are welcome to help solving taxonomic problems associated to these difficulties. Myrcia s.l. (Myrtaceae) is a diverse taxon in the Amazon rainforest, where it is subjected to problems related to group delimitation. Therefore, we aim to test the local delimitation of all 51 species/morphospecies and infrageneric taxa (sections) of Myrcia s.l. occurring in Area of Relevant Ecological Interest Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, Amazonas State, Brazil. Quantitative and qualitative morphology and the near-infrared spectroscopy will be used to test the current circumscription of groups through Cluster Analysis and Linear Discriminant Analysis. This research is innovative in studies of the Brazilian Myrtaceae and it contributes to increase the knowledge about this family in the Amazon, where it is still insufficiently understood.

Scientific publications
(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)
GAEM, PAULO HENRIQUE; FARRONAY, FRANCISCO; MAZINE, FIORELLA FERNANDA; VICENTINI, ALBERTO. Myrcia psammophila (Myrtaceae), a new species from the Amazonian white-sand vegetation. PHYTOTAXA, v. 414, n. 5, p. 253-261, AUG 20 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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