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Phylogeny and biogeography of the Barbacenia inselbergs clade (Velloziaceae)

Grant number: 18/24297-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): February 28, 2019
Effective date (End): August 27, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany
Principal researcher:Renato de Mello-Silva
Grantee:Andressa Cabral
Supervisor abroad: Federico Luebert
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universität Bonn, Germany  
Associated to the scholarship:17/09447-9 - Phylogeny and biogeography of the Barbacenia inselbergs clade (Velloziaceae), BP.MS


Velloziaceae comprises five genera and approx. 250 species, mostly amphiatlantic. The majority of species is Neotropical, and in Brazil, the family is represented by Barbacenia and Vellozia, comprising 213 species. In recent phylogenetic reconstructions using Bayesian and Parsimony inferences, Barbacenia formed two basal clades. One of them, the Barbacenia inselbergs clade, comprises only endemic species from Brazilian inselbergs s.l., such as Barbacenia fanniae, B. gounelleana, B. irwiniana, B. mantiqueirae, B. purpurea, and B. spectabilis. Its sister clade includes the other 44 species of Barbacenia analyzed, all from the Campo Rupestre Archipelago, in central/south-eastern Brazil. Given this scenario, this internship aims to obtain data in order to understand the biogeographic history of the Barbacenia inselbergs clade. For these studies we propose: (i) to use phylogenetic inferences based on molecular and morphological data of Barbacenia inselbergs clade plus external group consisting of Barbacenia species from Campos Rupestres, and species of Vellozia, Barbaceniopsis, Xerophyta, Acantoclamys, Cyclanthaceae, and Pandanaceae, to obtain a robust time-tree for these terminals; (ii) to gather geo-referenced locality datasets and elaborate distribution maps for the species; (iii) to perform analysis of reconstruction of the ancestral area. This proposal will be developed during a BEPE at the Nees-Institut für Biodiversität der Pflanzen, Universität Bonn, Germany, which houses an important research group of studies on plant systematics and evolution, taxonomy, biogeography and conservation. (AU)

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CABRAL, ANDRESSA; LUEBERT, FEDERICO; MELLO-SILVA, RENATO. Evidence for Middle Miocene origin and morphological evolutionary stasis in a Barbacenia Inselberg clade (Velloziaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 161, AUG 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
CABRAL, ANDRESSA; MAGRI, RENATO ALBUQUERQUE; LOPES, JENIFER DE CARVALHO. Vellozia inselbergae (Velloziaceae), a new species from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest inselbergs dagger. PHYTOTAXA, v. 497, n. 2, p. 138-146, APR 20 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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