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Studies from Royal Botanical Gardens Yield New Information about Systematic Botany (Taxonomic novelties in Neotropical Chrysobalanaceae: towards a...

July 22, 2014



Studies from Royal Botanical Gardens Yield New Information about Systematic Botany (Taxonomic novelties in Neotropical Chrysobalanaceae: towards a monophyletic Couepia)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Research findings on Life Science Research are discussed in a new report. According to news originating from Surrey, United Kingdom, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Recent molecular phylogenetic studies in Chrysobalanaceae as well as new analyses presented in this study cast doubt on the monophyly of the three largest genera in the family, Couepia, Hirtella and Licania."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Royal Botanical Gardens, "Couepia, a Neotropical genus, had species appearing in four separate clades, the majority of species sequenced, however, form a highly supported clade, referred to here as core Couepia (including the type species)."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These results lend support to a revised taxonomy of the genus, and to resolve Couepia as monophyletic the following taxonomic changes are here proposed: Couepia recurva should be transferred to Hirtella, C. platycalyx transferred to Licania, C. longipendula and C. dolichopoda transferred to Acioa, and a new genus, Gaulettia, is proposed to accommodate species of the Gaulettia clade and allies."

For more information on this research see: Taxonomic novelties in Neotropical Chrysobalanaceae: towards a monophyletic Couepia. Phytotaxa, 2014;172(3):176-200. Phytotaxa can be contacted at: Magnolia Press, PO Box 41383, Auckland, St Lukes 1030, New Zealand. (Magnolia Press - www.mapress.com/; Phytotaxa - www.mapress.com/phytotaxa)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from C. Sothers, Royal Bot Gardens, Jodrell Lab, Richmond TW9 3DS, Surrey, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include G.T. Prance, S. Buerki, R. De Kok and M.W. Chase (see also Life Science Research).

Keywords for this news article include: Surrey, Europe, United Kingdom, Life Science Research

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