Areas and Topics

Area: Systematics and Evolution

Gathering systematic, cytogenetic, phytochemical and ethnobotanical studies of groups of terrestrial plants that are native or occurring in Brazil, for evolutionary, economic or conservation purposes.

Taxonomy and Molecular Phylogeny: includes floristic studies, taxonomic reviews and phylogenetic reconstructions with an emphasis on Brazilian groups of terrestrial plants (Embryophytes) geared towards generating knowledge on plant biodiversity.

Cytogenetics and Cytotaxonomy: concerned with the chromosomal analysis of native and cultivated species, with a focus on both taxonomic as well as purely cytological, seeking to understand the functioning of the chromosome, its molecular structure or its evolution within certain taxa.

Area: Ecology and Conservation

Covers the research topics driven to the ecological and physiological patterns and processes of plants, contributing to the theoretical development of the ecology of plants, their conservation in the face of the transformation of ecosystems and their biotechnological use.

Ecology of Populations and Communities: represents the minimum basis for studies in the organization of biodiversity in ecosystems. It implements studies on the demography of populations and structuring of plant communities, as well as their interactions with fauna (pollination, herbivory, etc.) with both theoretical and practical applications for biodiversity conservation.

Ecophysiology and Anatomy: geared towards evaluating and describing ecophysiological and anatomical characteristics, usually of vegetal species related to the ecosystems present in the Northeast region of Brazil. It also seeks to understand how the interaction of ecophysiology with anatomical characteristics is responsible for the species' tolerance to the various intrinsic environmental factors of the region.

Transversal Topic common to both Areas of Program

Applied Botany and Ethnobotany: interdisciplinary study dealing with the applications of scientific and traditional knowledge on wild and cultivated plants to the sustainable development of human populations.