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Ecological and genetic processes that affect Copaifera langsdorffii remnant populations in the Atlantic Forest

Grant number: 13/50119-4
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: May 01, 2013 - September 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Convênio/Acordo: University of Florida
Principal Investigator:Karina Martins
Grantee:Karina Martins
Principal researcher abroad: Salvador Alejandro Gezan
Institution abroad: University of Florida, Gainesville (UF), United States
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Humanas e Biológicas (CCHB). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Sorocaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/01274-4 - Genetic conectivity of the tree Copaifera langsdorffii Desf. in small forest fragments in Sorocaba - SP, Brazil, AP.R


We propose a scientific exchange of forest-based researchers between the Federal University of São Paulo (UFSCAR) and the University of Florida (UF). Exchange activities proposed are related to the ongoing FAPESP Project entitled “Genetic connectivity of the tree Copaifera langsdorffii Desf. in small forest fragments in Sorocaba-SP, Brasil”. This ongoing Project seeks to understand the ecological and genetic processes that affect remnant population ecology in Atlantic Forests fragments. This exchange will improve our understanding of population ecology in Brazilian forests and improve the quality of the specific proposed research and publications. Specific research gains include: i) Improvements in the statistical and molecular analyses of ecological data; ii) Promotion of joint discussion of research based on ecological and genetic data for natural ecosystems; iii) Additional studies on seed dispersal English and seed predation; and iv) Generation and improvements on the writing of scientific papers in English. This Project will also generate teaching gains. An initial field day at UFSCAR will provide a training opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students. During a second visit to UFSCAR a workshop will be conducted mainly focused on providing ecological, molecular and statistical tools that were utilized during the development of the Project. Finally, we will also deliver seminars at UFSCAR and UF to disseminate fingings of the proposed research to university audiences. (AU)

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(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)
MARTINS, KARINA; KIMURA, RENATO KENJI; FRANCISCONI, ANA FLAVIA; GEZAN, SALVADOR; KAINER, KAREN; CHRISTIANINI, ALEXANDER V.. The role of very small fragments in conserving genetic diversity of a common tree in a hyper fragmented Brazilian Atlantic forest landscape. CONSERVATION GENETICS, v. 17, n. 3, p. 509-520, . (13/50119-4, 12/20363-8, 12/01274-4)

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