Prof. Dr José Rubens Pirani


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José Rubens PIRANI

Systematics of neotropical eudicots; floristics and biogeography of central and southearstern Brazil.

Full Professor
In the "Departamento de Botânica" since 1984.

My research interests center on the neotropical flora (flowering plants), from the general biogeographical and ecological aspects to the biological, morphological and taxonomic studies at species level. The main projects of my team concentrate on the flora, phytophysiognomy and structure of the communities from the montains of Central Brazil (mainly the Espinhaço Range, in Bahia and Minas Gerais), part of the these carried out in collaboration with colleagues of the Department of Ecology (USP), of the Instituto de Botânica de São Paulo and of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Our strategy to reach the main goal of understanding the biogeographical history of these mountains is to accomplish detailed floristic inventories in several small "serras", some of them already well known and with checklists published (Serra do Cipó, Serra do Ambrósio and Grão-Mogol in Minas Gerais, and Pico das Almas and Catolés in Bahia), others are still under field investigation. As a specialist on the families Rutaceae and Simaroubaceae, and interested also in others of the order Sapindales, I am currently working on the systematics and phylogeny of neotropical genera of these families, and collaborating on several floristic projects in Brazil.
Selected Publications

Pirani, J.R., Giulietti, A.M., Mello-Silva, R. & Meguro, M. 1994. Checklist and patterns of geographic distribution of the vegetation of Serra do Ambrósio, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Botânica 17(2): 133-147.

Kallunki, J.A. & Pirani. J.R. 1998. Synopses of Angostura Roem. & Schult. and Conchocarpus J.C. Mikan (Rutaceae). Kew Bulletin 53(2): 257-334.

Pirani, J.R. 1998. A revision of Helietta and Balfourodendron (Pteleinae, Rutaceae). Brittonia 50: 348-380.

Pirani, J.R., Mello-Silva, R. & Giulietti, A.M. 2003. Flora de Grão-Mogol, Minas Gerais. Boletim de Botânica da Universidade de São Paulo 21(1): 1-24.

Pirani, J.R. 2004. Three new species of Galipea (Rutaceae, Galipeinae) from Brazil. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 144: 365-373.

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