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at the Herbarium Jany Renz

Dr. Christoph Noelpp
St. Jakobs-Strasse 30
4002 Basel

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Botanical Institute
University of Basel

SORA Awardee 2012

Dr. Ruth Bone

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Project: Eulophia and eMonocot - a new approach to taxonomy

The genus Eulophia (Eulophiinae: Epidendroideae) comprises ca. 230 species of terrestrial orchids with a predominantly Afro-Madagascan distribution. Previous studies have highlighted the need for reassessment of the delimitation of Eulophia, particularly in relation to the allied genus Oeceoclades. Our research aims to develop a robust phylogenetic framework for re-classification of these genera, with the long term aim of developing an updated and more complete taxonomic treatment. In order to achieve this goal, work has begun on the assimilation of existing taxonomic literature, specimen data and images. The eMonocot Project is developing online taxonomic treatments in partnership with communities of experts, and provides an ideal platform for presentation of these data, maximising accessibility, and enabling participation in this project by members of a broader community with an interest in Eulophia, including naturalists, ecologists, conservationists and growers.

SORA Sponsors 2012

The Swiss Orchid Foundation wishes to thank the following companies for sponsoring the Swiss Orchid Research Award 2012 (in alphabetical order):