Aspects of Brazilian Floristic Diversity: From Botany to Traditional Communities offers a unique approach to the floristic diversity of the Neotropical region, specifically encompassing the Brazilian flora. This volume combines both theoretical and applied aspects of scientific making knowledge in different perspectives of botanical science. In this volume, botanical specialists discuss the many different approaches of taxonomic, reproductive, ecological and ethnobotanical aspects of Brazilian floristic diversity, thereby enlightening the global interest in Neotropical species, in particular those from the Brazilian territory. The book addresses relevant questions from many points of view, including anatomy, reproduction, palynology, conservation and ethnobotany, creating an in-depth perception of the flora in its complex constitution.
The book provides a comprehensive outlook on botanical sciences, considering the history and traditional knowledge of plants, and relating it to contemporary problems and concerns of flora conservation today. With this current perspective, this book reaches a vast audience from the research lines of botany and encompasses a broader and interdisciplinary understanding of aspects of Brazilian floristic diversity.
Maria Franco Trindade Medeiros graduated in Biological and Environmental Sciences, Master and PhD in Biological Sciences (Botany) and Postdoctoral fellow in Botany and Ecology. Educator at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2012), Federal University of Campina Grande (2013-2018) and National Museum/ Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (since 2018), belonging to its Department of Botany and Postgraduate Program in Biological Sciences (Botany). She has held the Secretariat and Presidency of the Brazilian Society of Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology (2009-2010, 2011-2012) and is representative of the Ethnobotany Group of the Botanical Society of Brazil (2015-2017). She promoted scientific exhibitions in the Monasteries of São Bento, Brazil (Olinda – PE, 2011; Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 2013) and another one during the National Congress of Botany (Santos – SP, 2015), with the exhibition of items of biocultural collections of some institutions. Her interdisciplinary perspective of investigation searches for a dialogue between Ethnoscience, with emphasis on Ethnobotany, History, Museology, Education and Biocultural Heritage.
Bárbara de Sá Haiad is a professor at the Botany Department and at the Postgraduate Program in Biological Sciences (Botany), National Museum/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), supervising Undergraduate, Master's, and Doctoral students. She holds a degree in Biological Sciences (Ecology) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a master’s degree and a PhD in Biological Sciences (Botany) from the same University, and a Postdoctoral fellow in Plant Secretory Structures at the São Paulo State University. She is interested in embryophyte morphology, with an emphasis on reproductive axis anatomy, mainly on floral anatomy, development and floral secretory structures.