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Award Abstract #1145606

ARTS: A cyber-enabled global monograph of Viburnum (Adoxaceae, Dipsacales)

Division Of Environmental Biology
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Initial Amendment Date: June 12, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: January 7, 2014
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Award Number: 1145606
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Simon Malcomber
DEB Division Of Environmental Biology
BIO Direct For Biological Sciences
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Start Date: June 15, 2012
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End Date: August 31, 2016 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $500,227.00
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Investigator(s): Michael Donoghue michael.donoghue@yale.edu (Principal Investigator)
Patrick Sweeney (Co-Principal Investigator)
Wendy Clement (Co-Principal Investigator)
William Piel (Former Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Yale University
Office of Sponsored Projects
New Haven, CT 06520-8327 (203)785-4689
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NSF Program(s): Systematics & Biodiversity Sci
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Program Reference Code(s): 9169, EGCH, 1355, 9178, 9251, SMET
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Program Element Code(s): 7374


The genus Viburnum contains some 170 woody plant species in temperate and subtropical forests around the Northern Hemisphere and in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Over 70 Viburnum species are used in horticulture, and many are ecologically important. Building on years of prior research, and based directly upon herbarium specimens and new collections, the goal of this project is to resolve all remaining species-level taxonomic problems and to produce a comprehensive description of the entire group, with geographic range maps and richly-illustrated interactive identification keys that can be deployed on the web and in the field. All data will be internet-accessible and integrated into global biodiversity databases.

This project will produce a global treatment of a widespread, taxonomically confusing, and horticulturally important plant lineage. In doing so, it will generate data and informatics tools of general value to the scientific community. This work will greatly increase the value of Viburnum as a model for addressing fundamental issues in evolutionary biology, ecology, and global change. The project will be transformative in modeling the use of knowledge of evolutionary relationships in producing a species-level taxonomic monograph. It will provide hands-on training in modern, collaborative, cyber-enabled systematic biology to students at all levels.


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Chatelet, D. S., W. Clement, L. Sack, M. J. Donoghue, and E. J. Edwards. "The evolution of photosynthetic anatomy in Viburnum (Adoxaxeae).," Int. Jour. Plant Sci., v.174, 2013, p. 1277.

Clement, W. L., M. Arikake, P. W. Sweeney, E. J. Edwards, and M. J. Donoghue.. "A chloroplast tree for Viburnum (Adoxaceae) and its implications for phylogenetic classification and character evolution," American Journal of Botany, v.101, 2014, p. 1029. 

Edwards, E. J., D. Chatelet, L. Sack, and M. J. Donoghue.. "Leaf life span and the leaf economic spectrum in the context of whole plant architecture.," Jour. Ecology, v.102, 2014, p. 328.


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