Starting in 1990, Brazilian botanists convened to initiate studies designed to develop a new work on Brazilian Flora, based, however, on surveys of the flora of each Brazilian state. In São Paulo, the research began in 1993.
It is estimated that São Paulo Flora comprises some 7,500 species of almost 1,500 genera and 200 families, in an area of 240 thousand square kilometers.
The research has already discovered 50 new species and described approximately 2 thousand. Under the coordination of researchers connected with Instituto de Botânica (the Botany Institute), 5 of the 15 volumes planned to describe São Paulo flora have already been published. Another 3 volumes are at an advanced preparation stage.
The Phanerogamic Flora project contributed to the creation of a network of researchers and also stimulated the development of similar projects in other Brazilian states. It diagnosed the status of the existing botanical collections, expanded the research infrastructure at institutes with taxonomy activities in São Paulo State, and provided support for the training of a considerable number of students and young researchers.
The results are to be integrated with those of the program BIOTA-FAPESP in the development of public policies for the sustainable conservation and use of biodiversity.
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