General objectives

1. The research of this group focuses on two main areas: (i) Systematic and evolution of plants and fungi diversity on the Iberian Peninsula and Atlantic Islands, with emphasis on the Mediterranean, Atlantic and tropical ecosystems and (ii) Conservation of Plant Diversity focusing on Plant Conservation Improvement and Promotion of Plant Conservation to Society.

Our research covers several aspects, but we give particular emphasis: (i) to inventory, monitoring and evaluation of plant genetic diversity; (ii) to the mechanisms related to conservation vs exploitation in a sustainability perspective; (iii) to develop integrative models as management tools; iv) to promote initiatives aiming to improve plant conservation and their promotion to society as a whole.

2. This research group studies the systematic and phylogeny of cryptogams (bryophytes, lichens, fungi) and vascular plants seeking to renew systematic of these groups, considering their ecological importance and the wealth of reference collections at MNHN-JB (Lisbon University institution where the majority of the PDC elements work).

The research made by this group is well articulated with the five main goals of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), a programme of the UN’s convention on Biological Diversity (

The research is presently being undertaken in mainland Portugal, Iberian Peninsula and the Atlantic Archipelagos: Macaronesia (Madeira, Açores, Canary Islands and Cabo Verde), as well as São Tomé e Príncipe Archipelago, in tropical/equatorial Africa, and Brazil on distinct habitats to address phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships.

3. Particular attention is given to: 

Systematics and phylogeny of cryptogams (bryophytes, lichens, fungi) and vascular plants; 

Research on the biodiversity (taxonomy), biogeography and ecology of these groups in distinct habitats;

 Phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships within cryptogams from Macaronesian Islands and other regions (Southern and Northern Hemisphere);

Studies on tropical bryology (S. Tomé e Príncipe) and Brazil; 

Research on vascular species diversity and ecology, for conservation in situ and ex situ, considering the impact of climatic changes on the biodiversity;

Studies on bryophyte and lichen biodiversity in conserved vs exploited habitats;

Renew and facilitate the reference collections of MNHN-JB (GBIF-Global Biodiversity Information Facility), making data freely and universally available (

Taxus baccata

Quercus faginea