FAPESP gathering discusses the scientific importance of the largest family of plants

Agência FAPESP – From an evolutionary point of view, plants of the Compositae family are a complete success: they are predominant among plants worldwide, with almost 30,000 species distributed throughout every continent in the most variable of biomes. The family, also known as Asteraceae, includes species of known plants, such as the sunflower, lettuce, the daisy and the chrysanthemum.
The success of this family throughout the history of the planet has sparked enormous scientific interest, and with the molecular technology available in the last 15 years, the family has increasingly been studied, according to José Rubens Pirani of the Botany Department at the Biosciences Institute (IB) at the University of São Paulo (USP).

Source: FAPESP, January 4th, 2012

By Fábio de Castro

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