Navigation Links
2 new plants discovered in Spain
Date:2/15/2011

Just when everyone thought that almost every plant species on the Iberian Peninsula had been discovered, Spanish researchers have discovered Taraxacum decastroi and Taraxacum lacianense, two dandelions from the Pyrenees and the Cordillera Cantbrica mountain range, respectively. This finding confirms Spain's privileged position as a hotbed of biodiversity.

"It's hard to find new species now in Spain. It depends on the complexity of the group of plants you study", Antonio Galn de Mera, lead author of the study and a researcher in the Department of Biology (Botany) at the San Pablo-CEU University in Madrid, tells SINC.

According to the study, which has been published in Annales Botanici Fennici, it has been no easy task to identify these two new plants. "We had to compare them with numerous examples from Europe (above all in Spain and Portugal), which were lent to us from the collections of other colleagues", says Galn de Mera.

Taraxacum decastroi and Taraxacum lacianense are plants with long leaves and little pollen, because they reproduce by means of seeds without fertilisation. They also have "fairly characteristic" fruits with little ornamentation, "which differentiates them from other species in the Peninsula", the scientist adds.

T. decastroi, which takes its name from the naturalist Emilio de Castro y Prez de Castro, is a plant from the Pyrenees fir forests of Lrida, while T. lacianense, first spotted by Jos Alfredo Vicente Orellana, grows in the birch woods of the Montes de Len mountains, specifically in the area of Laciana. Both plants live in moist environments and face certain threats.

"Taraxacum lacianense lives in environments that are very vulnerable to becoming dried out. In addition, the bogland in which it grows is in the birch woods of the Montes de Len, which are seriously threatened by open cast coal mining", the biologist explains.

New plants, greater biodiversity

The description of Taraxacum decastroi and Taraxacum lacianense represent two new additions to the floral biodiversity of the Iberian Peninsula, and they go to join more than 50 other species within the Taraxacum genus on the Iberian Peninsula. Both species are related to Taraxacum reophilum of the Alps.

In Spain, "it is impossible to pinpoint" the number of new plants that still remain to be discovered "although genus studies can always throw up surprises", says the researcher, who is currently studying another "probable" new species in the province of Madrid related with a forest group. The team has also found another in Portugal, Segovia and Asturias.

The two new species will be included in the chapter on the Taraxacum genus in the work Flora Ibrica, which has been published by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since 1986. The Botany Department of the San Pablo-CEU University collaborates on this initiative by means of its herbarium, which conserves plants from the Iberian Peninsula and South America.


'/>"/>

Contact: SINC
info@plataformasinc.es
FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Stem cell transplants help kidney damage
2. Invasive plants can create positive ecological change
3. Different evolutionary paths lead plants and animals to the same crossroads
4. Plants can adapt genetically to survive harsh environments
5. Free radicals in cornea may contribute to Fuchs dystrophy, most common cause of corneal transplants
6. Fast growth, low defense -- plants facing a dilemma
7. Forest Service offers free guide to managing invasive plants
8. UC Davis study shows plants moved downhill, not up, in warming world
9. Gene helps plants use less water without biomass loss
10. Filtering kitchen wastewater for plants
11. Can bedding plants thrive with recycled water?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
2 new plants discovered in Spain
(Date:3/17/2016)... -- ABI Research, the leader in transformative technology ... will reach more than $30 billion by 2021, ... electronics, particularly smartphones, continue to boost the biometrics ... two billion shipments by 2021 at a 40% ... Analyst at ABI Research. "Surveillance is also gearing ...
(Date:3/11/2016)... HANOVER, Germany , March 11, 2016 ... - Cross reference: Picture is available at AP Images ( ... scanner from DERMALOG will be used to produce the new refugee ... of other biometric innovations, at CeBIT in Hanover ... LF10 scanner from DERMALOG will be used to produce the new ...
(Date:3/9/2016)... , March 9, 2016 ... government identified that more than 23,000 public service employees ... had been receiving their salary unlawfully.    --> ... country,s government identified that more than 23,000 public service ... or had been receiving their salary unlawfully.    ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... York , May 4, 2016 ... Transparency Market Research "Metabolomics Market - Global Industry Analysis, ... the metabolomics market is anticipated to expand at a ... USD 2,494.8 million by 2024. Metabolomics is ... metabolites, within cells, biofluids, tissues or organisms. Together, these ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 2016 , ... In a list published by the Boston Business Journal, ... companies; a small percentage of the state's 615,000+ small businesses. The list examined companies ... revenue from 2012 to 2015. , As this award comes on the ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016 - And ... and Producers of Those Competitor Biologics  - ... Activities and Prospects ,  Who are the ... And what are their sales potentials? Discover, in our ... results, trends, opportunities and revenue forecasting. ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... in mind, the fresh look and added functionality give the agricultural world a ... seen a dynamic shift in agriculture – from precision farming via satellites and ...
Breaking Biology Technology: