The Graduate Program in Biology of Fungi, Algae and Plants (PPGFAP) aims at studying different aspects of biodiversity in the most varied ecosystems where the communities of algae, fungi and plants represent important elements in determining the physiognomy and the functioning of environments. The PPGFAP has a privileged location on the Island of Santa Catarina: its laboratories are close to environments such as high altitude fields, restingas, Atlantic Forest, lagoons and estuaries, mangroves and rocky shores. Such proximity facilitates the systematic monitoring of different aspects of biodiversity in environments that are constantly affected by global and local impacts, and by human activities.

Biological studies on Biodiversity, inserted in the field of Botany, adopt a multidisciplinary approach. This area of ​​concentration gathers aspects on different levels of organization of Fungi, Algae and Plants, from different perspectives (ecological, taxonomic, phylogenetic, evolutionary, phylogeographic, physiological, ecophysiological, metabolomic, biogeographical, ethnobotanical, anatomic, floristic, among others). Having “diversity” as  the object of our specialty, the area seeks to investigate the various implications on the diversity of these organisms  – within the historical, current and future context – in face of the ongoing threat posed by climatic changes.

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