Mauricio Diazgranados


I am interested in investigating potentially useful Latin American plants, particularly in the Tropical Andes, to improve livelihoods of local communities. My research involves studying utilised, neglected and underutilised plants, their main threats, strategies for their in situ and ex situ conservation and propagation, and their sustainable use. I am also interested in how Climate Change is affecting these plants and the ecosystem services directly or indirectly provided. My projects have an interdisciplinary approach, integrating areas from taxonomy, systematics, ecology and biogeography to economic botany and ethnobotany. I have carried out extensive research in the high-Andean forest and páramos of northern South America, and I specialised on the study of the Healiantheae s.l. (Asteraceae), and particularly on the frailejones (subtribe Espeletiinae Cuatrec.).

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Work details

Research Leader - Diversity & Livelihoods

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
July 2016
Natural Capital and Plant Health Department
Diversity & Livelihoods carries out research into the beneficial impact on human livelihoods of plant and fungal diversity, from medicinal herbs to forest trees. We work with communities in locations and economies where nutritional, income and biodiversity issues are of paramount importance, in many cases in partnership with external organisations.

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