Pakkapol Thaowetsuwan, PhD Candidate
I am a PhD student originally from Thailand. I obtained a funding from the Development and Promotion of Science and Technology talents project (DPST) Scholarship, Royal Thai Government. My research interest is about diversity and evolution of flowers. Previously, I was an MSc Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants student at the RBGE. My MSc dissertation was about investigation of floral morphology and anatomy of genus Ophiocaryon which is an poorly known genus in the family Sabiaceae. Data from this genus will contribute to our better understanding of floral diversity and evolution in early-diverging eudicots. Currently, I am doing a Phd thesis about floral diversity and evolution in the genus Croton and related genera (Crotonoideae, Euphorbiaceae). Croton is a second largest genus in the family Euphorbiaceae (after the genus Euphorbia). It has great diversity in floral structures especially in indumentum type, stamen number and style branching pattern. Aim of my thesis is to gain morphological, anatomical, developmental and genetic basis behind the great floral diversity in this genus. Multiple approaches are used in my study, e.g., light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and gene expression study. Floral structures from other genera in the tribe Crotoneae are also studied for better understanding of floral diversity and evolution in Croton.
Dr Louis P. Ronse De Craene RBGE, UK
Dr Catherine Kidner RBGE & University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr David Harris RBGE, UK
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Dr Ricarda Riina Real Jardin Botanico madrid, Spain
Dr Gerhard Prenner RBG, Kew, UK
2016-current PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology (Plant Sciences), University of Edinburgh, UK
2014-2015 MSc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants, RBGE and University of Edinburgh
2019-2012 BSc in Biology, Silpakorn University, Thailand
Thaowetsuwan P., Honorio Coronado E.N. & Ronse De Craene L.P. (2017) Floral morphology and anatomy of Ophiocayon, a paedomorphic genus of Sabiaceae. Annals of Botany 120: 819-832.
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