Vincent Manzanilla

Vincent Manzanilla

Medicinal plants are the perfect bridge between evolutionary biology and my personal interests: I always have been fascinated by plant genetics, evolution and chaos. I am familiar with the broad processes and particular detail of evolution through the study of different organisms and approaches, such as insect-plant co-evolution, mitochondrial genome evolution in mushrooms, gene duplication and Legume phylogeny.

About me
Medicinal plants are the perfect bridge between evolutionary biology and my personal interests: I always have been fascinated by plant genetics, evolution and chaos. I am familiar with the broad processes and particular detail of evolution through the study of different organisms and approaches, such as insect-plant co-evolution, mitochondrial genome evolution in mushrooms, gene duplication and Legume phylogeny.

PhD Research

Moroccan traditional herbal medicine is very popular but threated by the increase of demands. Identification and conservation of medicinal plants is fundamental to preserving traditional livelihoods. Plant identification using genetic methods (barcoding) is widely established. However, limited attempts have been done for the identification of medicinal plants with NGS. In my research:

  • I aim to design a genetics methods based on metabarcoding and high-throughput sequencing to identify with accuracy medicinal plants in the international trade.

  • I am interested to develop software and scripts to facilitate the data analyses for NGS data. The aim is to improve the identification of species in the meta-barcoding approach.

  • Getting information on the medicinal plants from the local populations is an important aspect of the identification work. The ethnoclassification learned from herbalists and collectors will be valuable information for the plant conservation.

The goal of my research is to preserve wild populations of medicinal plants in order to find a sustainable use of traditional medicine.

Funding

This research is funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/ 2007–2013/under REA (Research Executive Agency) Grant Agreement No. PITN-GA-2013-606895

EU    GDF

Medplant   Marie curie

Collaborators

Hugo de Boer

Hugo

 

Anneleen Kool

Anneleen

http://www.nhm.uio.no/english/about/organization/botanical-garden/people/anneleek/

Gary Martin

Gary

http://www.global-diversity.org/about-us/global-diversity-foundation-team

Maxime Borry

Maxime

http://maximeborry.com/

Tags: Ethnobotany , Phylogenetics , Biodiversity , Bioinformatics , Phylogenetic comparative methods , DNA barcoding , Metabarcoding , Conservation , Python programming , NGS , Red-listing , Medicinal plants

Publications


2012

Phylogeny reconstruction in the Caesalpinieae grade (Leguminosae) based on duplicated copies of the sucrose synthase gene and plastid markers.

Vincent Manzanilla , Bruneau, A.

Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 65: 149-162.

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