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Eric de Camargo Smidt (left)
(http://lattes.cnpq.br/1539716845687200) has a degree in Bachelor of Biological Sciences from the Universidade Estadual Paulista Jú lio de Mesquita Filho (2000), Master (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) from the Universidade de Feira de Santana and post-doctorate from the Institute of Botany of São Paulo (2008). He is currently Professor Adjunto I of the Universidade Federal do Paraná and permanent advisor of the Post-Graduation in Botany from the same university. Has experience in the field of botany with emphasis on Taxonomy of Orchidaceae, acting on the following topics: conservation, phylogeny, taxonomy, biogeography and pollination.
Luciana Lopes Fortes Ribas (above)
(http://lattes.cnpq.br/9283357374616431) has a degree in biology from the Catholic University of Paraná (1985), Master of botany at the Universidade Federal do Paraná (1991) and Ph.D. in Forestry at the Universidade Federal do Paraná (1999). She is currently Professor Associado I of the Federal University of Paraná and permanent advisor of the Post-Graduation in Botany from the same university. Has experience in botany, with emphasis in Plant Physiology, acting on the following topics: micropropagation via organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis of forest and fruit trees and ornamental species.
The Federal University of Parana
(www.ufpr.br) is the oldest university in Brazil and symbol of Curitiba city. Surrounded by a history of many conquests, since 1912 the UFPR is a reference in higher education for the state and for Brazil. Hallmark of the culture of Paraná, the University demonstrates its importance and excellence through undergraduate, specialization, master's and doctorate, and their areas of research and extension. The social responsibility of the university as a public institution is also emphasized in their actions to the community of Paraná as well for the country, collaborating with others Post-Graduation in Botany of the Brazil and others countries.
The Post-Graduation in Botany from UFPR (http://botanica.bio.ufpr.br/posgraduacao/) began operations in 1979, when it was created, and was recognized in 1989 by MEC (Ministry of Education). To date, 226 master’s theses were defended.
Orchid photo's top left: Bulbophyllum perii, top right; Gomesa sp