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Maria Cristina Lopez Roberts

Country of origin: Bolivia Currently in: Bolivia, La Paz General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Academic Background


2019 Doctorate Biological Systems and Organisms
2011 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
2005 Undergraduate Agricultural Sciences
2004 Undergraduate Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

Micropropagation of native orchids to its conservation and management by indigenous communities in Bolivia.

Publications resulting from Research: 

The Legume Phylogeny Working Group (LPWG) 2017. A new subfamily classification of the Leguminosae based on a taxonomically comprehensive phylogeny. TAXON 66 (1): 44–77.

López-Roberts, M.C &. Van den Berg, C. 2016. Transferability of microsatellite markers in four species of Masdevallia (Orchidaceae, Pleurothallidinae) endemic to mountain cloud forests of the Bolivian Andes: a phylogenetic approach. Brazilian Journal of Botany. DOI 10.1007/s40415-016-0264-0.

López-Roberts, M. C., A. Barbosa, L. Paganucci de Queiroz & C. Van den Berg. 2016. Microsatellite markers for Senna spectabilis var. excelsa (Caesalpinoideae, Leguminosae). Applications in Plant Sciences. DOI10.3732/apps.1500062

López-Roberts M.C., L. Paganucci de Queiroz and Cássio van den Berg. 2013. Microsatellite markers development in Cratylia mollis and their transferability to C. argentea (Leguminosae). Application in Plant Sciences.

Almeida M., P.R. M.C. López-Roberts, B. B.Zanotto Vigna, A.P. Souza, A. Góes-Neto, C. van den Berg. 2013. Microsatellite markers for the endangered orchids Cattleya labiata Lindl. And C. warneri T. Moore (Orchidaceae). Genetics Conservation 5(3): 791 – 794.

López-Roberts M. C., P.R., Almeida, E.J., Oliveira and C. van den Berg. 2012. Microsatellite marker development for the threatened orchid Masdevallia solomonii (Orchidaceae). 2012. Primer & Notes American Journal of Botany. 99(2): e66 – e68.

López, M.C., G. Villegas, B. Mamani, J.C. Bermejo, M. Aguilar & J. Quezada. 2007, “Orchid micropropagation destined to the sustainable management of native species from the Parque Nacional y Área Natural de Manejo Integrado Cotapata (PN-ANMI Cotapata), La Paz, Bolivia”. Lankesteriana 7 (1-2): 299 – 302. San José, Costa Rica.

Tarifa, T., F. Fontúrbel, D. Achá, J. Rodríguez, C. Molina, M. C. López, M. R. Baudoin, C.Buitrón, A. Canseco, M. García, Y. Higueras, D. Kopp, J. Pacajes, P. Romecin & V. Urrelo. 2004. Vizcachas (Lagidium viscacia, Chinchillidae) in fragmented habitats in the city of La Paz and surrounding areas: Basis for its conservation. Ecología en Bolivia 39(1): 53 – 74.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Teacher and researcher at Universidad Mayor Real y Pontificia de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca Sucre, Bolivia Disciplines: Plant Physiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, and Evolution

Workshop and Conference Attended

2019 Quito, Ecuador IBS 2019 Humboldt Meeting
2013 Johannesburg – South Africa Sixth International Legume Conference.
2012 Joinville, Santa Catharina, Brazil. 63th National Congress of Botany.
2011 Cali-Colombia VI Colombian Congress of Botany
2010 Natal, Brazil XXIII Brazilian Congress of Entomology
2008 Santa Marta, Colombia Third International Congress of dry ecosystems
2007 Loja, Ecuador Second Scientific Conference on Andean Orchids
2006 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic IX Latin American Botanical Congress
2004 La Paz, Bolivia IV National Biotechnology Meeting


Instituto de Biología experimental "Luiz Adam Briançon", USFX

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