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Ricardo de Sousa Secco (1955-) is curator of the herbarium at the Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi (MG) in Bel‚m, Brazil. Secco was born at Bel‚m, Par , where he studied biology at the Federal University of Par . He went on to take his master's degree at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amaz“nia (INPA) in Manaus and his doctorate at the University of Sao Paulo. He joined the Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi in 1976, where he remains today. Among the projects he has been involved in are the Brazilian Biodiversity Research Programme (PPBio), the Jos‚ M rcio Young Naturalist Award and an education programme for Amazonian students focusing on the preservation of the environment. Secco's botanical research specialism is the taxonomy of the Euphorbiaceae and Linaceae families. His collecting has focussed on the north of Brazil, in Amap , Amazonas, Maranhao and Par . Secco especially recalls the wonderful Serra dos Caraj s (Par ) and traversing the rivers Negro and Tocantins, as well as exploring the Serra do Navio in Amap . He contributed to the sections on Euphorbiaceae in the Checklist of the Plants of the Guiana Shield (2007), the Flora da Reserva Ducke (2005), the Nuevo Cat logo de la flora vascular de Venezuela (2008) and the Flora of Venezuelan Guayana (1999). Secco has described a number of new taxa, including six species of croton. He published a monograph on the croton genus in Brazilian Amazonia in 2008. He is a member of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (I.A.P.T.), the Sociedade Botƒnica do Brasil, the Sociedade Botƒnica de Sao Paulo, the Funda‡ao Margaret Mee and the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq).
This monograph is a revisionary treatment of the neotropical species of the tribe Alchorneae (Euphorbiaceae).