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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XV, Number 2, April 2008

News and Notes | Leaps and Bounds | Germane Literature | Season's Pick

MORE DARWIN. As we wrote this, INB curators Alexánder Rodríguez and Daniel Solano were in the field, together with botanical database-entry expert and all-round assistant Frank González, collector Daniel Santamaría, Manual co-PI Nelson Zamora, and others (including entomologists, herpetologists, and a geographer), on the latest Darwin Initiative venture [see The Cutting Edge 13(3): 2, Jul. 2006]. This most recent expedition, launched on 19 February, sought to inventory Cerros Amuo, Seno, and Kuákua, on the Pacific slope of the Cordillera de Talamanca, using Cerro Mosca-La Lucha and Tres Colinas as base camps. A total of 17 points were sampled. At the beginning of the Darwin Initiative, the plan was to put all effort into collecting on the wetter and more isolated and densely forested Caribbean slope, but economic restrictions on this last Costa Rican foray for the project made a Pacific endeavor the only one feasible.

TOURISM: THE DARK SIDE. Former INBio curator and Costa Rican congressman Quírico Jiménez continues to stick his neck out (endangering his personal safety) by writing prolifically on the rampant (and often irresponsible or even illegal) development of coastal areas of Costa Rica, mainly funded by foreign interests. For a recent example of his work, see:

http://www.informatico.com

At the same time, an executive decree recently signed by Costa Rican President (and Nobel laureate) Óscar Arias restricts public access to information about ongoing investigations into such matters by their own environmental agency (Tribunal Ambiental); see:

http://www.aldia.co.cr/ad_ee/2008/febrero/22/nacionales1434636.html

VISITING BOTANISTS IN COSTA RICA. Katya Romolereux (QCA) was in the country from 11–16 February, collecting Lachemilla (Rosaceae) and determining specimens at CR and INB. Michael Sundue and Alejandra Vasco, doctoral students at NY, put in some time at the same institutions studying and identifying fern specimens, pursuant to an OTS pteridophyte course coordinated by Robbin Moran (NY).

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