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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XIX, Number 1, January 2012

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

LATE AGAIN! That we are, and this time we have no one to blame but ourselves (one of us having been away during the last half of January). We expect to be back on track for our April issue.

SHAKE-UP AT INBio. The three long-tenured departments dedicated to arthropods, botany, and fungi have now been merged into a single department, as yet with no official name.  The new head of the "Herbario," which now includes both the former Botany and Mycology departments, is Frank González, henceforth the person with whom to correspond regarding permits, authorizations, contacts, etc.

ON THE PROWL. INB curator Francisco Morales spent a week at MO during October, tying up miscellaneous loose ends for the Manual, Flora mesoamericana, the Flora de Colombia, and other projects involving Apocynaceae and Sabiaceae. During the last two weeks of November, Manual Solanaceae contributor Lynn Bohs (UT) spent 10 days at INB examining herbarium material and revising her drafts of the larger genera (minus Solanum, already submitted). Manual Acanthaceae contributor Lucinda McDade and her student Carrie Kiel (both of RSA) likewise spent two and three weeks (respectively) in Costa Rica, but mostly in the field (Monteverde, Península de Osa, Estación Biológica Las Cruces, Valle Central, Estación Biológica La Selva). Look here at some of the acanths we found during their visit. Lucinda promises to be back later this year to bring together and revise her draft of the family for the Manual. Carrie will be contributing to the Justicia treatment, the generic emphasis of her Ph.D. work.  Manual co-PI Barry Hammel joined Lucinda and Carrie on the four-day Osa leg of their trip south. Also in accompaniment on this jaunt was Barry's wife Isabel Pérez, slated soon to return to INB under a renewed contract with KRIBB.

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