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Volume XIII, Number 2, April 2006
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MANUAL VOL. 6. With our next (to be published) volume nearing completion, and with
publication slated for later this year, we must take this opportunity to appeal to our very
few remaining holdouts: we beseech you!
VISITORS IN COSTA RICA. Manual aquatic families contributor Garrett
Crow (NHA) was back in Costa Rica during 6–27 March, mainly to do field
work on Podostemaceae. He was accompanied by fellow aquatics specialist Tom
Philbrick (WCSU) and his student, Thomas C. Edson.
Well-known plant morphologist and embryologist Hiroshi Tobe (KYO),
collaborator with Manual co-PI Barry Hammel (Ruptiliocarpon,
Ticodendron), spent the week of 19–27 March in Costa Rica with his student,
Jun Okada. Their goal was for Jun to see as many Salicaceae
(former Flacourtiaceae) as he could in the field, and to collect embryological material.
They knocked off several genera during a few days at La Selva, then journeyed briefly to
the Península de Osa, mainly to get Tetrathylacium. The trip was triply
successful, because they also lucked onto fertile material of both Ruptiliocarpon
(Lepidobotryaceae) and Ticodendron (Ticodendraceae), on which Hiroshi will continue
to pursue various anatomical studies. The duo was assisted during the entire trip by
Daniel Solano (INB), at La Selva by Orlando Vargas, on
the Península de Osa by Reinaldo Aguilar, and at Porrosatí
(Ticodendron country) by Barry Hammel.
VISITORS FROM COSTA RICA. MO has played host this quarter to a procession of
distinguished visitors from Costa Rican botanical institutions. Arriving immediately
after the departure of Alexánder Rodríguez (see this column in
our last issue) was INB curator Francisco Morales, who stayed for two weeks
working on Myrsinaceae and various other groups. Panamanian native and Universidad de
Costa Rica student Blanca Arauz, recipient of a MO Bascom Fellowship, showed
up on 1 April to begin a month-long tour of duty working on Paradrymonia
(Gesneriaceae). Pteridologist Alexander Rojas (Jardín
Botánico Lankester) hit the town on 5 April for a two-week immersion in the MO fern
SAPOTACEAE CONCLAVE. An “International Meeting of Sapotaceae Researchers”
convened at the Museo Nacional in San José on 15–16 March. This event was
moderated by Daniel Potter (DAV), and featured talks by Arne
Anderberg (S), Armando Estrada (CR), James E.
Richardson (E), Ulf Swenson (S), and Manual co-PI Nelson
Zamora (INB/LSCR), among others. At the end of the two-day session, participants
were offered a day-trip to CATIE in Turrialba, followed by a five-day excursion to the
Península de Osa. The latter junket, with Reinaldo Aguilar and
Daniel Santamaría as guides, was, by all accounts, a unique
experience for everyone involved.
MAJOR CONSERVATION PROJECT IN THE OFFING. Manual co-PI Nelson Zamora journeyed to Europe
during 3--9 April for IUCN meetings in Geneva and London. What transpired there? The plan
is that IUCN, in conjunction with Plantlife International (based in Salisbury, England) and
six tropical countries, will seek funds from the Global Environmental Facility to implement
a strategy "to improve plant conservation through the protection and management of threatened
plants species and Important Plant Areas" in each of these countries. The full project will
run for five years. As one might assume from Nelsonís involvement, Costa Rica is one of the
six targeted countries, and INBio will coordinate the national preparatory work there. For
the record, the outher countries are: Cameroon, Madagascar, Morocco, the Philippines, and
NEW TALAMANCA STUDY. The British-based Darwin Initiative recently approved funding for
a conservation project in both the Costa Rican and Panamanian portions of Parque
International La Amistad. Led by Alex Monro (BM) and Nelson Zamora (INB/LSCR), this is a
three-year endeavor that will kick off in July of the present year. Extensive field work is
planned (at least seven trips), involving both ground-truthing and plant collecting. Among
the end results will be a life-zone map of the preserve, a data-based checklist of "keystone"
plant spp. (whatever those are), and a list of indicator spp.