Navigation Links
Missouri Botanical Garden researchers discover 8 new species in Boliva national parks

(ST. LOUIS): Botanists at the Missouri Botanical Garden have described eight new plant species collected in the Madidi National Park and surrounding areas located on the eastern slopes of the Andes in northern Bolivia. The new species are from several different genera and families and are published in a recent edition of the Missouri Botanical Garden journal Novon.

Missouri Botanical Garden scientists and colleagues from the National Herbarium in La Paz, Bolivia describe Prestonia leco, Passiflora madidiana, Siphoneugena minima, Siphoneugena glabrata, Hydrocotyle apolobambensis, Weberbauerocereus madidiensis, Styloceras connatum and Meriania horrida. All but one species, Siphoneugena glabrata, were collected as part of Proyecto Madidi (Project Madidi), a ten-year effort to inventory plant species in the National Park, educate graduate students and conduct an ecological inventory of the national park. The new species will be made available for incorporation in the upcoming Bolivian catalog of vascular plants.

Some of the new species are only found in very specific areas of the National Park and surrounding areas and have been assigned a provisional conservation status of Vulnerable following the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidelines. Others are more broadly distributed and clearly indicate that more is to be found. Dr. Peter Jrgensen, associate curator at the Missouri Botanical Garden considers the threat to the species to be limited if the protected areas are respected, but several places within the region are at risk of fragmentation as a result of the construction of new roads and the increase in cattle and farming activities.

"Before we started this project in 2000, this botanically rich area was essentially a white area on the map, almost unexplored," said Jrgensen. "There has been very little general collecting in this area. Over the course of a decade we have documented more than 7,000 species, which is about a third of what you can find in North America."

Since the start of the Madidi Project, botanists have identified about 132 new species; 32 of which have been published. Eighteen species are currently in preparation for publication and the remaining need additional collections and documentation. The study area in the project encompasses 110,000 kilometers and includes three protected areas: the Madidi National Park, Piln Lajas and Apolobamba. Ranging from the glacier-covered peaks of the high Andes Mountains to the tropical rainforests of the Tuichi River, Madidi is recognized as one of the world's most biologically diverse regions.

With scientists working on six continents in 38 countries around the globe, the Garden has one of the three largest plant science programs in the world, along with The New York Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (outside London). The Garden focuses its work on areas that are rich in biodiversity yet threatened by habitat destruction, and operates the world's most active research and training program in tropical botany. Scientific study at the Garden focuses on the exploration of selected tropical regions, which encompass Earth's least known, most diverse, and most rapidly vanishing ecosystems. Because of the speed with which irreversible changes occur in tropical regions, the Garden has made a long-term commitment and assumed a leadership role in the study and conservation of these imperiled habitats.


Contact: Julie Bierach
Missouri Botanical Garden

Related biology news :

1. Missouri Botanical Garden researcher discover new genus
2. Missouri Botanical Garden hosts historic meeting to discuss endangered plants in the Caucasus region
3. Missouri Botanical Garden publishes first catalogue of plants of the Southern Cone
4. Missouri Botanical Garden mounts milestone 6 millionth herbarium specimen
5. MU establishes National Botanical Research Center
6. UC Riverside botanist receives Botanical Society of Americas highest honor
7. New research examining essential drugs, emerging botanicals supported by USP Awards
8. Unique study isolates DNA from Linnaeus botanical collections
9. UC Riverside geneticist receives highest honor from Botanical Society of America
10. Springer partners with Botanical Society of Korea
11. Urban gardeners beware: There may be lead in your soil and food
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/6/2015)... , Oct. 6, 2015  Maverix Biomics, Inc., ... enhancements to its software portfolio with the debut ... for differential expression in eukaryotes. The software is ... a cloud-based genomic analysis solution that leverages proven ... from next-generation sequencing efforts. Garry Nolan,s ...
(Date:9/30/2015)... , Sept. 30, 2015  With nearly 300,000 Americans ... of new SCIs estimated to reach 12,500 annually, the ... California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) is ... California opening doors to independence ... programs and services, notably assistive technology services and education. ...
(Date:9/29/2015)... 2015  iDAvatars is excited to be named one of ... market. The official announcement was recently made at an invite-only ... San Francisco , where iDAvatars presented a ... Watson. "It is both an honor and a ... bring to market the cognitive power of IBM Watson in ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015  Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD ) today announced ... --> --> Based ... third quarter of 2015 is expected to be approximately ... to be approximately $(0.32) for the third quarter.  Based ... share for the third quarter of 2015 is expected ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Applied BioMath ( ), a computational ... the drug invention process, announced that it will sponsor ... 20-22, 2015 in Boston , MA.  ... CEO of Applied BioMath, will present "QSP approaches enabling quantitative ... trials" on Wednesday October 21st 2015 at 12:30PM.  ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... YORK , October 13, 2015 ... acceleration and development company, has entered into a strategic ... York and Paris, France ... --> --> This collaborative arrangement ... highly respected scientific advisory team as well as long ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... ... Clinovo recently appointed Jeff Parr and Ed Donaldson to its Business Development ... , Jeff Parr has spent the past decade providing quality management software and consulting ... Ab Sciex to name a few. He is based in Salt Lake City, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: