From Collection to the Digitization of Caribbean Plant Specimens

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Imagine you are walking around your ideal natural paradise in the Caribbean. To me, that would be hiking in some trail at ‘El Yunque,' deep into the forest, gazing one of the majestic waterfalls it showcases. While busy contemplating your surroundings, a flower you have never encounter before mesmerizes you. You quickly get closer and utilize your senses to learn more about this beauty. After this initial observation, a few questions usually follow in our minds including: What is the name of this plant/species? Is it native to this region or is it originally from a different place? And, could this be an endangered species? In this day and age, with good Internet connection and some patience you will likely be able to obtain answers to these queries.

El tesoro de una científica rebelde

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Aunque su obra fue subestimada, Ana Roqué de Duprey legó uno de los textos más relevantes en la historia de la ciencia de principios del siglo XX en las Américas. Hoy, 90 años después de escribir la ‘Botánica antillana’, una investigación revela el valor del libro inédito.

Así comienza la crónica que el periodista, Eliván Martínez Mercado escribió como producto de su trabajo para el Centro de Periodismo Investigativo. Quedé fascinada desde la primera vez que Eliván compartió esta historia conmigo y cuando ustedes lean esta excelente pieza periodística, seguro sabrán el porqué.


Researching the usefulness of weeds

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Grupo Etnobotánico de la UPR

Students at the University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras are researching the edible and medicinal properties of plants that grow in the wild and are often considered as weeds.


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