25 May 2018

BSc thesis of Mateo Jaimes published in Caldasia

The study focuses on the knowledge and use of palms in three indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon.


M Jaimes, J Betancur & R Cámara-Leret. 2018. Palmeras útiles en tres comunidades indígenas de La Pedrera, Amazonia colombiana. Caldasia 40 (1): 183-199 PDF


30 March 2018

Letter about threats to Colombian ecosystems published in Science


OA Pérez-Escobar, R Cámara-Leret, A Antonelli, R Bateman, S Bellot, G Chomicki, AM Cleef, M Diazgranados, S Dodsworth, C Jaramillo, S Madriñan, I Olivares, A Zuluaga & R Bernal. 2018. Mining threatens Colombian ecosystems. Science. 359 (6383): 1475. PDF


26 March 2018

MSc thesis of Peter Petoe published in Kew Bulletin. A taxonomic revision is presented of the Hydriastele wendlandiana group, a well-defined species grouping within the Indo-Pacific palm genus Hydriastele that occurs in New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago and northern Australia.


Peto P, R Cámara-Leret & WB Baker. 2018. A Monograph of the Hydriastele wendlandiana group (Arecaceae: Hydriastelele). Kew Bulletin 73: 17. PDF



2 January 2018

Eliane Schneider's MSc thesis published in Economic Botany. This study reappraised traditional knowledge about palms by the Chachi indigenous group in Ecuador, 30 years after the first study in 1985 on Chachi palm ethnobotany (Barfod and Balslev 1988). We wished to gain insight about which palm species the Chachi people use today, and how palm traditional knowledge has changed among the Chachi since 1985.


Schneider E, R Cámara-Leret, A Barfod & C Weckerle. 2017. Palm use by two Chachi communities of Ecuador: a 30-year reappraisal. Economic Botany PDF

November 2017

Start of MSc project of Mr. Zhi Shee Qiang "Molecular phylogeny of Papuan Schefflera"

October 2017

Start of our Kew-Naturalis Royal Society project "Building the New Guinea Research Team" with a 3- week visit of Dr. Rodrigo Cámara-Leret to Naturalis Biodiversity Center to initiate work with Prof. Peter van Welzen and Dr. Niels Raes. This was a unique opportunity to also consult the Leiden herbarium, library archives, meet with New Guinea experts Dr. Wim Vink, Dr. Jan Frits Veldkamp and Dr. Max van Baalgoy, and examine ethnographic objects at Dutch museums.

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