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Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

  • June - July 2013
Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

During June 2013, Abel Monteagudo Mendoza (Jardín Botánico de Missouri, Peru - RAINFOR), led a team of four students from the School of Biological Sciences, at the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco: Yuri Tomas Huillca Aedo, Edith Rosario Clemente Arenas, Danitza Bellota Ttito and Miguel Alex Pedraza Arando, in collaboration with those responsible for the Wayna Winay Biological Station. They set up a series of permanent plots of 1.0-ha through an altitudinal gradient. Work on these plots will provide a basis for the development of three thesis and a seminar study-case for the students. The objectives, besides those of studying the dynamics of these forests within the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, are to understand the diversity of trees, shrubs, herbs, and vascular epiphytes, in each of these permanent plots. It’s important to highlight this installation as the first ever permanent plots of 1.0-ha, in primary montane forests within the Sanctuary, despite the very difficult conditions of access and steep slopes in these forests. The next few months will continue with the installation of these plots also starting with the collection of botanical specimens for the Vargas Herbarium (CUZ), at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, at UNSAAC and thereby improve the knowledge of the biodiversity of the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.