Despite a lack of resources for field research, as well as slow internet connections that prevent them from downloading large files and difficulties in accessing scientific literature, Cuban scientists have been carrying out highly regarded work for decades and regularly publish their findings in international journals. The Cuban government has put a great deal of emphasis on science, a strategy that has paid off in fields such as biomedicine and cancer research.
Still, the embargo has stymied Cuban science because it has cut the country off from the sophisticated U. The barriers that separated them from U. There are also protected areas covering 20 percent of the national territory. It's weak in the lowlands that got turned into plantations, but most of the mountain areas are protected. For example, Boom is keen to continue collaborating with his Cuban colleagues to study Melastomataceae , a plant family endemic to Cuba.
Very little is known about it, partly due to a lack of funds and also because it abounds in remote areas of Cuba's far east. The largely unexplored park is the largest in the Caribbean, encompassing diverse ecosystems from dry coastal areas to wet forest and high mountains. During four weeks of exploring virgin forests, the binational team of ornithologists, herpetologists, mammologists, arachnologists and microbiologists collected numerous specimens with which they hope to identify species of insects, spiders and snails that are thus far unknown to science.
There were larger animals as well. And that may be just the beginning. If more funding is made available for field studies and embargo restrictions continue to relax, many believe the scientific community could identify a bounty of new species and learn more about them. You have free article s left. Already a subscriber? Sign in.
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