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Uncategorized / 24.06.2016

There is an often cited estimate that only 1 in 1000 sea turtles that hatch and make it to the ocean will survive to adulthood. With odds like that one can sometimes feel like the work is futile and has little impact. As Olivia points out in her blog this week - it just takes is one brush with success to remind us that every individual counts. By: Olivia Upon arriving to Osa to start my position as a Research Field Assistant (RFA), I was so excited to start a new life...

Uncategorized / 17.06.2016

[caption id="attachment_9083" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The beneficial mycorrhizal fungus found in large amounts in wild plants on Osa Verde. This fungus is one that gives several benefits to the plant.[/caption] Beginning four months ago, the National University, Osa Conservation, and University of Costa Rica have been uniting forces in order to carry out the establishment and development of organic mother vanilla plants in the Osa. Since the cultivation is very profitable, it would be a good economic opportunity for the farmers in the southern part of the country, many of whom...

Uncategorized / 17.06.2016

  [caption id="attachment_9083" align="aligncenter" width="300"] el hongo benéfico Micorriza encontrado en gran cantidad en plantas silvestres de Osa Verde y es el que le da varios beneficios a la planta.[/caption] Desde hace más de cuatro meses la Universidad Nacional, Conservación Osa y Universidad de Costa Rica, hanunido esfuerzos para llevar a cabo el establecimiento y desarrollo de plantas madre de Vanilla spp. orgánica en la zona de Puerto Jiménez de Costa Rica, debido a que el cultivo es sumamente rentable y sería una gran oportunidad para los agricultores de la...

Uncategorized / 10.06.2016

Hace poco menos de un año, el campo de la conservación perdió a uno de sus íconos, y tanto Osa como el Parque Nacional de Corcovado perdieron a su más grande defensor. El Parque Nacional de Corcovado, la joya de Osa, abarca un área de aproximadamente   50,000 hectáreas y fue  establecido en  1975. La fundación de este y otros parques nacionales fue dirigida por un pequeño grupo de tenaces conservacionista y visionarios, entre ellos  Álvaro Ugalde Víquez. La contribución que Álvaro Ugalde hizo en términos de conservación se extiende...

Uncategorized / 10.06.2016

A little over one year ago conservation lost one of its finest and both the Osa and Corcovado National Park lost their greatest champion. The founding of Corcovado National Park, the so-called jewel of the Osa, and other national parks was spearheaded by a few tenacious conservationists and visionaries, among them Alvaro Ugalde Viquiz. The contribution Alvaro Ugalde made to conservation extends far beyond this one park and the Osa – but he made no secret of the fact that Corcovado was his favorite park and the Osa was...

Uncategorized / 03.06.2016

The banana is one of the most popular fruits in the world. However, since each banana is genetically identical it is highly susceptible to disease. The Osa Verde Farm is able to combat such disease by planting genetically diverse bananas, not using chemical inputs, and maintaining other sustainable practices. By: Holland Cathey The banana. A fruit that we have grown to love, rely on, and ultimately take for granted may be in danger of going extinct.  A seemingly incurable fungus called the Panama Disease is rapidly spreading to plantations around the world...