Second facility opens in Mar del Plata
Argentina's network of iBOL reference laboratories is taking shape with the opening of a new facility in the Marine Sciences Department at the National University of Mar del Plata.
The lab will focus on aquatic biodiversity - mainly sampling marine fish and invertebrates but also some freshwater species. The work will be overseen by long-time iBOL collaborator Juan Diaz de Astarloa.
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This is the second of five iBOL labs being funded by Argentina's National Council of Scientific and Technical Research(CONICET), joining the lab located at the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aries.
The other three will open soon at:
– the Northeastern Botanical Institute (IBONE) in Corrientes, processing mostly plants tissues.
– the Patagonian National Centre (CENPAT) in Puerto Madryn, processing the marine and continental Patagonian fauna; and
– the Biodiversity and Environment Research Institute (INIBIOMA) in Bariloche City, mostly processing the freshwater fauna of the Andean rivers and lake ecosystems as well as the terrestrial fauna of the Patagonian Andes.