Joint SEB & APS-CD Meeting Tours and Ticketed Events

Corozal Agricultural Research Station

Monday, March 28: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Price: $25 USD

The Corozal Agricultural Research Station was founded in 1949 and is located between the municipalities of Morovis, Vega Alta, and Corozal. It is one of the University of Puerto Rico's Agricultural Research Stations. The research center focuses on crops and planting techniques typically used on the mountainous region of the island such as plantains, bananas, tubers, and tropical fruit trees. The tour will visit the IR4 pesticide trials on tropical fruit trees and explore other tropical crops grown on the station with research tour guides.

Pre-registration and additional fee required. Proof of vaccination is required.


Rio Piedras Botanical Garden and Research Station

Monday, March 28: 1:00 - 4:00 PM | Price: $25 USD   

Originally founded as a sugar cane research station, The Rio Piedras Botanical Garden and Research Center is a green oasis in the heart of the city. Comprised by 289 acres of preserved flora, the center is a living laboratory for the study of tropical plants and many species of birds. It also serves as a central host for the University of Puerto Rico offices, The Forest Central offices, the Cooperative Extension Urban Garden, and many more.

The tour will include a 1- hour trolley-guided tour, followed by 1-hour of self-exploration to explore this 289 acres of land with over 36,000 specimens. 

Pre-registration and additional fee required. Proof of vaccination is required. 


The Museum of Entomology and Tropical Biodiversity & The Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit

Monday, March 28: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Price: $25 USD   

The "Museo de Entomologia y Biodiversidad Tropical" (MEBT) is one of a group of seven diverse university-based museums within The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) system and contains the oldest and largest active insect collection in Puerto Rico. Since 1910, its insect collection has been located on the grounds of the Agricultural Research Center in Rio Piedras. The rich chronicle of this collection is tied to the history of entomological research in Puerto Rico. It has been fundamental to the island's agricultural development and continues to serve as a unique source of information for students, researchers, and the public at large. During the tour, attendees will explore the laboratory, collection hall, landscape projects, and exhibition halls.

The Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit (PRVCU) is an initiative of the private non-profit organization the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust (PRSTRT). The PRVCU was established to leverage Puerto Rico's capacity to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector for Zika, chikungunya, and dengue viruses in Puerto Rico. The PRVCU focuses on strengthening the capacity for vector control in Puerto Rico as well as implementing vector surveillance, creating innovative information systems, carrying out evaluations of vector control technologies, and boosting community engagement through citizen mobilizations and education programs. Our mission is to protect the people of Puerto Rico from the Aedes aegypti mosquito while educating and empowering everyone to reduce mosquito populations dramatically and sustainably across Puerto Rico. During the tour, attendees will explore the entomology laboratory, field operations, community engagement, and technology platforms.

Pre-registration and additional fee required. Proof of vaccination is required. 


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**Please note that the following activities are NOT scheduled by ESA. They must be self coordinated. 

 

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