Amazon Biodiversity News

One of the six newly described chameleons from Tanzania

Photos: Top species discoveries from 2023

Scientists named hundreds of new to science species this year, including an electric blue tarantula, two pygmy squids, a silent frog, and some thumb-sized chameleons. These newly uncovered creatures give…
One of the six newly described chameleons from Tanzania

High quality cacao in Amazonia

Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is native to the Amazon rainforest and has been cultivated and consumed throughout the Americas since before Columbus. Cacao can be broadly segregated into to contrasting types…

Coffee and cacao in the Pan Amazon

Coffee and cacao have much in common. Both are descended from understory trees adapted to the low-light conditions of the forest floor. Each have multiple cultivated varieties that differ with…

Biofuels in the Pan Amazon

The spikes in commodity prices in the first decade of the twenty-first century coincided with a global boom in biofuels. The interest in biofuels was motivated allegedly by a concern…
Oil palm fruit collection in a plantation.

Oil palm in the Pan Amazon

Oil palm is highly suited to cultivation in the ecological and climatic conditions of the tropics and its cultivation in South America has expanded steadily over the last three decades.…
Oil palm fruit collection in a plantation.
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