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Science students develop project to reproduce endangered orchids

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Q. R. — With three species of orchids being at risk for extinction, science students have developed a way to reproduce and conserve the plant.

Students of the Technological Institute of Felipe Carrillo Puerto have develop a project of in vitro cultivation of orchids for the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. One of the prjoect coordinators, Lizbeth Uc, said that the vitro cultivation is an alternative that will allow the conservation of these species of orchids.

At risk of extinction in the reserve, she says are the fable, mulatto and alata species.

She says the species has suffered an environmental imbalance that has affected the natural environment in the state. She explained that orchids are fundamental for beekeeping, therefore, its important to replant the species throughout the state to ensure an ecological balance.

Students of the Technological Institute of Felipe Carrillo Puerto have spent the past year working on the new cultivation method. The project is sponsored by the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas that helps to preserve the environment and economic activities.