Freshwater biological research in Mexico: A brief historical review

Alcocer-Durand, Javier and Escobar-Briones, Elva G. (1991) Freshwater biological research in Mexico: A brief historical review. Freshwater Forum, 1(2), pp. 109-114.

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Apart from a couple of early papers in the 1600s, the development of freshwater biology as a science in Mexico began in the last century. Taxonomic studies were made especially on algae, aquatic insects, crustaceans, annelid worms and aquatic plants. The great impetus acquired by limnology in Europe and America in the first half of the 20th Century stimulated foreign researchers to come and work in Mexico. During this period the Instituto de Biologia, belonging to the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, was created in 1930. The Institute had a section of Hydrobiology that contributed to the limnological characterization of Mexican lakes and ponds. In 1962, the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Biologico-Pesqueras was created to bring together the work of several institutes working on the native ichthyofauna, the restocking of reservoirs, and aquaculture.

Item Type: Article
Title: Freshwater biological research in Mexico: A brief historical review
Personal Creator/Author:
Alcocer-Durand, Javier
Escobar-Briones, Elva G.
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 1
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 109-114
Date: 1991
ISSN: 0961-4664
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Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: freshwater ecology; mexico; freshwater organisms; historical account; research institutions; taxonomy
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 4523
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2010 15:10
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:16

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