Lichens in Patagonia have their Book

Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco - Facultad de Ciencia Naturales - Sede Puerto Madryn

December 17, 2012 | 4 ′ 30 ′′


Lichens in Patagonia have their Book


The BS Oscar Pérez de la Torre, specialist in Biological Sciences wrote the book “Lichens of the province of Chubut”, which won the first place of the competition of the Editorial Fund of Chubut in 2009 and is in edition stage. The book, where there are included images and information about the variety of plants of the autochthonous landscape, will be very useful for the different levels of the educational system.

After many years in university teaching, the BS Pérez de la Torre states that “there are just a few students who are interested in Botany”; the reason is that Young people are “more attracted by zoology”. Through the spread of his publications the author seeks that “students realize that plants are a very important part of our lives and that they are also living and useful organisms”.

Lichens are organisms which emerge from the symbiosis between a fungus called mycobiont and an algae called phycobiont; they are exceptionally resistant organisms to adverse environmental conditions and capable of colonizing the most diverse environments. “This book is half investigation and half teaching”, explained to Argentina Investiga Pérez de la Torre and added: “I like spread, as the function of knowledge is to be transmitted, the non transmission of knowledge is a selfish situation”.

It is the second work of Pérez de la Torre which wins the annual competition done by the Editorial Fund, together with the Institute of Social Assistance of the province of Chubut. In 2008, the researcher was rewarded by the work “Flora of the fauna reservation of Punta Loma (a natural reservation located in Puerto Madryn, Chubut)”, in the area of Spread in Natural Sciences, in which he enunciates the different uses that native populations, as well as Welsh colonies, gave to plants. This is the case of jarilla which, according to the author, it was used by Welsh people for the hair. This species is an evergreen shrub which lives in different areas of the Patagonia.

Regarding the work of the Editorial Fund, Pérez de la Torre, remarked the distribution task it develops, as he stated that “it is a very good policy, as many exemplars of the books printed go to the libraries around the province”.

Given the work’s exhaustiveness and the information it provides, it might be considered interesting for the educational system and permanent reference material for the students and teachers of primary, high school and university levels. It has a general introduction with many illustrations followed by a more scientific section with descriptions and pictures.

The book suggests the training experience offered by tourist guides of the zone of Lobería in Punta Loma. Although it is focused in this sector, the researcher remarks that in the work he reveals the variety of plants which compose the autochthonous landscape. It is written in simple language, although this doesn’t prevent the incorporation of a glossary of terms located at the end of the text.

The author

The BS Oscar Horacio Pérez de la Torre worked in the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, where he was an advisor in the Department of Vegetal Biology II, School of Pharmacy, and in the Department of Vegetal Biology, School of Biology of the University of Murcia, after the invitation he received from the Ministery of Education and Science of Spain. In 2000 he received the prize “Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century. In honour of an outstanding contribution in the field of Botany” of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.

Besides, De la Torre created an Intranet in the Center of Calculations of the Seat Puerto Madryn of the University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco, as well as a blog and a social network on the Internet, where he publishes the subject’s material.

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