[Taxacom] Brazil specimen mailing

joana cristóvão suthora_webbiana at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 21 11:52:22 CDT 2018

Hi John,

Im currently doing my PhD in Brazil (Mato Grosso) with Dr Fernando Vaz de Mello and we have definitely heard of this....

The borders are not shut down. We are still receiving specimens and sending them.
The problem is that they have passed a law that was mainly meant for genetic research but currently also includes morphology work.

This is still very new for everyone but it seems it will include a lot of bureaucracy. If you want to use specimens (even if it’s just the one) from Brazil they will have to have their data input onto SisGen (and they require a lot of it, even coordinates).

It seems like if you look at a specimen you are accessing it’s Brazilian genetic heritage.

It will make any sort of work that includes morphology very bureaucratic especially for Brazilian colleagues. However, they are still fixing some problems on the platform and, as far as I know, we haven’t had to start with this yet.

Also, their problem is that they seem to also  want us all to input this sort of data for published papers since at least 2015? Or earlier? I’m not sure yet...

Your Brazilian colleagues should have answers as soon as they know what to do, I’m sure.

We also think the people worst affected will be ecologists and microbiologists... if they are required to input all their specimens into SisGen I’m sure it will take as long or longer than their actual project...

Fernando says that, as it stands, pressure from our international colleagues will most definitely help reducing this upcoming bureaucracy!

Best wishes,

Fernando and Joana


On 21 Aug 2018, at 11:15, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com<mailto:calabar.john at gmail.com>> wrote:

I recently heard from a colleague in Brazil that the country has
effectively been turned into an island due to new legislation that prevents
receive anything from other countries or to send/send back material
overseas. The borders are now totally closed. Has anyone on TAXACOM heard
about this? It would seem to be the death knell for international work. The
wall setup against sending specimens into the country is even more

John Grehan
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