[Taxacom] Brazil specimen mailing

Robert Louis Zuparko rz at berkeley.edu
Tue Aug 21 12:10:44 CDT 2018


It is still possible to send and receive specimens, but you need a lot more
paperwork to fill out (and attached to the package), along with names and
contact info of the person in Brazil you are dealing with.

Alas, this does seem to be the trend of the future.

Robert Zuparko
Essig Museum of Entomology
1101 Valley Life Sciences Building, #4780
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3112
(510) 643-0804


On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 9:52 AM, joana cristóvão <
suthora_webbiana at hotmail.com> wrote:

> 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
>
>
> http://www.mma.gov.br/patrimonio-genetico/conselho-
> de-gestao-do-patrimonio-genetico/nrmas-do-cgen#resolu%C3%A7%C3%B5es
>
>
> 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
> draconian.
>
> John Grehan
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