Developing countries with a rich biodiversity want to control the use of this natural patrimony, especially in the research of natural compounds of pharmaceutical interest. Here we present the organization of six permanent plots in a mountain tropical forest on the east side of the Andean Cordillera in Bolivia, and their role in the discovery of plants with antiplasmodial or antileishmanial activities. Permanent plots are widely used in ecological survey, but rarely in bioprospecting. This set-up allows Bolivian authorities to control the bioprospecting, and facilitates further chemical studies on the bioactive plants.
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Acknowledgements We thank people of the local communities in the National park of Cotapata, students, the technical staV of the Institute of Ecology and of the biological station Tunquini (University of San Andrés, La Paz) especially Edgar Mayta, Carla Maldonado, Angela Canseco, Cristina Lopez, Ninel Sanjinez and Are-ly Palabral for their technological support. The authors gratefully acknowledge the Wnancial assistance of the French Ministry of Research (Pal +) and the administrative support of the Bolivian Ministry of Rural Development, Farming and Environment (former Ministry for Sustainable Development) and its departments (DGB and SERNAP).
- Mountain forest
- Natural products
- Protected area