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The Smithsonian and Panama

The Republic of Panama and the Smithsonian maintain close ties through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). STRI's origins date from the construction of the Panama Canal and the scientific interest in controlling insect-borne diseases such as yellow fever and malaria. Today, STRI scientists conduct research on tropical organisms and their role in global biology. STRI trains students in tropical science and actively furthers public awareness of the value of tropical species and the need for conservation.

 

 



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