INPA (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia)
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil


 Cook College - Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA


Goal: To enhance and develop international collaborative programs between researchers at INPA and Rutgers, two universities with similar research foci, and one in the tropics and the other in the temperate zone. This will be done by developing student exchange, technological training, exchange visits with research experience components, collaborative grant proposals to Brazilian and US federal agencies, and other international interactions.

The National Institute of Amazonian Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa da Amazônia – INPA), organ under the direct administration of the Ministry of Science and Technology (Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia – CNPq), was created in 1952, to generate, promote and divulge scientific and technological knowledge about the Brazilian Amazon. To carry out this mission, INPA undertakes the scientific study of the environment and life conditions in the Amazon region for the conservation and sustainable development of the natural resources in benefit, principally, of the regional population. more information
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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, consists of several colleges and campuses.  Cook College is the part that includes environment, ecology and evolution, food and nutrition, plant and animal science, wetlands, entomology, microbiology, Human ecology, and marine and coastal sciences.  (More information on Rutgers can be found at and for Cook College at ).

Contact persons for INPA - Rutgers initiative:

Dr. Adrian M. Pohlit
Coordenação de Pesquisas em Produtos Naturais-CPPN
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia-INPA
Avenida André Araújo, 2936; Bairro: Petrópolis
69083-000 Manaus-Amazonas-Brazil
phone/fax +55 92 643-3177 or

Dr. Lena Struwe
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources/ Dept. of Plant Biology and Pathology
Rutgers University - Cook College
237 Foran Hall, 59 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551, USA
phone: (732) 932-9711 ext. 235, fax: (732) 932-9441  

Images from INPA, Manaus, Brazil (research and nature)

Images from Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA (research and nature)

Presentation given by: Dr. Lena Struwe, 11 July 2003 at INPA
Collaborative research possibilities with scientists at Cook College-Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA – a state university with natural products, agricultural, and environmental programs
Rutgers University is the State University of New Jersey, which is located on the East coast of United States in New Brunswick, NJ, close to New York City.  Rutgers University provides undergraduate and graduate education to over 50 000 students per year, as well as world-quality research in many different scientific disciplines.  Cook College is the land-grant part of Rutgers University that houses agricultural, environmental, and natural product sciences. Several researchers at Cook College are interested in the possibilities to collaborate with colleagues at INPA, including research in Animal Sciences, Biotechnology, Ecology, Evolution, Entomology, Food Science, Nutritional Science, Plant Pathology, and Plant Science. This presentation (smaller file) is an overview of some of the research that is performed at Cook College by researchers with an interest in Brazilian collaborations. 

Click here for a list of Rutgers faculty interested in collaborations with INPA colleagues (Excel file).



Current collaborative research projects:

Lena Struwe (Rutgers) and Adrian M. Pohlit (INPA):
"Trilingual field guide to the anti-malarial plant group Tachia" , downloadable as pdf

Lena Struwe & Kate Lepis (Rutgers), Jose Pirani & Maria Fernanda Calio (USP, Sao Paulo), and Rogerio Gribel, Bruce Nelson, Cid Ferreira, and Maristerra Lemel (INPA)
"Neotropical biogeography using phylogeny, ecology, and GIS in the plant family Gentianaceae"