CATIE stands for, in English, the “Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center,” and is university of high international prestige.
The history of the CATIE starts in the 1940’s, when members of the eighth American Scientific Congress in Washington, D.C. founded the Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Sciences. The Institute was located in Turrialba, but moved its administrative headquarters to another city in the 1960’s. At that time, what is now the CATIE was merely known as the institute’s field-research center. Then, in 1973, the CATIE was formally given its current title. Having been there for over sixty years, the botanical garden of the CATIE houses close to 4,400 plants that represent more than 400 species from all the corners of the globe. An important facet of the CATIE is its efforts to preserve species of plants from all over the world, not just Latin America. One current project is the accumulation of East Asian endangered plant species.
This trip is special for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of tropical botany or just observe the contributions that the CATIE has made to the field. The CATIE is located one kilometer from the centre of Turrialba, and is only a few minutes from Casa Turire.
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