Primavera IZAGUIRRE de Artucio holds a degree from the Faculty of Agronomy of the Universidad de la República, Uruguay where she taught botany from 1960 to 1994, retiring as Full Professor. She continues working at the Faculty on the taxonomy of the regional flora and is directing post-graduate theses, mostly on subjects related to the conservation of native species and the preservation of wild habitats. She has travelled frequently throughout South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay) collecting and studying the neotropical flora. Has attended many meetings and congresses mostly for revision of herbaria of different taxa, in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Sweden and the USA. She has been invited as a speaker to the VI Latin American Congress of Botany in Argentina, was a visiting professor at the University of Califonia-Davis (USA) and has received research and travel support from UNESCO, SAREC, OAS and other private foundations. She has been a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission-South American Group and since 1999 has been a member of the Flora Neotropic Group. Among other projects under her leadership she has been working - financed by SIDA - on Native Legumes of Uruguay and Neighbouring Countries, including taxonomy, ecology and forage production potential. Her work initially focused on native pastures research and gradually moved towards taxonomical and reproductive behaviour of the legumes of the natural meadows. She has published more than 30 technical papers, presented more than 42 papers at international congresses and published two books, with two more under preparation.