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October 2010

Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 10:09:13 AM

 Dr. Eric von Wettberg will be hosting three colleagues who are working with him in projects concerning soil adaptations in legumes. Dr. Maren Friesen (University of South California) and Dr. Ken Moriuchi (University of California at Davis) are visiting on October 8 - 10 to work on data examining salt tolerance in wild alfalfa. Dr. Heidi Huber (Radbound University in
Nijmegan, the Netherlands) will be visiting from Oct 23 until Nov 3, to discuss flooding and salt tolerance in clover.

• Researchers and graduate students from CTPC will participate in three talks that will be delivered at "X Congreso Latinoamericano de Botanica" that will take place at La Serena (Chile) between October 4th and 10th. These presentations will be delivered in symposium on "ADN y la conservación de la diversidad vegetal en América Latina." The talks are presented in collaboration with colleagues from the Caribbean Islands, Galapagos Islands, Mexico, New York Botanical Garden, Montgomery Botanical Center, and USDA (Miami). Our graduate student Nora Oleas will present two of these lectures ["Conservation Genetics of species of Phaedranassa (Amaryllidaceae)" and "Phylogenetic patterns of endangered species from the Caribbean Islands"]. The third lecture will be delivered by Dr. Angelica Cebrian (New York Botanical Garden) and will deal on "DNA tools for ex-situ conservation."

 Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega has been appointed as a member of the "Instituto de Estudios Canarios." Founded in 1932, this institution is the oldest research organization of the Canary Islands and it is supported by the Canary Island Government, the Universidad of La Laguna (Tenerife, Canary Islands), and the "Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas" of Spain.  The formal appointment will take place in December 2010 when Dr. Francisco-Ortega will deliver an institutional talk on "David Fairchild and the Canary Islands."