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Research on Buccaneer Palm Featured on the Cover of "Palms"

Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 10:58:15 PM

Funded by the International Palm Society, and the Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation of the Universidad de Puerto Rico, botanists from Montgomery Botanical Center (Patrick Griffith),  Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (Eugenio Santiago-Valentin), Departmento de Recursos Naturales de Puerto Rico (Jose Sustache-Sustache), and FIU-Fairchild (Javier Francisco-Ortega) performed field studies pertinent to the conservation of Pseudophoenix sargentii on Mona Island, Puerto Rico. Results of this study have been recently published in an article in the journal Palms by Santiago-Valentin et al. (Vol. 56: 70-90). The research is being highlighted in the cover of this journal (see image on the left). Two graduate students (Cielo Figuerola-Hernandez and Jose Fumero-Caban) from the Universidad de Puerto Rico also were involved in this research. The Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation of the Universidad de Puerto Rico is funded by the National Science Foundation (HRD 0734826). Patrick Griffith was the PI of the International Palm Society grant; Eugenio Santiago-Valentin and Javier Francisco-Ortega were the co-PIs of this grant


FIU-Fairchild Scientists Visit South China Botanic Garden

Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 05:00:54 AM

Hosted by Dr. Faguo Wang, our FIU-Fairchild Researchers Dr. Hong Liu and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered two research talks at the South China Botanic Garden (the Chinese Academy of Sciences). During this visit Dr. Liu and Dr. Francisco-Ortega developed plans for future research/educational projects focusing on molecular phylogenetics, conservation biology, and orchid biology. Left image: Dr. Faguo Wang, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, and Dr. Hong Liu (left to right). Bottom image: left: Dr. Hong Liu delivering her presentation on "Fates of Wild Orchids Transplanted to Higher Elevation in the Yachang Orchid Nature Reserve and their Implications to Conservation of Rare Species in the Face of Global Changes". Image on the bottom right Dr. Francisco-Ortega delivering his talk entitled: "Plant Biodiversity and Molecules in the Caribbean Island Biodiversity Hotspot"  


FIU-Fairchild Graduate Student Receives Research Grant

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 06:48:45 PM

  Our FIU-Fairchild graduate student Emily Warschefsky  has been awarded with a $1,500 grant from the Florida Native Plant Society to perform research on a project entitled "Determining parentage and ploidy of hybrid Tillandsia: Achieving a better understanding of Florida’s native plant diversity". Emily is persuing her Ph.D. degree under the supervision of  Dr. Eric Von Wettberg. Emily's proposal target two hybrid species: Tillandsia x smalliana and T. x floridana and it aims to use molecular and cytological tools to verify the hybrid parentage of these taxa. Futher details of the proposal can be found in here.