|Montgomery Botanical Center has a strong commitment for graduate education and palm conservation and research. With a $1,000 grant this institution is helping the field work of our FIU/FTBG graduate student Rosa Rodriguez. With this support Rosa will be collecting germplasm and DNA samples of Pseudophoenix sargentii and P. vinifera in the Dominican Republic this coming month. The material will be propagated for ex situ conservation and also will be used for the population genetics studies that Rosa will be performing for her Master degree. Florida International University, the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic, and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden appreciate this grant. We value the commitment of the Montgomery Botanical Center to promote international research/educational partnerships with botanists from the Caribbean Islands. Image below: Rosa Rodriguez (left) and Dr. Patrick Griffith, Executive Director of Montgomery Botanical Center (right).|
FIU/FTBG faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega has received an honorary appointment as a "Honorary Member" from the Montgomery Botanical Center. With this award this institution recognizes the long trajectory of Dr. Francisco-Ortega as a supporter and collaborator of MBC. In addition, this award represents a recognition to the synergy that develops from inter-institutional partnerships. For us in the Garden it is a honor that one of the FIU/FTBG faculty working at Fairchild has received an appointment from the botanical institution named after Robert and Nell Montgomery. As our founding father, Colonel Robert H. Montgomery provided the inspiration that has driven Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden since its establishment in 1938.