Rosa Rodríguez is the Head of the Conservation Department of the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic and one of our FIU-FTBG graduate students. The Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awared Rosa Rodríguez with a grant ($10,000) to conduct studies pertinent to conservation biology of Pseudophoenix in the Dominican Republic. The project will be administered through the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic and it will be conducted in collaboration with the Montgomery Botanical Center. Rosa´s graduate studies are supported with fellowships from the Fulbright Program and FTBG. Field research is also being sponsored by the Montgomery Botanical Center. This grant will help Rosa´s graduate research.
FIU-FTBG faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered a talk about his research pertinent to the plant hunting trips of David Fairchild. This presentation took place at the Instituto de Estudios Canarios (La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands) on December 18. During this event a new publication by Dr. Francisco-Ortega entitled "David Fairchild and his Biological Expeditions to the Canary Islands" was presented. Dr. Esperanza Beltran (Departamento de Biologia Vegetal - Universidad de La Laguna) hosted Dr. Francisco-Ortega. Dr. Arnoldo Santos-Guerra (Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias) delivered an introductory talk about the history of plant exploration in the Canaries and the relevance of David Fairchild´s plant hunting trips to these islands. Dr. Wladimiro Rodriguez Brito from the Departmento de Geografía - Universidad de La Laguna wrote an article about this talk in the local newspaper Diario de Avisos. Full text of this article can be found in here.
Botanists from the Cayes Botanic Garden, Haiti (Wiliam Cinea and Nothude Tilus), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Dr. Brett Jestrow), and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (Alberto Veloz) performed field work activities pertinent to the conservation of the Critically Endangered palm Pseudophoenix lediniana. This expedition took place between November 27 and December 5, 2012, and it was supported by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. One of the main aims of this field trip was to conduct demographic studies of the only known population of this species. This is the most threatened palm species of Haiti. During the expedition DNA samples were collected. The next step will involve collecting seeds for ex situ conservation in botanic gardens. The project is being administrated by FIU-Fairchild faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega and also has the Montgomery Botanical Center as a partner. Image below. Left: individuals of Pseudophoenix lediniana in their natural habitat. Right: team members, left to right - Local guide, Nothude Tilus, William Cinea, Alberto Veloz, and Brett Jestrow.
Scientists and horticulturists from the Montgomery Botanical Center (Dr. Chad Husby), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Dr. Brett Jestrow and Mr. Jason Lopez), and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (Mr. Teodoro Clase) joined forces in a plant hunting expedition to the Dominican Republic organized and administered by Montgomery Botanical Center. This expedition was possible thanks to the generous support of Fairchild Trustee Mr. Lin Lougheed. Between 16 and 26 July, 2012 expedition members traveled across the western half of the country. One of the main aims of this field trip was to collect seeds of the palm Sabal domingensis. In addition, the trip resulted in 130 herbarium collections and over one hundred species for the living collections of the participating institutions. Horticultural jewels collected in this trip include material from 14 endemic genera. This trip ties scientific research with the plants growing in botanical gardens.
|Individual of Fuchsia triphylla L. growing in the Cordillera Central. This was the first species of this genus brought into cultivation. Most current cultivars are related to this plant.||Dr. Chad Husby standing near an individual of Sabal domingensis at Puerto Plata, Cordillera Septentional.||Dr. Brett Jestrow (foreground) and Mr. Jason Lopez (background) performing field studies at Cordillera Central.|