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Researcher from Peru Performing Palm Histological Research at Montgomery Botanical Center and Botanic Garden of Geneve (Switzerland)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Carlos Martel from Museo de Historia Natural de Lima will be hosted by the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) between February 1st to March 15th. Carlos will be performing his studies with our colleague Larry Noblick (MBC palm biologist) on flower producing-scent structures. The study is being also conducted in collaboration with Fred Stauffer from the Botanic Garden of Geneve (Switzerland). We are pleased that part of this research Carlos will be undertaken using the facilities of the CTPC ...

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Dr. Scott Zona (Curator of Wertheim Conservatory of Florida International University) Joins Plant Identification Workshop

Monday, February 6, 2012

Starting on Friday February 3rd, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Scott Zona [Curator of Wertheim Conservatory of Florida International University (FIU)] will join our Herbarium Curator (Dr. Brett Jestrow) during our monthly plant identification workshops. As a reminder, the first Friday of the month (between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, see additional news in the June 2011 section below) the doors of the herbarium (located at the CTPC, 11935 Old Cutler Road) open to our school teachers and ...

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At last

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Raindrops cling tothis tomato's bottom. What's happier than a tomato in the rain? A whole garden in the rain. And perhaps even happier is this gardener. So we didn't get a cold snap, we got rain instead, and boy has it been a long thirsty stretch. Yellow lawns and droopy staghorn ferns are normal for April/May, not January/February. The tomatoes and broccoli relish the rain, and the bok choi grew visibly overnight. If rain continues for a few days, which is forecast, then we'll...

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William Cinea from Les Cayes Botanic (Haiti) Garden Visits Fairchild

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

William Cinea founder and first Director of Les Cayes Botanic Garden (Haiti) visited Fairchild between January 6 and 7. During this visit he was hosted by Brett Jestrow and Melissa Abdo. One of the main aims of this trip was to plan a workshop on plant systematics of tropical plants, in partnership with the colleagues from the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic. Our herbarium curator Brett Jestrow will be one of the instructors of this workshop. Les Cayes Botanic Garden has ...

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Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega Delivers Talk at The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden

Monday, February 13, 2012

On Thursday February 16th, 2012, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU/Fairchild) delivered a talk at the The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. This was the former home of Dr. David Fairchild. The talk was entitled: "Following the Steps of David Fairchild in the Canary Islands". This talk is the result of a joint research project involving Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Nancy Korber, Janet Mosely, and Marianne Swan) and the Jardin Botanico de la Orotava (Dr. Arnoldo...

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Tropical Biology Symposium at Fairchild

Friday, February 17, 2012

On Saturday February 18th, 2012, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosted its first-ever symposium on tropical biology. The one-day event, which was co-organized by Dr. Kenneth Feeley (FIU/FTBG) and Dr. Albert Uy (University of Miami), featured a series of talks by tropical biologists working at FIU and UM as well as a keynote address by Dr. Scott Robinson of University of Florida. The audience included 120+ scientists, educators, professionals and students all sharing the common goal ...

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The Caribbean Fruit Garden

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Take a step outside your front door on most any day in South Florida and the climate will take you away. Welcome to the Caribbean! Indeed, sometimes with our hectic pace of life here on the mainland we forget the simple fact that for most of the year we are climatically-speaking the greater Caribbean. We share much of our natural world, the plants and the animals, with our island neighbors, and ignoring this fact invites many challenges in your home garden....

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President's Day at FTBG

Monday, February 20, 2012

Great American Egret and blue herons....

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Congratulations to Alex Fernandez

Monday, February 20, 2012

Congratulations to Alex Fernandez, an FTBG high school intern in his junior year at Christopher Columbus High School. He won the Fairchild award and an excellent evaluation for his entry in the South Florida regional science and engineering fair. His project entitled "Does salt accumulate in the fronds of the the mangrove palm Nypa fruitcans was started in my laboratory....

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Dr. Brett Jestrow and Dr. Hong Liu Jointly Develop Activities for FIU Undergraduate Students

Monday, February 27, 2012

In Spring 2012, Dr. Brett Jestrow (curator of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Herbarium), lends a hand to Dr. Hong Liu (FIU-Fairchild Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth and Environment of FIU) with her upper level undergraduate course, Restoration Ecology. Dr. Jestrow joined the class to a pre-restoration site at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus and supervised students in plant collection and identification protocols. Students also had a chance to tour the herbarium ...

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Blooms and roots

Monday, February 27, 2012

This flower is fabulous. The Brownea coccinea ssp. capitella growing next to the Hawkes Lab walkway, has been spectacular this year. Mary Collins, senior horticulturist, said it displayed seven flowers last week. This morning, four flowers and a bud were impressing visitors. There is a helpful sign next to the plant explaining that it is hummingbird pollinated and that its new leaves emerge to resemble a limp handkerchief, giving it the nickname "handkerchief tree." Meanwhile,...

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FIU-Fairchild Alumus Continues Field Research in the Lesser Antilles with the Support of University of Wisconsin, Madison, Many Local Government Agencies, and a Field Assistant from Fairchild

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

FIU-Fairchild graduate alumnus Brian Sidoti (currently a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison) conducted field work in Trinidad, St. Lucia, and Guadeloupe between 2/13/2012 and 2/27/2012. He was accompanied on his trip by Fairchild field botanist Jennifer Possley. The objective of Brian's research is to determine the evolutionary relationships of the Tillandisa fasciculata species complex in the Caribbean basin. His study will incorporate morphological, molecular, and...

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