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Beautifully grown plants on display

Friday, June 3, 2011

Every year, the Tropical Fern and Exotic Plant Society show features exceptionally well grown specimens including ferns, begonias, aroids, orchids and bromeliads. It's a plant lovers feast, really, and a chance to see how lovely tropical plants can look when given expert care. This year, it's hard to find an imperfect leaf. Many blue ribbons flutter among the fronds and flower spikes. Here are some really lovely examples: Elegant in its simplicity is thisAnthurium faustomirandae. ...

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Plant Identification Monthly Workshops to Fairchild Challenge School Teachers and Garden Members

Friday, June 17, 2011

Led by our Herbarium Curator Dr. Brett Jestrow, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts a monthly workshop where Fairchild Challenge School Teachers and Garden Members can bring their plants to have them identified. This workshop aims to enhance the public appreciation for our unique flora and also to increase awareness for those invasive species that threaten the ecosystems of South Florida. The workshops take place the first Friday of every month at the Center for Tropical Plant...

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Visiting Scientist, Dr. James J. Valdés Develops Plant Anatomy Research at Fairchild

Monday, June 20, 2011

Plant anatomy is an integral part of the Garden and some of the mostimportant scientific contributions of Fairchild have been in thisfield (see below May News on the publication of the book Palm Anatomy by Tomlinson et al. 2011). Dr. James J. Valdes, a graduate from Florida International University with ample experience inmolecular biology, bioinformatics and histology, is visiting usbetween April and August to develop plant histological methods. Priorto visiting us, Dr....

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National Pollinator Week

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A bee at work. How many pollinators are you caring for? How many can you name? Flies, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, digger bees, bumble bees, beetles, bats, moths, even lemurs are pollinators. But they are disappearing. So a few years ago, in response to the The Forgotten Pollinator Campaign, Congress set aside a week to focus on the big and little creatures that turn flowers into fruit, and put food on our table. Allow a few wildflowers and weeds to remain in the yard for the native bees ...

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A sigh of relief, maybe

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Along the coast, we've been in a rain shadow for weeks. The interior and western suburbs have received downpours yet we parch on. So last Sunday's rain gave new life to some struggling tropical plants, especially the calatheas, which were practically panting last week in my garden. A calathea species refreshedby rain. Monday morning in the Fairchild Conservatory, the calatheas were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with delicate flowers tentatively poking their noses out for air....

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Dr. Hong Liu and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega visit Beijing Forestry University

Friday, June 24, 2011

Invited by Prof. Hong-Xia Liu and supported by the Dean's Office of FIU and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, our Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega and Dr. Hong Liu visited the College of Forestry of Beijing Forestry University on June 22. Dr. Francisco Ortega delivered a talk entitled: "The Fairchild Education Project: Training the Next Generation of Tropical Botanists". Dr. Hong Liu's talk was on "Orchid Conservation Research". During this visit we reinforced our current research ties with...

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Book on Climate Change and Plant Introduction

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Center for Tropical Plant Conservation has a commitment for research pertinent to the effect of climatic change on plant biodiversity. Indeed, this is one of the main research priorities of our group. As a result of the CTPC research activities in this area our Dr. Joyce Maschinski and Dr. Kristin E. Haskins (Northern Arizona University) have edited a new book entitled "Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate. Promises and Perils". The book presents a comprehensive review of ...

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Fairchild Challenge High School Students Join Summer Research Internship Program at FIU and CTPC

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Starting in June 20 and during eight weeks, five high school students from the Fairchild Challenge will be participating in a USDA-funded internship with FIU's Agroecology Program to study biofuels. The students will be learning the core techniques with which one can extract fuels from different biological materials, as well as visiting local research and agricultural centers, exploring the environmental costs and consequences of biofuel development and intensification, and thinking ...

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Coffee grounds at work

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Coffee grounds and coffee "tea" may be an answer to controlling the deadly cycad scale and mealybugs, warding off grasshoppers and even killing mosquito larvae. For the past several years, the Internet has been abuzz with stories about the effects of used coffee grounds on cycad scale that devastated ornamental cycads called the queen and king sago. Tom Broome, the newly elected president of The Cycad Society, brought the story to the recent Cycad Day at the garden. Broome, who owns...

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