"Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund" supports Conservation Biology Research in Haiti

Monday, January 9, 2012

A team of biologists from the Botanic Garden of Cayes, the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic,  the Montgomery Botanical Center, USDA, and FIU-Fairchild have received a $15,000 grant to perform Conservation Biology studies of the Critically Endangered palm Pseudophoenix lediniana. This species is restricted to a single area in southern Haiti. The project will involve conservation assessments, outreach, environmental education, ex situ conservation, and the establishment of a DNA bank for future conservation genetic studies. Principal Investigators of this project are: William Cinea (Botanic Garden of Cayes), Alberto Veloz (Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic), Brett Jestrow (Fairchild), Patrick Griffith (Montgomery Botanical Center), and Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU-Fairchid).