Director of Herbarium of Jardín Botánico de Puerto Rico Conducts Research in the Fairchild Herbarium and Library

Friday, September 13, 2013

Prof. Eugenio Santiago-Valent n (Director of the Herbarium of the Jard n Bot nico de Puerto Rico and Faculty of the Departamento de Biolog a de Universidad de Puerto Rico, Campus of R o Piedras, San Juan) is visiting (Sept, 1st - 14th) the Fairchild herbarium and library to perform research on taxonomy and nomenclature of several species from Puerto Rico. Prof. Santiago-Valent n's visit is supported by the Center for Applied Ecology and Conservation of...

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Eric Von Wettberg Receives Support from the National Science Foundation

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fairchild researcher and FIU faculty member Eric von Wettberg and his colleagues Doug Cook and Varma Penmetsa at the University of California at Davis were recently awarded an NSF grant for a project entitled: "Deducing the Genomic Footprint and Functional Impact of Chickpea Domestication on Nitrogen Fixation." In this project they aim to understand the dynamics of nitrogen uptake via symbiotic bacteria in the wild progenitors of legume crops and the ways in which human selection has ...

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Director of Museum of Natural History of Jamaica Performs Research at the Science Village

Monday, August 26, 2013

Supported by a grant from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Mrs. Tracy Commock (Director of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica - Institute of Jamaica) is conducting research on the systematics of the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinia (Euphorbiaceae) between August 25 and September 15. Mrs. Tracy Commock is the Principal Investigator of this project. The research is being performed in the FIU-Fairchild Molecular Systematics and the Fairchild Anatomy and Morphology...

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Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Supports Research in Jamaica

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mrs. Tracy Commock (Director of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica) is being supported with a grant from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund to undertake studies pertinent to the systematics and conservation biology of the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinia (Euphorbiaceae). The project is led by Mrs. Tracy Commock and it is being performed in partnership with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Herbarium Curator of Fairchild, Dr. Brett Jestrow) and ...

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FIU-Biology Faculty Organizes Florida Algal Diversity Workshop with Support from Science Village Laboratories

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides, faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences of FIU organized a workshop on Florida Algal Diversity between August 10-13, 2013. The workshop included Dr. Mutue Toyota Fujii (Brazil), Dr. Valeria Cassano (Brazil), Dr. Jhoana D az-Larrea (Mexico), and Dr. Juan Lopez Bautista (Alabama). Three students from FIU and four from Alabama University also joined the workshop. Most of the field work was conducted at the Deering Estate Park. The laboratory...

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Field Work Leading to Plant Genetic Conservation in the Dominican Republic

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Between May 10 and June 5 FIU-FTBG Graduate Student and Coordinator of Conservation of The National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic Mrs. Rosa Rodr guez, performed field work in the Dominican Republic to collect samples for conservation genetic studies of Pseudophoenix species found in this country. The project focused on the Hispaniolan endemic P. vinifera, the Caribbean endemic P. sargentii, and what appears to be a distinct morphological form from northern Dominican Republic....

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center Team Perform Plant Collection in Oahu (The Hawaiian Islands)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Between May 28th and June 6th, a team of botanists and horticulturists from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center travelled to Oahu to collect plants from cultivation. Over 200 accession of seeds and cuttings were collected at the following gardens: Honolulu Botanical Gardens (from Foster Botanical Garden, Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden, and Koko Crater Botanical Garden), University of Hawaii (from the Manoa Campus and Lyon Arboretum), and Waimea Arboretum and ...

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Expanding the Range of Genetic Diversity in Cultivated Chickpea through Introgression with Wild Chickpea

Sunday, May 12, 2013

FIU assistant professor, and FTBG affiliate, Dr. Eric von Wettberg traveled to southeastern Turkey from May 2-11 to identify populations of wild relatives of chickpea. With the support from the Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation, von Wettberg and colleagues Dr. Jens Berger from Western Australia and Doug Cook and Varma Penmetsa from the University of California at Davis visited colleagues Abdullah Kahraman of Harran University, Canan Can of Gaziantep University, and ...

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Symposium on Conservation of Palms from Hispaniola at National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic

Friday, May 10, 2013

As part of Caribbean palm conservation initiatives sponsored by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund a symposium was organized at the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic on May 9th, 2013. Main themes of the symposium were conservation education strategies in botanic gardens and the way forward to protect species of Pseudophoenix in Hispaniola. Particularly the Haitian endemic P. lediniana (Critically Endangered status) and two additional species (P. ekmanii ...

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FIU Graduate Course on Plant Anatomy and Histology Taught at the Science Village Laboratories

Friday, April 12, 2013

Between April 8 and 12, Dr. Andrew Vovides (Director of the Botanic Garden of Xalapa, and Senior Researcher of Instituto de Ecologia A.C., Xalapa, Mexico) and Dr. Brett Jestrow (Herbarium Curator of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) taught a FIU graduate workshop on Plant Morphology and Histology at the Research Laboratories of the Science Village (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden). The workshop was jointly sponsored by FIU and the Garden and also had the collaboration of Montgomery ...

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