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The Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Supports Palm Conservation Initiatives in Haiti

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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 ...

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Plant hunting in the Dominican Republic – A joint expedition between botanists from Miami and Santo Domingo

Monday, December 10, 2012

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, ...

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Montgomery Botanical Center Supports FIU/FTBG Graduate Student

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Montgomery Botanical Center has a strong commitment for graduate education and palm conservation and research. With a $1,000 grant this institution is helping the field work of our FIU/FTBG graduate student Rosa Rodriguez. With this support Rosa will be collecting germplasm and DNA samples of Pseudophoenix sargentii and P. vinifera in the Dominican Republic this coming month. The material will be propagated for ex situ conservation and also will be used for the population genetics studies ...

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Montgomery Botanical Center gives Honorary Appointment to FIU/FTBG Faculty

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FIU/FTBG faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega has received an honorary appointment as a "Honorary Member" from the Montgomery Botanical Center. With this award this institution recognizes the long trajectory of Dr. Francisco-Ortega as a supporter and collaborator of MBC. In addition, this award represents a recognition to the synergy that develops from inter-institutional partnerships. For us in the Garden it is a honor that one of the FIU/FTBG faculty working at Fairchild has received an...

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International Symposium: Celebrating 30 Years of the Flora of the Bahamas: Conservation and Science Challenges

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Bahamas National Trust and The College of The Bahamas in collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida International University, and the New York Botanical Garden organized an international symposium entitled: "Celebrating 30 Years of the Flora of the Bahamas: Conservation and Science Challenges." Over 100 attendees joined the symposium, the vast majority of them were students from the College of The Bahamas. The symposium led to several formal and informal meetings ...

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FIU-Fairchild Presence at 6th International Congress on Legume Genetics and Genomics

Sunday, October 7, 2012

FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Eric von Wettberg and Vanessa Sanchez (FIU -FTBG graduate student) were in Hyderabad, India at the VI International Congress on Legume Genetics and Genomics (October 2 -7). Dr. von Wettberg gave a talk on the phylogeography of South Florida legumes and their symbionts, while both also presented posters on related work. Dr. von Wettberg wasgiven an award for his poster presentation, and Ms. Sanchez was featured in the local newspaper during a conference break to ...

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Graduate Student from the University of Washington Visits Fairchild

Friday, September 21, 2012

Patricia Lu-Irving, graduate student working with Prof. Dick Olmstead in the Department of Biology at The University of Washington visited Fairchild to collect Lantana depressa from our collection and from wild populations for a phylogenetic reconstruction and systematics of the Lantaneae. Thanks to Wyatt Sharber and Dr. Joyce Maschinski for helping Pat locate plants....

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Fairchild biologists make entomological find

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fairchild biologists Devon Powell and Jennifer Possley are now published entomologists. While conducting a plant survey in one of Miami's Environmentally Endangered Lands Preserves in 2009, Devon noted an unfamiliar insect feeding on native poisonwood trees. Jennifer contacted University of Florida Entomologist James Cuda and his colleagues about the species, and a research collaboration was born. A paper entitled "NEW HOST PLANT RECORD FOR THE POISON IVY SAWFLY, ARGE HUMERALIS ...

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FIU-Fairchild Faculty Delivers Talk at Bahamas National Trust

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sponsored by past President of the Bahamas National Trust (Mr. Pericles Maillis), FIU-Fairchild faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered a talk entitled "David Fairchild's Plant Hunting Expeditions to the Bahamas Islands" at The Retreat Gardens, Bahamas National Trust on September 12. During this visit Dr. Francisco-Ortega also met with colleagues from the College of the Bahamasand the Bahamas National Trust to discuss the logistics of the coming symposium "Celebrating 30 Years of ...

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Reception to FIU-Fairchild and UM-Fairchild Graduate Students

Sunday, September 9, 2012

On Saturday September 8th, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosted a reception for graduate students from Florida International University and University of Miami who are performing their research in close association with Fairchild. These students have office and lab facilities at Fairchild and access to all of the resources of the Garden. Prof. Suzanna Rose (Founding Director and Current Director of the School of Integrated Science and Humanity of FIU) delivered the keynote address ...

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