Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Institute of Jamaica Workshop on DNA Methods

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Under the supervision of our Herbarium Curator Dr. Brett Jestrow, botanists from the the Institute of Jamaica (Tracy Commock and Keron Campbell) undertook an intensive workshop on DNA methods for plant biodiversity assessment between May 16th - 18th. The workshop included an introduction to DNA isolation, PCR, and sequencing techniques with an overview of phylogenetic methods and related resources. As a result of the workshop, we achieved our goal of establishing the foundation for ...

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April 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prof. Andrew Vovides, Curator of the Botanic Garden of Xalapa and Researcher of the prestigious Instituto de Ecologia, Mexico visited us between April 7 and 18. During this visit Prof. Vovides taught a FIU graduate workshop in Cytotaxonomy. Prof. Vovides is an authority in cycad biology and botanic garden management. His research focuses primarily on plant cytology, anatomy, histology, and systematics. In 1989-90 he was the first post-doctoral fellow supported by the Montgomery ...

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March 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Our research with Bahamian cycads and recent field trip to the island of Abaco (Michael Calonje from Montgomery Botanical Center, David Knowles from the Bahamas National Trust, and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega from FIU and Fairchild) have been highlighted in "The Tribune" (March 21, 2011), one of the two newspapers that is circulated nationally throughout the Bahamas. The article is entitled: "Exploring the Zamia on Tyloo Cay" and was written by Sara Gilmer from Cruise Abaco. Our gratitude ...

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February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $457,530 grant (award # 1050340) to a team of scientists from Florida International University, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the United States Department of Agriculture, Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) and New York Botanic Garden (Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, Dr. Alan Meerow, Dr. Patrick Griffith, and Dr. Dennis Stevenson, respectively) to conduct evolutionary and conservation genetics studies of the cycad genus Zamia from the...

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January 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dr. Brett Jestrow, our Herbarium Curator (see below) and Francisco Jimenez (Head of the Department of Botany of the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (NBGDR)) have described a new genus for the island of Hispaniola, Garciadelia.(Euphorbiaceae). This genus is being dedicated to Ricardo Garcia (Director of the NBGDR) and it has only four species; all of them extremely rare and on the verge of extinction. One of the species, G. leprosa, is restricted to a single site in...

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December 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Today we pay respects to a dear friend and champion for natural areas in Miami-Dade County. EmilieYoung, who was the first director of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program passed away on December 11, 2010 and was laid to rest at St. Matthew the Apostle Episcopal Church. Those who knew her professionally remembered her as a strong, compassionate, kind, and gracious lady, who dedicated much of her life to protecting the environment in our beautiful county. Few individuals have...

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November 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Between November 24 and November 26 Dr. Javier Francisco Ortega traveled to the Dominican Republic to enhance our current research and educational ties with the National Botanic Garden Dr. Rafael M. Moscoso (NBG-DR). During this visit we worked on a schedule for joint projects for 2011. They include research on conservation biology of endemic species of Pseudophoenix (Arecaceae) and the critically endangered endemic genus Salcedoa (Asteraceae). We also discussed collaborations through ...

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October 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dr. Eric von Wettberg will be hosting three colleagues who are working with him in projects concerning soil adaptations in legumes. Dr. Maren Friesen (University of South California) and Dr. Ken Moriuchi (University of California at Davis) are visiting on October 8 - 10 to work on data examining salt tolerance in wild alfalfa. Dr. Heidi Huber (Radbound University inNijmegan, the Netherlands) will be visiting from Oct 23 until Nov 3, to discuss flooding and salt tolerance in clover. ...

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September 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The research of Dr. Hong Liu and her colleagues from China is being highlighted in the latest issue of Science (Volume 239, 24 September 2010, by R. Stone). The results of this team have important implications in the field of climatic change and orchid conservation, particularly in implementing colonization as a management procedure. On the right: the cover photo of this article showing the area near the Yachang Orchid Preserve. Photo credit: R. Stone. The September issue of...

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August 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Visiting Dr. Hong Liu this week and next (August 10-18) are two researchers, Drs. Zhenhai Liang and Lei Wang, both from the Jiangsu Academy of Forestry, Nanjing, China. Drs. Liangand Wang are collaborating with Dr. Liu on the GIS habitat analysis of wild orchids at the Yachang Orchid Nature Reserve (China). While in Miami, they are also interested in learning about the Florida coastal ecosystems and the Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program as they are involving in the...

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