Graduate Student from Harvard University Visits Fairchild to Collect Plant Material from the Bahamian Plot

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Bahamian Plot of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides an example of the vision that Dr. David Fairchild and Col. Robert Montgomery had for our Garden. The plot was established as a result of extensive plant exploration in the Bahamas Islands to produce the flora of this archipelago. This plot has unique plants that provide extraordinary opportunities for research. Luke Nikolov a graduate student from Harvard University, traveled to our Garden specifically to collect and examine material from Pera bumeliifolia (Euphorbiaceae). The species is part of our living collection of Bahamian plants and it was originally collected from Nassau in 1964 by former FTBG director John Popenoe. Luke’s Ph.D. focuses on floral development and he is using both molecular and traditional tools within the Euphorbiaceae. During this visit Luke was hosted by our Brett Jestrow.  Image on the right: Luke is inspecting a flowering branch of Pera bumeliifolia.


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