Head of Fairchild Herbarium Makes Research Trip to Eleuthera

Monday, March 25, 2013

As part of our research program on conservation biology of the palm genus Pseudophoenix on the Caribbean Islands, Dr. Brett Jestrow (Head of the Fairchild Herbarium) traveled to the island of Eleuthera (The Bahamas) between March 18 and 21. The visit was jointly sponsored by the Mohamend Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (Eleuthera). During this visit Dr. Jestrow delivered a seminar (see flyer below) and collected both germplasm and DNA samples of P. sargentii.  The germplasm will be incorporated to the living ex situ collections of the Montgomery Botanical Center with duplicates to be sent to other botanical institutions. DNA samples will be analyzed by FIU-FTBG graduate student  Ms. Rosa Rodriguez for her research. Dr. Ethan Freid hosted Dr. Jestrow during this trip.




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