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 Florida International University (FIU-FTBG faculty, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega).The project has a strong plant exploration component and between  August 4th - 14th field studies were conducted. Team members included Mrs. Tracy CommockDr. Brett Jestrow, and Mr. Keron Campbell (botanist and curator of the herbarium of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica). During this field trip samples for DNA, anatomical, and morphological studies were collected from eight species of Dendrocousinia and closely related relatives. Images from top to bottom: Fruiting plant of D. fasciculata; male plant of D. fasciculata; from left to right T. Commock, B. Jestrow, and K. Campbell at Peckham Woods, Clarendon; B. Jestrow and T. Commock collecting plant material at Bubby Hill; Ouaco Rock (only known locality for Sebastiania lesteri (Euphorbiaceae)); field assistant Adolf Malcolm collecting material of S. crenulata); and flowering plant of Portlandia harrisii (Rubiaceae).




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