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 of this field trip was to conduct demographic studies of the only known population of this species. This is the most threatened palm species of Haiti. During the expedition DNA samples were collected. The next step will involve collecting seeds for ex situ conservation in botanic gardens. The project is being administrated by FIU-Fairchild faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega and also has the Montgomery Botanical Center as a partner. Image below. Left: individuals of Pseudophoenix lediniana in their natural habitat. Right: team members, left to right - Local guide, Nothude Tilus, William Cinea, Alberto Veloz, and Brett Jestrow.




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