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Plant Exploration on the Island of Mona (Puerto Rico) - Pseudophoenix sargentii

Friday, January 13, 2012

Between January 20 and 23 a team of botanists from Montgomery Botanical Center (Patrick Griffith), Universidad de Puerto Rico (Eugenio Santiago), the Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales of Puerto Rico (Jose Sustache), and FIU-Fairchild (Javier Francisco-Ortega) travelled to the Island of Mona to collect seeds of the palm Pseudophoenix sargentii. The Island of Mona is located between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. The species is extremely rare on this island where fewer than 50...

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"Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund" supports Conservation Biology Research in Haiti

Monday, January 9, 2012

A team of biologists from the Botanic Garden of Cayes, the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic, the Montgomery Botanical Center, USDA, and FIU-Fairchild have received a $15,000 grant to perform Conservation Biology studies of the Critically Endangered palm Pseudophoenix lediniana. This species is restricted to a single area in southern Haiti. The project will involve conservation assessments, outreach, environmental education, ex situ conservation, and the establishment of a ...

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Visit of Dr. Ethan Freid, Botanist of the Bahamas National Trust

Friday, December 30, 2011

This coming year we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the publication of the Flora of the Bahama Archipelago. This seminal work by Fairchild's plant taxonomists Donovan Correll and Helen Correll represented a major milestone in the history of the Garden. In order to preparate some activities to celebrate this event, Dr. Ethan Freid (botanist of the Bahamas National Trust) visited us on December 12. This coming year Fairchild and the Bahamas National Trust will join forces to ...

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Participation in the 9th International Conference on Cycad Biology

Thursday, December 1, 2011

As part of our research activities with cycads we are participating in the 9th International Conference on Cycad Biology (at Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen, China between December 1st and 7th). Our Javier Francisco-Ortega, although was unable to attend this meeting, is co-authoring four papers on: (1) cycad anatomy [presented by Patrick Griffith from Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC)], (2) phylogeography of the Zamia pumila complex in Caribbean Islands and Florida (presented by ...

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Research by Dr. Ken Feeley Highlighted in Cover of Diversity and Distributions

Friday, November 25, 2011

The article "Keep collecting: accurate species distribution modelling requires more collections than previously thought" by FIU-Fairchild Faculty Kenneth Feeley and Miles Silman (Wake Forest University) was published as the cover article in Diversity and Distributions (Volume 17, Issue 6, pages 1132-1140). This paper illustrates how temporally auto-correlated collection biases decrease the accuracy of species distribution models and hence necessitate larger sample sizes....

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Harold Suárez from International Center for Tropical Agriculture Visits Fairchild

Friday, November 11, 2011

Between October 30 and November 11, Harold Su rez from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali (Colombia) will be visiting us. For the last five years Harold has been working at the Biotechnology Unit of CIAT where he has been involved in several projects with oil palm, fodder grasses and legumes. He has an interest in plant molecular systematics and during his visit he learned about our unique palm collections and also interacted with our colleagues from FIU, USDA,...

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Dr. Hong Liu Attends 20th World Orchid Conference

Friday, November 11, 2011

Supported by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden our Dr. Hong Liu is attending the 20th World Orchid Conference at Singapore between 13 and 20th November 2011. Dr. Liu will deliver a talk on "Conserving Wild Orchids in Southwestern China: Buffering the Impact of Global Changes"...

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Team from Botanic Garden of Culiacán (Sinaloa, Mexico) Visits The Garden

Monday, November 7, 2011

Between October 31 and November 1, biologists and associate staff of the Botanic Garden of Culiac n (BGC) (Sinaloa, Mexico) visited the Garden. During this visit a memorandum of understanding with Fairchild was signed and plans for future research/education projects were established. Founded in 1986 this botanic garden has an extraordinary living collections of palms. Image on the left; from left to right: Ing. Carlos Murillo (Director of the BGC), MS Erika Pagaza (Scientific Director of...

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Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega Attends International Workshop to Establish the National Botanic Garden of Haiti

Friday, October 28, 2011

Between October 23 and 25, an international workshop to establish a national botanic garden in Haiti took place at Port-au-Prince. Botanists, environmental biologists, and landscape architects from several botanical gardens/universities from Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, United Kingdom, and USA participated in this meeting. Our Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered a talk on "Developing Patnerships between Universities and Botanic Gardens". During this meeting letters on intent ...

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Dr. Eric Von Wettberg Attends Meeting on Chickpea Genomics at Patancheru (India)

Friday, September 23, 2011

From September 4-7 Dr. Eric von Wettberg was at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Patancheru India to participate in a project meeting on an NSF-Gates Foundation Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) project on chickpea. This collaborative research with the groups of Dr. Doug Cook (PI) at University of California Davis and Dr. Rajeev Varshney (Co-PI) of ICRISAT's Center of Excellence in Genomics aims to use an understanding ...

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