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Biofuel Conference at Florida International University - Presentations by Fairchild Challenge Alumni

Monday, August 29, 2011

From Aug 2-6 Dr. Eric von Wettberg was at the Marconi Center on Tomales Bay, CA, attending a meeting to discuss ongoing activities related to the collaborative research project examining salt tolerance in wild alfalfa, Medicago truncatula. Dr. von Wettberg worked on several of the papers that will come from this project, made plans for the future, and enjoyed the best oysters he has ever had. Agroecology Program at Florida International University in partnership with Fairchild...

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Increasing Conservation Awareness for Zamia lucayana in the Bahamas Archipelago

Friday, July 29, 2011

With the financial support of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Conservation Funds and the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) we have just completed the last component of our project for a conservation action plan for the Critically Endangered cycad Zamia lucayana, a species restricted to Long Island (The Bahamas Archipelago). During July 26th - 29th, project participants from The Bahamas National Trust, MBC and FIU - Fairchild joined forces to develop several activities to increase conservation...

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Dr. Joyce Maschinski Joins Board of Directors at The Institute for Regional Conservation

Monday, July 25, 2011

This September, Fairchild's Conservation Ecologist Dr. Joyce Maschinski will join the board of directors of Miami's Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC). A long-time collaborator with Fairchild, IRC is well known for its cutting edge work on regional conservation issues, especially involving rare plants and ecological restoration. Joyce will join IRC's board along with Patty Phares, a founding member and 30-year-volunteer with the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native...

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CTPC Members Participate in Botany 2011 Meeting

Friday, July 22, 2011

At this year's Botanical Society of America - American Society of Plant Taxonomists conference (Botany 2011 at St. Louis Missouri, July 9 - 13), FIU assistant professor and FTBG conservation geneticist Dr. Eric von Wettberg, and FIU-FTBG graduate students Tonya Fotinos, Dr. Nora Oleas (recently graduated), and Emily Warcshefsky presented oral and poster presentations on genetic work to inform conservation on species from South Florida, Equador, and Tunisia. Abstracts of this work are...

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Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega Attends Council Meeting of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists - Botany 2011 Meeting

Friday, July 15, 2011

As one of the six elected members of the Council of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega attended the annual meeting of this Council. The event was part of the Botany 2011 meeting and took place on July 10 at St. Louis, Missouri. Attendance to this meeting was supported by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Image on the left show some of the meeting participants: Javier Francisco-Ortega, Dick Olmstead, Warren Wagner, Carolyn Ferguson, Ken Cameron, Linda...

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Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega Conducts Research at Missouri Botanical Garden

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Supported by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, on July 11 Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega visited the library and herbarium of the Missouri Botanical Garden to consult pre-Linnean works for the Canary Island flora and to obtain herbarium fragments of Acidoton (Euphorbiaceae) and Pilea (Urticaceae). This herbarium material will be used for anatomical and molecular studies relevant for our research on systematics of Caribbean Island endemics. This research is part of team studies being...

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Field Work in the Dominican Republic by FIU/Fairchild Graduate Student in Collaboration with Researchers from Fairchild and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic

Monday, July 11, 2011

FIU/Fairchild Graduate Program alumnus Brian Sidoti and Fairchild biologist Jennifer Possley recently made a successful trip to the Dominican Republic (June 24 - July 7) to collect specimens and data for Brian's research. Brian is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and he is examining the Molecular Systematics and Population Genetics of the Tillandsia fasciculata Complex (Bromeliaceae) in and around the Caribbean Basin. Brian and Jennifer traveled around the DR ...

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Fairchild Challenge High School Students Join Summer Research Internship Program at FIU and CTPC

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Starting in June 20 and during eight weeks, five high school students from the Fairchild Challenge will be participating in a USDA-funded internship with FIU's Agroecology Program to study biofuels. The students will be learning the core techniques with which one can extract fuels from different biological materials, as well as visiting local research and agricultural centers, exploring the environmental costs and consequences of biofuel development and intensification, and thinking ...

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Book on Climate Change and Plant Introduction

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Center for Tropical Plant Conservation has a commitment for research pertinent to the effect of climatic change on plant biodiversity. Indeed, this is one of the main research priorities of our group. As a result of the CTPC research activities in this area our Dr. Joyce Maschinski and Dr. Kristin E. Haskins (Northern Arizona University) have edited a new book entitled "Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate. Promises and Perils". The book presents a comprehensive review of ...

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Dr. Hong Liu and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega visit Beijing Forestry University

Friday, June 24, 2011

Invited by Prof. Hong-Xia Liu and supported by the Dean's Office of FIU and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, our Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega and Dr. Hong Liu visited the College of Forestry of Beijing Forestry University on June 22. Dr. Francisco Ortega delivered a talk entitled: "The Fairchild Education Project: Training the Next Generation of Tropical Botanists". Dr. Hong Liu's talk was on "Orchid Conservation Research". During this visit we reinforced our current research ties with...

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