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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 ...

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FIU-Biology Faculty Organizes Florida Algal Diversity Workshop with Support from Science Village Laboratories

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides, faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences of FIU organized a workshop on Florida Algal Diversity between August 10-13, 2013. The workshop included Dr. Mutue Toyota Fujii (Brazil), Dr. Valeria Cassano (Brazil), Dr. Jhoana D az-Larrea (Mexico), and Dr. Juan Lopez Bautista (Alabama). Three students from FIU and four from Alabama University also joined the workshop. Most of the field work was conducted at the Deering Estate Park. The laboratory...

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Field Work Leading to Plant Genetic Conservation in the Dominican Republic

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Between May 10 and June 5 FIU-FTBG Graduate Student and Coordinator of Conservation of The National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic Mrs. Rosa Rodr guez, performed field work in the Dominican Republic to collect samples for conservation genetic studies of Pseudophoenix species found in this country. The project focused on the Hispaniolan endemic P. vinifera, the Caribbean endemic P. sargentii, and what appears to be a distinct morphological form from northern Dominican Republic....

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center Team Perform Plant Collection in Oahu (The Hawaiian Islands)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Between May 28th and June 6th, a team of botanists and horticulturists from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center travelled to Oahu to collect plants from cultivation. Over 200 accession of seeds and cuttings were collected at the following gardens: Honolulu Botanical Gardens (from Foster Botanical Garden, Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden, and Koko Crater Botanical Garden), University of Hawaii (from the Manoa Campus and Lyon Arboretum), and Waimea Arboretum and ...

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Expanding the Range of Genetic Diversity in Cultivated Chickpea through Introgression with Wild Chickpea

Sunday, May 12, 2013

FIU assistant professor, and FTBG affiliate, Dr. Eric von Wettberg traveled to southeastern Turkey from May 2-11 to identify populations of wild relatives of chickpea. With the support from the Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation, von Wettberg and colleagues Dr. Jens Berger from Western Australia and Doug Cook and Varma Penmetsa from the University of California at Davis visited colleagues Abdullah Kahraman of Harran University, Canan Can of Gaziantep University, and ...

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Symposium on Conservation of Palms from Hispaniola at National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic

Friday, May 10, 2013

As part of Caribbean palm conservation initiatives sponsored by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund a symposium was organized at the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic on May 9th, 2013. Main themes of the symposium were conservation education strategies in botanic gardens and the way forward to protect species of Pseudophoenix in Hispaniola. Particularly the Haitian endemic P. lediniana (Critically Endangered status) and two additional species (P. ekmanii ...

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FIU Graduate Course on Plant Anatomy and Histology Taught at the Science Village Laboratories

Friday, April 12, 2013

Between April 8 and 12, Dr. Andrew Vovides (Director of the Botanic Garden of Xalapa, and Senior Researcher of Instituto de Ecologia A.C., Xalapa, Mexico) and Dr. Brett Jestrow (Herbarium Curator of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) taught a FIU graduate workshop on Plant Morphology and Histology at the Research Laboratories of the Science Village (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden). The workshop was jointly sponsored by FIU and the Garden and also had the collaboration of Montgomery ...

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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 ...

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FIU-FTBG Faculty Performs Academic Visit to University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras

Friday, March 22, 2013

Invited by Dr. Eugenio Santiago-Valent n our FIU-FTBG Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega visited the Department of Biology of University of Puerto Rico at R o Piedras to develop joint academic and research activities. During this visit Dr. Francisco-Ortega delivered two lectures in an upper division course on Island Biodiversity and Biogeography that is taught by Prof. Eugenio Santiago-Valent n. Dr. Francisco-Ortega is a member of the graduate committee of Mrs. Nirzka...

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Contributions to USDA Community Day

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Once a year the Subtropical Horticulture Research Station of the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) located at Chapman Field opens its doors to the public. The event, known as Community Day, took place on March 16 and two FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega and Dr. Hong Liu delivered two popular talks entitled "David Fairchild in the Bahamas" and "Dress to impress -- how orchids attract their diverse pollinators". Dr. Liu and ...

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