The Botanical Institute, 100 years of science

An incredible article on the centenary of the Botanical Institute – now the IRBV – has just been published in UdeM Nouvelles. The article covers the years preceding the foundation of the Institute in 1920 as well as its early formative years. It includes bits of interviews with our professors Luc Brouillet, Jacques Brisson and Anne Bruneau.

Read the article (in French) and see its fascinating archive photos at the following link.

Two botanist positions open

The division of research and scientific development of the Montreal Botanical Garden is seeking to fill two open positions of full time botanist/researcher.


  • specialized in fields such as phytopathology, host-pathogens and symbiotic interactions, biological control, microbiology, etc.

Botanist/tree biologist

  • specialized in fields such as forestry, urban ecology, sylviculture, agroforestry or arboriculture, in a context of climate change and protection of biodiversity.

Applications can be submitted via the City of Montreal’s jobs website, under the section professional jobs/botanist.

Étienne Laliberté publishes in Science

Our collegue Étienne Laliberté has an article for which he is co-author just published in the prestigious magazine Science. The article, titled Plants sustain the terrestrial silicon cycle during ecosystem retrogression, stems from research done in Autralia on soil chronosequence and the development of ecosystems. For this particular article, the authors were interested in the global silicon cycle and the control of vegetation over it.

Read: the article, a perspective on it as well as an article in UdeM Nouvelles (in French).

Fungi and bacteria linked to the development of wild blueberries

UdeM Nouvelles has published an article on Mohamed Hijri and his Ph.D. student Simon Morvan who have recently discovered that specific fungi and bacteria are closely linked to the successful development of wild blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium), a species that appears, lives and multiplies in harsh environmental conditions. Their research explains how this species is found in acidic soils that are poor in nutrients.

Read the article (in French) here.

The IRBV now a member of QuébecInnove

The IRBV was just accepted as a new research member at QuébecInnove, a networking business for companies in the fields of research and innovation.

Thanks to the expertise of its 14 000 researchers and experts within its 125 active members in research, QuébecInnove, a non-profit organisation, helps over 500 companies every year finding expertise and financing useful to their growth. Being neutral and unifying, QuébecInnove relies on 80 ambassador members as well as many partners able to bring together players to stimulate innovation everywhere in Quebec.

The IRBV is turning 100!

According to the meticulous research conducted by our collegue Jacques Brisson, the IRBV has turned 100 today, 24 August!

This was revealed through the discovery of an archived letter confirming the hiring of Marie-Victorin as a professor of Botany at the Université de Montréal.

Unfortunately, the pandemic has forced us to postpone the celebrations to a later date.

Happy 100th anniversary to our institute!

Phyllotactic Patterns by Denis Barabé and Christian Lacroix

Phyllotaxy, the arrangement of leaves on an axis or stem, has been a subject of interest to botanist and mathematicians for a long time. For many years now, this phenomena has also been analysed using methods stemming from molecular biology and biophysics. In “Phyllotactic Patterns: A Multidisciplinary Approach”, Denis Barabé (emeritus researcher at the IRBV) and Christian Lacroix (professor at the University of Prince Edward Island) have published a synthesis of types of models published in the last 25 years.

The book was recently published at World Scientific:

The IRBV among finalist candidates for the ESTim 2020 contest

The IRBV is among the finalist candidates for the ESTim 2020 contest (in the ‘Sustainable developement project’ category) from the Eastern Montreal Chamber of Commerce.

It’s the Phytovalix project
which was submitted for the contest. It involves researchers Michel Labrecque, Frédéric Pitre, Joan Laur and Patrick Benoist, as well as Polytechnique professor Yves Comeau. The winner will be announced on 1 October.

Anne-Lise Routier receives an important CFI grant

Congratulations to Anne-Lise Routier who has just obtained a grant of $497 000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation – “Multi-Scale Biomechanics and Advanced Imaging Laboratory”. The grant will be used to expand our microscopy platform. Anne-Lise has also recently received two grants from the FRQNT, one titled “Relation entre la croissance et la prolifération des cellules du méristème apical chez Arabidopsis thaliana” (Young Researcher) and “Comment la forme des fruits est contrôlée chez les Brassicacées” (team project in collaboration with Daniel Kierzkowski and Simon Joly).