La Terre vue du coeur, a documentary

The Hubert Reeves documentary titled “La terre vue du coeur” (Earth Viewed From The Heart) is being shown at the Beaubien Cinema from the 13th of April to the 9th of May (and possible longer). This documentary about the preservation and renewal of biodiversity includes interviews with many authors, philosophers, militants and scientists such as the IRBV’s Michel Labrecque who incidentally will be answering questions following two showings, on April 13th 7:30pm and April 15th 2:45pm.

For more information on the documentary, to view an excerpt or for the showings schedule, see

This article recently published in Le Devoir also has information on the film.

The Université de Montréal honours its employees

The Université de Montréal has honoured its employees having cumulated 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of service, in a ceremony held on April 4th. Three of these employees are from the IRBV:

  • Lucie Campeau, coordinator, 40 years of service
  • Luc Brouillet, professor, 35 years of service
  • Denis Lauzer, lab coordonnator, 30 years of service

For more on the ceremony, have a look at this article published in UdeM Nouvelles (article is in French).

The IRBV in UdeM Nouvelles

The contents of an article recently published in Microbiome by researchers of the IRBV with collaborators is the subject of a new article in UdeM Nouvelles. The article, titled “Trees, fungi and bacteria: tripartite metatranscriptomics of a root microbiome responding to soil contamination”, was published by IRBV researchers Michel Labrecque, Marc St-Arnaud, Simon Joly and Frédéric Pitre, IRBV postdocs and assistants Nicholas Brereton, Julie Marleau and Werther Guidi Nissim as well as researchers from McGill University. Nicholas Brereton from the IRBV was one of the people interviewed for the article.

Read in UdeM Nouvelles: “Quand les plantes, les champignons et les bactéries s’unissent pour décontaminer les sols“.

2018 Pehr-Kalm grants from the Friends of the Montreal Botanical Garden

The Friends of the Montreal Botanical Garden are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Pehr-Kalm grants.

First prize M.Sc.: Philippe Heine
Second prize M.Sc.: Frédéric Dwyer-Samuel

First prize Ph.D.: Aymeric Yanitch
Second prize Ph.D.: Gongyu Lin

Again this year the members of the jury were very impressed with the efforts put in by students in popularizing their research results.

The Friends of the Montreal Botanical Garden are proud to support IRBV students in the pursuit of their studies and hope that this experience will encourage them to keep sharing their research results.

Congratulations to the winners!

The IRBV in Chinese news

Michel Labrecque represented the IRBV last week in the ceremonial signing of a collaboration with the Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden for a research project in the field of phytoremediation. The event, which took place at the Shanghai town hall in the presence of the mayor of Shanghai Mr Ying Yong and of the prime minister of Québec Philippe Couillard, was reported in the Chinese National television news program on January 27th (watch here).

Upcoming conference on plantation of deciduous trees

La plantation de feuillus: faut-il la raviver dans le sud du Québec?

Depuis quelques années, le reboisement en essences feuillues sur terres privées est en perte de vitesse au Québec. Ce colloque, organisé par Alain Cogliastro de l’IRBV, se veut une occasion de faire le point sur ce type de plantations et d’évaluer leur pertinence pour l’économie régionale, l’aménagement du territoire et l’environnement. Il convie ceux et celles qui oeuvrent dans les domaines de la forêt, de l’agriculture, du développement économique, de la gestion du territoire et de la conservation.

Mercredi le 28 mars 2018 de 8h30 à 16h30, au Pavillon de l’Île à Châteauguay.

The presentations schedule can be found in the program.

Pour de plus amples informations et pour l’inscription:

Post-conference addendum: the link leads to the content of the conferences.

Winners of the photo contest; 2018 calendar on sale

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 IRBV photo contest.

1st prize: 100$ and a subscription to the Quatre-Temps magazine
Julie Faure, Ph.D. student with Simon Joly
Gesneria fruticosa, Éclosion piquante

2nd prize: 50$ and a subscription to the Quatre-Temps magazine
Alexis Carteron, Ph.D. student with Étienne Laliberté
Mont-Mégantic. Les chercheurs de l’IRBV veulent savoir si le réchauffement climatique sera un cul-de-sac pour l’érable à sucre

3e prix: 50$ and a subscription to the Quatre-Temps magazine
Simon Amiot, M.Sc student with Michel Labrecque (collaboration IRBV-Polytechnique)
Les plantes remplacent l’usine: épuration des eaux usées par les saules

The Friend of the Montreal Botanical Garden are also giving away a subscription to the Quatre-Temps to all students whose photos did not win. Thanks and congratulations to:
Khalil Abas
Gonzalo Bilbao
Boris Domenech
Maxime Fortin-Faubert
Zhanna Grebenshchykova
Xavier Guilbeault-Mayers
Nicolas Pinceloup
Aymeric Yanitch

Some photos taken by students as well as other IRBV personnel can be found in the 2018 IRBV calendar on sale for 10$ at the offices of the Friends of the Montreal Botanical Garden (administrative building, office B-160-162). Get it quick, quantities are limited!

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