The Institut de recherche en biologie végétale and its Biodiversity Centre are located within the Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. Product of a unique partnership between the Université de Montréal and the City of Montreal (Espace pour la vie Montréal), the IRBV is widely recognized as a centre of excellence whose mission is research and teaching of plant biology. Building upon this rewarding relationship, the Biodiversity Centre also strives for the highest research and educational standards, while raising public awareness of the importance of preserving and better understanding biodiversity.
IRBV researchers work in every discipline of plant biology, from molecular biology to ecology, both in fundamental research and its applications. The IRBV offers undergraduate and graduate level training, thus preparing tomorrow’s scientists.
The IRBV is more than 200 persons (researchers, students, administrative and research staff ), modern facilities, an exceptional location, and an outstanding source of plant material. Our priority is the development and transfer of knowledge in plant biology.
- to promote the on-going development of a centre of excellence in plant biology and biodiversity, both in fundamental research and its applications
- to ensure the conservation of research collections in plant biology, entomology and mycology
- to train students in plant biology and biodiversity at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels
- to promote the continuing education of its researchers and technical personnel
- to facilitate the technological transfer of its scientific research results to the community