Located on the site of the Montreal Botanical Garden, established through a partnership between the Université de Montréal and the City of Montréal (Space for life Montréal), the IRBV is a centre of excellence in research and teaching. It brings together the research teams directed by twenty-one researchers with diverse yet complementary expertise in the plant sciences. Their research thematics cover a wide spectrum of disciplines, including genomics, functional biodiversity, phytotechnology, biological control and ecological management, addressing both fundamental and applied problematics. The IRBV also trains graduate students, who represent the next generation of researchers.
Its Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre houses important collections of plants, insects and fungi, as well as the André-Bouchard Exhibition Hall, dedicated to public education on major issues related to biodiversity.
Today, the IRBV is composed of 300 individuals – researchers, students, postdoctoral fellows, research and administrative staff – who work in modern facilities on an exceptional site that offers an environment unique in Canada. We share a commitment to the development and transfer of knowledge in the field of plant science.
- 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