The website AphID, a guide for identifying cosmopolitan and polyphagous species of aphids, was developed by researchers from several American and Canadian institutions, including the USDA CPHST Identification Technology Program (ITP), the University of Maryland, the Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) and the Université de Montréal. AphID was designed to assist port and quarantine officials in simple, preliminary identification of aphids.
Aphids are sap-sucking insects most common in temperate zones around the globe. They cause direct damage to plants by feeding and serve as vectors for viruses, while their honeydew promotes mold and attracts ants. Many aphid species with significant economic impact have a worldwide distribution, but officials are particularly interested in detecting those not yet found in North America.
Consult the website: http://AphID.AphidNet.org/
The annual meeting of “The International Compositae Alliance” will be held at the IRBV and the Biodiversity Centre from July 15-18, 2012. The theme of this year’s event is “The Evolution of Compositae”.
The Université de Montréal’s Department of Biological Sciences will hold its XXIInd Symposium from April 3-5, 2012. This year’s theme is “A World in rEvolution”. The objective of this activity is to familiarize biology students from the host university and other Montreal academic institutions with research in progress in the Department’s laboratories. The Symposium also offers a venue for the Department’s researchers to spotlight their laboratory projects. Undergraduate and graduate students who have completed a project in the context of an introductory research course and/or in a work-study program, as well as faculty, are invited to present recent findings.
Download the event’s poster [pdf]
The theme of the sixth annual conference of the Société québécoise de phytotechnologie (SQP, Quebec Phytotechnology Society), to be held on May 31, 2012, is “Green roofs and walls: findings and perspectives”. This will be a unique opportunity to hear presentations by international experts including Nigel Dunnet and Daniel Roehr, and to experience a virtual visit of green roofs from Chicago to Sweden! Since a limited number of participants can be accommodated at this popular event, early registration is important.
For more information: http://www.phytotechno.com/colloque2012/
The Biodiversity Centre is featured as a case study on the VoirVert.ca website, a portal focusing on issues in sustainable development.
The Biodiversity Centre is mentioned in news media coverage of “1000 days for the planet”, a daily log of an ocean expedition on board the sailboat Sedna IV. Scientist Jean Lemire and his team will travel around the world for three years. More information in: La Presse, Radio-Canada and CNW Telbec.
The Avataq Cultural Institute has published a recent study in ethnobotany by IRBV researcher Alain Cuerrier, entitled “Le savoir botanique des Inuits d’Umiujaq et Kuujjuarapik, Nunavik”. Based on research conducted in 2005, the author presents ethnobotanical information collected from elders in two Hudson Bay communities, Kuujjuarapik and Umiujaq, focusing on plant use by the Inuit. This rich compendium of living knowledge also features a glossary of terms for plant parts and a list of plant names, both in Inuktitut. Prior to publication of this volume, little information was available in print about the relationship between the Inuit of Nunavik and the flora of their territory. This product of IRBV research is a particularly beautiful volume, illustrated by the author’s photos from his travels in the North.
IRBV researcher Mario Cappadocia will be a guest on ARTV’s program “Les Touilleurs” on Friday, February 10, 2012. The program will be re-broadcast on February 11 at 11 a.m., the 12th at noon and 6 p.m. and the 16th at 9 a.m. Chocolate-specialist Christophe Morel invites Cappadocia to share findings from his research on chocolate.
Retired researcher André Fortin’s enthusiastic interview about the IRBV is available on the website of Radio-Canada’s program “Les Années lumière”. The researcher was named Scientist of the Year in 1990 for his role in the creation of the IRBV. The interview begins in the broadcast’s second hour, at the 24th minute.
The 2012 Pehr-Kalm Grant was awarded by Les amis du Jardin botanique de Montréal (the Friends of the Montreal Botanical Garden) to IRBV graduate student Aurélien Lauron-Moreau for his research project “Écologie moléculaire du genre Salix en Amérique du Nord”. Jury members’ evaluation and recommendation were based on the grant program’s objectives and criteria. The Pehr-Kalm Grant was established by Les amis du Jardin in the spring of 2010, to encourage and support graduate students at the IRBV and the Université de Montréal.