AphID: a guide for identifying aphids

aphidThe 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/

Department of Biological Sciences XXIInd Symposium

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 Société québécoise de phytotechnologie holds its 2012 conference

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/

Publication on Inuit botany by IRBV researcher Alain Cuerrier

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.

2012 Pehr-Kalm Grant

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.

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