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.

Upcoming forum on short-rotation woody crops

The IRBV and the Réseau ligniculture Québec (the Quebec Woody Crops Network), with support from Natural Resources Canada, are planning a forum on cultivation of short-rotation woody crops for energy purposes. Several IRBV researchers, particularly Michel Labrecque’s team, have been conducting studies in this field for several years.

The activity will take place in Wendake, in suburban Quebec City, March 14-15, 2012, and targets an audience representing Quebec forestry and agriculture. Fifteen speakers from Quebec and the rest of Canada will share their knowledge regarding the latest developments in this field, making the event an exceptional opportunity for all participants.

Marie-Victorin Grant awarded to Arnaud Sentis

The Marie-Victorin Grant selection committee, composed of IRBV professors Mario Cappadocia, Alain Cogliastro and Jacques Brodeur, evaluated nine candidacies for this year’s award. IRBV Ph.D. student Arnaud Sentis was the unanimous choice of committee members, because of his outstanding academic record and original research project, as well as his published articles, conference presentations and the numerous other awards and honors he has received. Congratulations, Arnaud!

Upcoming thesis defense of Simon Payette Daoust

The thesis defense of Ph.D. candidate Simon Payette Daoust, supervised by Jacques Brodeur, will take place on December 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the conference room (B-104) of the Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre. The title of his thesis is “Impacts de l’intensification agricole et de la structure du paysage sur les relations tri-trophiques entre un oiseau hôte, des mouches ectoparasites et leurs parasitoides”.