Phyllotaxy, the arrangement of leaves on an axis or stem, has been a subject of interest to botanist and mathematicians for a long time. For many years now, this phenomena has also been analysed using methods stemming from molecular biology and biophysics. In “Phyllotactic Patterns: A Multidisciplinary Approach”, Denis Barabé (emeritus researcher at the IRBV) and Christian Lacroix (professor at the University of Prince Edward Island) have published a synthesis of types of models published in the last 25 years.
The book was recently published at World Scientific: https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/11571
The IRBV is among the finalist candidates for the ESTim 2020 contest (in the ‘Sustainable developement project’ category) from the Eastern Montreal Chamber of Commerce.
It’s the Phytovalix project
which was submitted for the contest. It involves researchers Michel Labrecque, Frédéric Pitre, Joan Laur and Patrick Benoist, as well as Polytechnique professor Yves Comeau. The winner will be announced on 1 October.
Congratulations to Anne-Lise Routier who has just obtained a grant of $497 000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation – “Multi-Scale Biomechanics and Advanced Imaging Laboratory”. The grant will be used to expand our microscopy platform. Anne-Lise has also recently received two grants from the FRQNT, one titled “Relation entre la croissance et la prolifération des cellules du méristème apical chez Arabidopsis thaliana” (Young Researcher) and “Comment la forme des fruits est contrôlée chez les Brassicacées” (team project in collaboration with Daniel Kierzkowski and Simon Joly).
The IRBV is looking to fill positions of research assistant in entomology and in ecology for the 2020 summer season:
From 13 July to 2 October 2020, in ecology: information document
from 20 July to 31 August, in entomology: information document
To apply, please fill in the following form
Here is the collective agreement of the SÉSUM
Etienne Normandin was recently invited to discuss his newly published book “Les insectes de Québec et autres arthropodes terrestres” on two radio programmes at ICI Radio-Canada, Bien Entendu (listen here in French) and Tout Un Matin (listen here in French). The book is being sold at the following bookstores (amongst others): Renaud-Bray, Archambault and Les Libraires.
The Marie-Victorin Herbarium is the subject of a special feature in a virtual expo titled “Fleurs sauvages” from the Écomusée du fier monde. The Herbarium, its volunteers, as well as Marie-Victorin and the Centre for Biodiversity are discussed in the section titled “Recherches scientifiques: la nature comme sujet de prédilection”. View here (in French).
Jacques Brodeur was interviewed for the 8 February 2020 edition of La semaine verte on Radio-Canada. View here (in French).
Photo © Mathieu Bélanger Morin
Our collegue Simon Joly generously participated to an educative feature for Télé-Québec’s homeschooling program L’école à la maison. In it, “Professor Simon” talks about the return of Spring and the blooming of various flowers. View here (in French): https://enclasse.telequebec.tv/contenu/1736.
In solidarity with the health workers and research teams fighting COVID-19, our labs, under the invitation of the Université de Montréal, have generously gathered and sent protection items to the Ste-Justine hospital, to be redistributed across the network of Montreal hospitals. We have been able to gather 60 N95 masks, 50 anti-dust masks and 113 boxes of gloves. We have also supplied acetate sheets to the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal which have been used in the fabrication of 120 homemade reusable visors.
A huge thank you to everyone having contributed to this donation. It is a small drop in the great ocean of protection gear needs, but every little counts in these troubled times.
The research project of Jacques Brodeur’s Ph.D. student Gongyu Lin was featured on the 28 March 2020 episode of La semaine verte. Watch here (in French).
From the program’s website (our translation):
The use of predatory insects in pest control has been going on for years. But what if we had them carry beneficial fungi on their backs, this could bring integrated biological control to another level.