Pesticides, public health and environment

Jacques Brodeur has submitted a text titled “Pesticide Overdose” to a recent provincial commission on the impact of pesticides on public health and the environment. The document exposes the problem of the overusage of pesticides in agriculture, particularly in the production of apples. It concludes that we have collectively failed in replacing our dependence on pesticides with alternative solutions. Jacques has also testified on the matter in front of members of the Commission on Thursday 26 September,

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Scientific collaboration prize – a finalist among us!

Stéphanie Pellerin and her collegues Monique Poulin and Sophie Lavallée from Université Laval are part of one of the three teams having reached the finals of the Scientific Collaboration Prize which will be awarded on 21 December by the Institut d’administration publique de Québec and the Fonds de recherche du Québec. This new prize will be given to a team having contributed to a project with a significant impact on public programs and policies as well as the population of Quebec, through the production, gathering and use of data and scientific knowlege. Stéphanie’s team’s project is titled “Des approches pour planifier la gestion des milieux humides pour assurer leur pérennité”.

Best of luck to Stéphanie’s team in securing this prize!

The IRBV partners with Classes Affaires 2019

Sonia, Kyra and Nell have just completed a one-week internship on biodiversity at the IRBV, from 29 July to 2 August. With the help of presentations, visits of collections as well as lab and field work, and thanks to the collaborations of students and researchers at the IRBV, the three students in grades Secondary 3 and 4 were given the opportunity to explore the world of plants, mushrooms and insects.

The Classes Affaires de Montréal Relève program ( offers internships to more than 1500 students from 400 organisations in Montreal. The non-profit initiative, which was created in 1995 by the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and the City of Montreal, aims for the socio-economic development of the city through programs for the next generations.

Photo © Jessy Lewandowski, for Montréal Relève, 2019.

Legend: sampling biodiversity in the ponds of the Montreal Botanical Garden.
From left to right: Denis Lauzer, Nell Léger, Kyra Cloutier, Audréanne Loiselle, Sophia Conway-Giannopoulos

Job offer: assistant professor in taxonomy and floristics

The Department of Biological Sciences is soliciting candidates for a full-time, tenure-track assistant-professor position in plant biology, with a specific focus on taxonomy and systematics, floristics and biodiversity of vascular plants. The candidate will join the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale and be the curator of the Marie-Victorin Herbarium.

All the details can be found in this document.

Joan Laur, new botanist

In the process of implementing the Pathway to Phytotechnologies at the Botanical Garden, a new half-time position of botanist has been created. We are happy to announce that this new position has been filled by Joan Laur.

Joan obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta in 2014, having researched the physiological processes involved in the absorption of water by plants. She has then pursued postdoctoral studies in the Phytology department at Université Laval, then with us at the IRBV thanks to a postdoctoral grant from the Fonds de Recherche Québécois Nature et Technologies FRQNT.

The committe in charge of hiring a candidate for this position was impressed with the excellence of Joan’s resumé. She will contribute to the development of the Pathway to Phytotechnologies et will be a stimulating addition of the research teams of the Botanical Garden, Space for Life and the IRBV.

A warm welcome to Joan!

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