4 prestigious scholarships for IRBV students

Congratulations to the four IRBV students below who were just awarded prestigious scholarships from the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Graduate And Post-doctoral Studies:

Roxane Archambault-Vermette
Under the supervision of Stéphanie Pellerin, co-supervised by Julie Talbot
National Bank Scholarship, $5000

Raphaëlle Dubois
Under the supervision of Stéphanie Pellerin, co-supervised by Raphaël Proulx
Rosdev Excellence Scholarship, $5000

Émilie Échevin
Under the supervision of Anne-Lise Routier, co-supervised by Daniel Kierzkowski
Catherine Fradette Scholarship in biological sciences and neurology, $4000

Mathilde Gaudreau
Under the supervision of Jacques Brodeur, co-supervised by Paul K. Abram
Renewal of the Hydro-Québec Excellence Scholarship, $20000

Soon-Jae Lee awarded the J.-André-Fortin scholarship

Soon-Jae Lee is the 2019 recipient of the $1000 J.-André-Fortin Scholarship. He studied the evolution and roles of the interference ARN system (ARNi) the mechanism for detecting blue light and circadian clock in the genome of the mycorrhizal shrub fungus Rhizophagus irregularis using biological and bioinformatic approaches.

These roles have never been studied in shrub mycorrhizal fungi (CMA). Only a few studies have shown that blue light can affect the germination of spores and hyphae growth of CMA, however the mechanism has not been described. In the case of the circadian clock, although the circadian rhythm is ubiquitous in fungi and the diurnal rhythm of hyphae growth has been reported in the CMA, the mechanism remains unknown. The genome and transcriptome of the model CMA Rhizophagus irregularis isolate DAOM 197198, were publicly available and were exploited in the Soon-Jae Lee project.

Soon-Jae Lee has published three articles as first author and is pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

In the footsteps of… Frère Marie-Victorin

The 22 November 2019 episode of the Historia program Dans les pas de… (In The Footsteps Of…), which is dedicated to Marie-Victorin, will feature interviews with Michel Labrecque and Luc Brouillet filmed at the IRBV, in the greenhouses and the Herbarium. Here is a complete list of broadcasts:

  • Friday the 22, 10:00pm
  • Saturday the 23, 10:00am and 6:00pm
  • Tuesday the 26, 2:00pm and 2:00am
  • Wednesday the 27, 6:00am

Benjamin Mazin receives the Marie-Victorin Excellence Award

We are happy to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Marie-Victorin Excellence Award is Benjamin Mazin, a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Daniel Philippe Matton. Benjamin presented impeccably his project on the molecular mechanisms allowing pollen grains and eggs to develop properly. He also showed great ability to describe the scientific benefits of his work.

The overall goal of his doctoral degree is to understand how external signals are integrated during the development of gametophytes and pollen tube growth in Solanaceae, including wild potatoes. In the laboratory, Benjamin showed that individuals affected by a decrease in the expression of a certain gene produced fewer seeds per fruit. These results will ultimately result in higher yielding crop varieties.

Benjamin began his Ph.D. in 2016 in the laboratory of Professor Daniel Matton who describes him as a hard worker and dedicated to his studies. Benjamin also has an impressive social implication. He particularly likes to help CEGEP students and high school students to carry out scientific projects.

Researcher’s night

Technological advances and the state of the environment are driving researchers to think bigger, faster. Montréal Space for Life is offering the opportunity to spend a crazy Friday night meeting dozens of them.

These explorers pushing back the frontiers of discovery are committed to sharing how they are helping advance scientific knowledge. In a festive and offbeat atmosphere, to the sounds of a DJ, find out what their lives look like in 2019.

This is an unusual one-time opportunity to meet actual researchers and learn about the world they work in every day.

For more information and for the program, see the event’s official page.

Face to face with an expert

The 2019 edition of the Tête-à-tête series of ‘face to face’ discussions with researchers of Space For Life – including many from the IRBV – is on! One Saturday every month, you are invited to an informal meeting with some of our scientists.

These face to face discussions are to take place in French. For more information on individual events, click on the web links below.

14 September 2019
Précieuses semences
with Stéphane Bailleul and Frédéric Coursol

12 October 2019
Plantes et champignons: une histoire d’amour souterraine
with Jacynthe Masse and Pierre-Luc Chagnon

9 November 2019
Métier: éleveur d’insectes
with Mario Bonneau and Dominic Ouellette

7 December 2019
Si les arbres pouvaient parler
with Andrée Hallé and Alain Cogliastro

11 January 2019
Comment créer des univers?
with Simon Bélanger

15 February 2019
Tout sur la Lune
with Olivier Hernandez

7 March 2019
Les ennemis naturels: nos alliés indispensables au jardin
with Marie-Ève Gagnon

4 April 2019
Recréer le Saint-Laurent en circuit fermé
with Nathalie Rose Le François

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,

download the document

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!