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.
In an interview to Ici Radio-Canada, Anne-Lise Routier talks about how she sees plants as intelligent beings with unique mecanical properties. According to Anne-Lise, increasing our empathy for plants could help us better understand living beings that are radically different to us.
View here (in French).
For the 50th anniversary of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), IRBV director Jacques Brodeur received the honour of being one of the 50 graduates with the most remarquable career. Jacques completed his B.Sc there in 1985.
On 21 November, the Institut d’administration publique de Québec (IAPQ) revealed the winners of their excellence prizes. A team of researchers from the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS) including the IRBV’s Stéphane Pellerin, won the new prize for scientific collaboration, for their project titled “Des approches pour planifier la gestion des milieux humides pour assurer leur pérennité“.
This scientific collaboration prize, which was created in a partnership with the Québec Research Funds, is awarded to a team having contributed to a projet with a significant impact on the public programs and policies, as well as on the Quebec population, through the production, collection and usage of scientific knowledge and information in various spheres of research (such as health, nature and technologies, society and culture).
For more information, have a look at this video of all the nominated finalists. The QCBS project starts at the position 3:30 within the video:
Photo legend: Jean-Pierre Pellegrin, president of the jury, Alain Rousseau, Valérie Dupont, Monique Poulin, Sophie Lavallée, Stéphanie Pellerin, Daniel Lachance, Sharon Clavet, Julie Deslandes, Rémi Quirion, the chief scientist of Quebec and the representative of the Québec Research Funds.