Simon Joly, radio columnist on les Années lumière

All summer long, Simon Joly will be radio columnist on ICI Première’s program les Années lumière, in a series titled La vie secrète des plantes (The Secret Life Of Plants). Various subjects will be covered every Sunday, recent and hot topics in the world of botany.

Here are the links to the episodes already broadcast:
(interviews are in French)

Chronique 1 : Introduction

Chronique 2 : Les sens des plantes

Chronique 3 : La sexualité des plantes

Chronique 4 : La guerre chez les plantes

Chronique 5 : La socialisation chez les plantes

Chronique 6 : Les mythes

Plants to control invasive plants

The recent unveiling of a new phytotechnology station at the Montreal Botanical Garden, the result of research from its curator and IRBV researcher Michel Labrecque, was widely covered by media over the past few weeks. Here’s a press review.

Des plantes pour éliminer les indésirables, Pauline Gravel, le Devoir, 19 June 2021.

La solution du Jardin botanique aux indésirables, Isabelle Morin, la Presse, 2 July 2021.

Montreal Botanical Garden unveils pond to fight invasive plants, Billy Shields, CTV News, 19 June 2021.

Une bataille de plantes se livre au Jardin botanique de Montréal, Journal Métro, 16 June 2021.

Photo: Alain Roberge, la Presse.

Sustainable municipal wastewater treatment using fast-growing willow

A study recently published in ScienceDirect by a team of IRBV researchers (Frédéric Pitre, Michel Labrecque) and students (Eszter Sas, Adrien Frémont, Ahmed Jerbi, etc.) has shown that millions of liters of used wastewater could be treated through the use of fast growing willows while producing bioenergy and “green” chemical products. The publication of this study was the object of an article in UdeM Nouvelles, read here (in French). The ScienceDirect article can be downloaded here.

Photo: Eszter Sas (Ph.D. student) and Frédéric Pitre (researcher).

FRQ-Esplanade grant for Marie-Anne Viau

A project initiated by Marie-Anne Viau from Michel Labrecque’s research lab, in collaboration with Miel Montréal, was just awarded a 5000$ grant by FRQ-Esplanade. The purpose of the project is the study of the risk of bioamplification of pollutants by pollinating insects through honey-yielding plants around a contaminated lot in Montreal East. The team wishes to thank Esplanade and the FRQ for financially supporting this innovative green project.

M.Sc. project in viticulture

Understanding the impact of climate on the physiology and metabolism of cultures is crucial. Therefore, the team of Frédéric Pitre is looking for a motivated M.Sc candidate for a project in biological science, specifically in viticulture and plant biochemistry. The purpose of the project is the study of the impact of temperature on the metabolism of grapes and will integrate various aspects of the science of plant biology such as experimental design, the collection of physiological data, the analysis of primary and secondary metabolites as well as the modelisation of data.

For further information, see this PDF document.

Buzzing advertisment billboards

A pilot project which will see the installation of nests for solitary bees on billboards has recently been the subject of an article on UdeM Nouvelles. The project, under the supervision of entomologist Étienne Normandin-Leclerc, was put together with the intention of gathering data on the identity and health of various species of bees and other nesting insects in urban environments.

Read online on UdeM Nouvelles (in French).

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