A generous donation from the IRBV

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.

A new mode of dispersion

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.

A scientific collaboration prize for Stéphanie Pellerin

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.