UdeM Nouvelles has published an article on Mohamed Hijri and his Ph.D. student Simon Morvan who have recently discovered that specific fungi and bacteria are closely linked to the successful development of wild blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium), a species that appears, lives and multiplies in harsh environmental conditions. Their research explains how this species is found in acidic soils that are poor in nutrients.
Read the article (in French) here.
The IRBV was just accepted as a new research member at QuébecInnove, a networking business for companies in the fields of research and innovation.
Thanks to the expertise of its 14 000 researchers and experts within its 125 active members in research, QuébecInnove, a non-profit organisation, helps over 500 companies every year finding expertise and financing useful to their growth. Being neutral and unifying, QuébecInnove relies on 80 ambassador members as well as many partners able to bring together players to stimulate innovation everywhere in Quebec.
According to the meticulous research conducted by our collegue Jacques Brisson, the IRBV has turned 100 today, 24 August!
This was revealed through the discovery of an archived letter confirming the hiring of Marie-Victorin as a professor of Botany at the Université de Montréal.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has forced us to postpone the celebrations to a later date.
Happy 100th anniversary to our institute!
Phyllotaxy, the arrangement of leaves on an axis or stem, has been a subject of interest to botanist and mathematicians for a long time. For many years now, this phenomena has also been analysed using methods stemming from molecular biology and biophysics. In “Phyllotactic Patterns: A Multidisciplinary Approach”, Denis Barabé (emeritus researcher at the IRBV) and Christian Lacroix (professor at the University of Prince Edward Island) have published a synthesis of types of models published in the last 25 years.
The book was recently published at World Scientific: https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/11571
The IRBV is among the finalist candidates for the ESTim 2020 contest (in the ‘Sustainable developement project’ category) from the Eastern Montreal Chamber of Commerce.
It’s the Phytovalix project
which was submitted for the contest. It involves researchers Michel Labrecque, Frédéric Pitre, Joan Laur and Patrick Benoist, as well as Polytechnique professor Yves Comeau. The winner will be announced on 1 October.
Congratulations to Anne-Lise Routier who has just obtained a grant of $497 000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation – “Multi-Scale Biomechanics and Advanced Imaging Laboratory”. The grant will be used to expand our microscopy platform. Anne-Lise has also recently received two grants from the FRQNT, one titled “Relation entre la croissance et la prolifération des cellules du méristème apical chez Arabidopsis thaliana” (Young Researcher) and “Comment la forme des fruits est contrôlée chez les Brassicacées” (team project in collaboration with Daniel Kierzkowski and Simon Joly).
The IRBV is looking to fill positions of research assistant in entomology and in ecology for the 2020 summer season:
From 13 July to 2 October 2020, in ecology: information document
from 20 July to 31 August, in entomology: information document
To apply, please fill in the following form
Here is the collective agreement of the SÉSUM
Etienne Normandin was recently invited to discuss his newly published book “Les insectes de Québec et autres arthropodes terrestres” on two radio programmes at ICI Radio-Canada, Bien Entendu (listen here in French) and Tout Un Matin (listen here in French). The book is being sold at the following bookstores (amongst others): Renaud-Bray, Archambault and Les Libraires.
The Marie-Victorin Herbarium is the subject of a special feature in a virtual expo titled “Fleurs sauvages” from the Écomusée du fier monde. The Herbarium, its volunteers, as well as Marie-Victorin and the Centre for Biodiversity are discussed in the section titled “Recherches scientifiques: la nature comme sujet de prédilection”. View here (in French).
Jacques Brodeur was interviewed for the 8 February 2020 edition of La semaine verte on Radio-Canada. View here (in French).
Photo © Mathieu Bélanger Morin