The process of moving the Marie-Victorin Herbarium from the administration building of the Montreal Botanical Garden to its new home in the Biodiversity Centre (also located on the site of the MBG) began on November 28. Eight botanists packed specimens in boxes and, after transport, unwrapped and placed them in new storage cabinets. The move provided a convenient opportunity for updating the classification procedure, to adopt the new system developed by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group in 2009.
Mohamed Hijri and his colleagues are counting on plants, fungi and bacteria to decontaminate sites polluted by human activities. In this ambitious project, living organisms are used as decontamination “equipment”.
Mathieu Chouteau, who completed his M.Sc. at the IRBV in 2007 (supervised by Denis Barabé), is on a postdoctoral fellowship in Peru, in collaboration with the National Natural History Museum (Paris). He received his doctorate from the Department of Biological Sciences of the Université de Montréal, for his dissertation on the evolutionary role of color patterns in Ranitomeya imitator, a tiny frog native to the Amazon forest. His current research focuses on the role of polymorphism in tropical butterflies.
First year undergraduate students in Biological Sciences at the Université de Montréal gathered in the new Biodiversity Centre auditorium for the Research Day event organized by IRBV professor Mario Cappadocia. Students had the privilege of being the first group to tour the Centre’s new laboratories. This was also a unique opportunity to meet researchers and graduate students, and to learn about research projects in progress. Some of these undergraduates will be returning to the IRBV and the Centre for second- and third-year classes in plant biology, and eventually for their master’s or doctoral studies.
IRBV professor Mario Cappadocia will trace the incredible history of coffee as part of the Université de Montréal’s Belles soirées lecture series, November 21 and 28, 2011.
Montreal’s Space for life and the IRBV hosted a workshop organized by the Consortium of scientific partners of the Convention on Biological Diversity (http://www.cbd.int/). Held at the Biodiversity Centre, the workshop’s objective was to provide international partners with the tools required to respond efficiently to the expectations of the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan and Aichi biodiversity targets.
The CRAAQ Greenhouse cultivation committee, in collaboration with the Syndicat des producteurs en serre du Québec (Quebec Union of Greenhouse Growers), the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and the IRBV, proudly extends an invitation to attend the 3rd forum on research and innovation in greenhouse cultivation, to be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. at the Montreal Botanical Garden. For more information and registration, consult the program and website of the CRAAQ at http://www.craaq.qc.ca/.
The 7th conference of the Phragmites group, a research collective focusing on this common invasive reed (Université Laval, McGill University, Université de Montréal), was held at the Biodiversity Centre on October 13-14, 2011. The conference was organized by Claude Lavoie (Université Laval) and Jacques Brisson (IRBV). More than 70 individuals attended, including researchers, professionals, student researchers and managers. Presentation topics included issues related to genetics, impact on fauna, repercussions of climate change and control technologies. Seven presentations were delivered by American researchers (Montclair State University, University of Georgia, University of Rhode Island, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Utah State University) conducting research on reed genetics and its impact on animals. The conference was a great success. The proceedings will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Le naturaliste canadien.
Two IRBV students received awards at the annual meeting of the Société d’Entomologie du Québec, held in Jouvence on October 13-14. Fanny Maure won the Melville-Duporte prize for the best student presentation, for her talk entitled Retour de la motricité de la coccinelle ‘garde-du-corps’: la diète serait-elle le secret? Arnaud Sentis won second prize in this category, for his presentation entitled Effets directs et indirects des pulses de température sur un système tritrophique: poivron-puceron-coccinelle. Earlier this year, Fanny Maure was awarded first prize in the 2011 Georges-Maheux Scientific Writing contest of the Société d’Entomologie du Québec for her article Les coûts de la manipulation parasitaire.