7th conference of the Phragmites group a success

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.

Students honoured

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.

Annual conference of the PHRAGMITES research group

On October 13-14, the Biodiversity Centre will host the 7th annual conference of the Phragmites Research Group, which focuses on research related to the ecology and management of this common invasive reed. A highlight of the conference will be the presentation of results of a study underway for over eight years. Also, seven American researchers will share results of their recent studies of the reed south of the border.

Conference of the Société québécoise de phytotechnologie

Colloque phytoThe 4th conference of the Société québecoise de phytotechnologie will be held at the Montreal Botanical Garden on June 2, 2011. This year’s conference, organized jointly with the Canadian Land Reclamation Association, will focus on phytostabilization of slopes and reclamation of disturbed sites. Speakers are in the process of confirming their participation. The number of participants is limited, so early registration is recommended for this popular event. For more information click here.