The Université de Montréal newsletter Forum reviews the opening of the Biodiversity Centre.
The Pehr-Kalm Grant was created in the spring of 2010 by Les Amis du Jardin botanique de Montréal (The Friends of the Montreal Botanical Garden) to support students wishing to pursue graduate level studies at the IRBV. Marielle Babineau, a graduate student in Anne Bruneau’s laboratory, and Mathieu Bélanger Morin, a graduate student in Jacques Brodeur’s laboratory, each received a grant of $5,000. Marielle’s research is on the evolution of Malagasy legumes; Mathieu studies the impact of partial clearcuts on xylophagous insects in the balsam fir-white birch domain.
The Canadensys network has announced the publication of VASCAN, the Database of Vascular Plants of Canada. The database is a comprehensive list of vascular plants identified in Canada, Greenland (Denmark) and Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France).
Canadensys is a Canada-wide effort to unlock the biodiversity information held in biological collections. The network currently includes biological collections from 11 participating universities, five botanical gardens, and two museums, covering insects, fungi and plants. The network is operated from the Biodiversity Centre, Université de Montréal.
The goal of VASCAN is to provide an up-to-date, documented source of the names of vascular plants in Canada, Greenland, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, both scientific and vernacular. For every species, subspecies and variety, VASCAN provides the accepted scientific name (Latin), the accepted French and English vernacular names, and their synonyms/alternatives in Canada. The distribution status (native, introduced, etc.) of the plant for each province or territory, and the habit (tree, shrub, herb or vine) of the plant in Canada are given. Maps at the provincial/territorial level are provided with an indication of status. For reported hybrids (nothotaxa or hybrid formulas), the parents also are provided. A source is given for each name, classification and distribution information (still being completed). All taxa are linked to a classification. The following were used: Smith et al. (2006) for ferns, APG III (2009) for flowering plants, and Chase and Reveal (2009) for the higher taxonomy.
It is possible to generate lists in VASCAN using the Checklist builder tool. Data can be downloaded from VASCAN under the Creative Commons (BY-NC) license.
Brouillet, L., F. Coursol, M. Favreau & M. Anions (compilers). 2010+ VASCAN, the Database of Vascular Plants of Canada.
For information: http://data.canadensys.net/vascan/about
Our congratulations to two of our students for awards they have received. Fanny Maure was awarded the prize for best student presentation at the annual meeting of the Société d’entomologie du Québec. Arnaud Sentis received the award for best presentation by a Ph.D. student at the Université Paul-Sabatier in Toulouse, France.
The Council of Canadian Academies has published an important report entitled “Canadian Taxonomy: Exploring Biodiversity, Creating Opportunity”. The report was written by experts specializing in biodiversity science. Luc Brouillet, IRBV professor and curator of the Marie-Victorin Herbarium, was a member of the committee of experts and co-author of the report.
The IRBV has proudly awarded the first Marie-Victorin Grant to Youssef Chebli, Ph.D. student under the supervision of Anja Geitmann. Youssef was chosen from among nine candidates. The $3,000 grant was presented to him in the presence of members of the IRBV and about 60 undergraduate students. Continue reading 2010 Marie-Victorin Grant awarded to Youssef Chebli
Our thanks to all those who helped make the 2010 edition of the IRBV’s Research Day a success. Once again, your participation made it possible for us to offer undergraduate students this exceptional opportunity to visit our facilities and meet researchers, students and staff.