Posts tagged with: "International Center for Tropical Botany"

Natural Christmas trees make Santa’s nice list

Natural Christmas trees make Santa’s nice list

When it comes to Christmas trees, natural ones are the way to go, according to FIU botanist Oscar Valverde-Barrantes. Most artificial […]

FIU botanist Oscar Valverde-Barrantes assists with recovery efforts at The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Fla.

Recovery, research continues at botanical garden thrashed by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma showed FIU botanist Oscar Valverde-Barrantes something he does not often get to see. All across The Kampong, trees […]

Downed trees not necessarily a lost cause

Downed trees not necessarily a lost cause

Among the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma last week, many downed trees and uprooted plants were left in the storm’s […]

Jennifer Richards

Humanities major turned botanist rises to top of her field

Every time FIU botanist Jennifer Richards looks at a plant she sees something new that amazes her. Nearly 40 years […]

Green pigeon pea. Photo by croptrust.org.

FIU geneticist wants to arm farmers with improved pigeon pea plants

Researchers have identified key genes associated with flowering time in the pigeon pea, a finding that could lead to more […]

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Ancients transformed landscape of the Amazon, researchers find

Ancient people likely had an architectural role in the Amazon’s plant life, a theory that contradicts the long-held belief the […]

Protected areas can’t keep rising temperatures out

Protected areas can’t keep rising temperatures out

Protected areas can stop people from cutting and burning trees in the Amazon, but they can’t keep rising temperatures out. […]

Kabuli chickpeas earn farmers more money for their desired appearance and thin seed coats that are easier to cook. 
Photo by northerngate.ca.

Scientific discovery could revolutionize one of world’s most important crops

Conservation geneticist wants to arm Ethiopian and Indian farmers with revolutionary new varieties of chickpea. A team of researchers, including […]

Wertheim Conservatory at FIU's Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Young plant scientists are top emerging botanists

Two FIU biology students were recently recognized by the Botanical Society of America as the country’s top, emerging botanists. Imeña […]

Miami cold spell has chilling effect on tropical bees

Miami cold spell has chilling effect on tropical bees

A rare cold spell in Miami, that saw temperatures dip as low as 35 degrees, had damaging effects on tropical […]

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Rare species are more important than originally believed, according to new research

Rare species are more important than originally believed, according to new research

The world’s rarest species — both plants and animals — contribute disproportionally to the ecosystems where they reside, according to […]

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The North American Coastal Plain is a global biodiversity hotspot stretching from the Florida Keys north to Massachusetts.

Photo courtesy of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.

Saving hotspots of environmental diversity from destruction

The North American Coastal Plain, stretching from the Florida Keys north to Massachusetts, was recently declared a global diversity hotspot […]

Christopher Baraloto, director of the International Center for Tropical Botany, a collaboration between FIU and the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Getting to the root of plant form and function

The remarkable diversity of plant shapes and sizes found around the world can explain how some of the most complex […]

Canines detect deadly disease in historic avocado trees

Canines detect deadly disease in historic avocado trees

Nestled within the lush tropical foliage of The Kampong resides 20 avocado trees. They were planted nearly 100 years ago […]

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Christopher Baraloto, director of the International Center for Tropical Botany, a collaboration between FIU and the National Tropical Botanical Garden, examines a flower at The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Fla.

Responsible forest management key to storing carbon

The logging of tropical forests is widespread, but it is not necessarily environmentally catastrophic, according to a team of international […]