2018

by Kristie, David

Acadia Alum and Arthur Irving Scholar, Kayoung Heo, discusses her research journey and Acadia’s impact post-graduation

Acadia alum, Kayoung Heo, graduated from Acadia last year with an Honours in Biology. As a student, Kayoung was the recipient of the Arthur Irving Environmental Science Scholarship in 2016 which allowed her to fully focus on her research. Her Honours Thesis explored the effects of bisphenol-A and folic acid on growth, reproductive development and DNA methylation in snapdragons. Read the paper published from her thesis here

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Acadia researchers discover a novel plant-insect interaction in an endangered NS plant

Research conducted by former Acadia Biology Honours student Emily Evans, and Acadia professors Dr. Kirk Hillier and Dr. Rodger Evans has been published in the online Nature journal, Scientific Reports. The paper entitled "Novel Insect Florivory Strategy Initiates Autogamy in Unopened Allogamous Flowers” a new insect-plant interaction which has never been described previously. 

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Acadia’s 2018 Arthur Irving Family Foundation Scholarship Recipients Announced

The 2018 recipients of the prestigious Arthur Irving Scholarships in Environmental Studies are drawn from two of Canada’ three seacoasts. Sarah Lavallée from West Vancouver, BC and Alex Hart from St. Stephen, NB will enter Acadia in September 2018 to pursue their interests in environmental preservation thanks to academic awards that are among the most significant in Canada and reward students who have exceptional academic credentials, a commitment to volunteerism and community service, and who intend to pursue environmental research. 

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Dr Robin Browne and Acadia's Seedbank in the news again

The work of propagation specialist Dr Robin Browne, and seedbank intern April Muirhead, are featured in another article on the Acadia Seedbank, part of the Irving Biodiversity Collection in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre at Acadia University. More info on the Acadia Seedbank can be found here.

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Acadia's Irving Centre Seedbank featured in University Affairs article

An interesting article in University Affairs on the value of Canadian seedbanks features some of the work by the Acadia Seedbank on the preservation and restoration of the Eastern Mountain Avens (Geum peckii), an endangered plant found only on Brier Island in Nova Scotia, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. More info on this research can be found here. The Acadia Seedbank is part of the Irving Biodiversity Collection (Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, E.C. Smith Herbarium, and Acadia Seedbank) in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre at Acadia University.

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Acadia's Bloodhound of Biodiversity

Great article in the Chronicle Herald about the new Collections Manager of the Irving Biodiversity Collection at Acadia University. 

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Using fungus to help control a fungal disease in onions

Mycologist Dr Allison Walker and her MSc student, Adele Bunbury-Blanchette, have been investigating methods to control Fusarium basal rot in onions. The disease is estimated to cause an annual loss of ca. $600,000 to Annapolis Valley farmers, and has the potential to completely devastate the NS onion industry.  Their work, which is primarily conducted in K.C. Irving Centre greenhouses and growth cabinets, was recently profiled in an article in the Atlantic Farm Focus. 

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A Changing of the Guard in the E.C. Smith Herbarium

Hidden away on the lower floor of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre is one of crown jewels of the Irving Biodiversity Collection, the E.C. Smith Herbarium. The Herbarium was established in 1910, and is the largest in Atlantic Canada with over 200,000 specimens of vascular plants, mosses, lichens and fungi. The Herbarium houses the most extensive collection of Atlantic Provinces flora found anywhere, and is used both as a teaching resource at Acadia, and a research resource by researchers from around the world.

We are extremely pleased to welcome Alain Belliveau to Acadia as the new Collections Manager (curator) of the Herbarium.

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by Kristie, David

The K.C. Irving Centre Highlighted in the Acadia Bulletin

Some of the students, staff, and research activities in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre were highlighted recently in the Fall Issue of the Acadia Bulletin.

 

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