The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens provide facilities for a wide variety of research, teaching, and community involvement activities, as well as a beautiful location for studying, meetings, or just relaxing. Please click through the images below to get some insight into the activities that occur in this remarkable facility. For a more detailed introduction to the research going on in the Centre, click here.  A twitter feed highlighting some of our recent research and learning activities can be found here.

Latest News

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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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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