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Matriarch of the Rainforest: 
The Adventures & Work of Mildred E. Mathias
Thursday March 7th 4:30pm La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Mildred held many titles over the years: the world authority on carrots, one of the first female faculty members at UCLA, mother of four, inspired teacher, and author. Mildred’s life (1906-1995) was an adventurous one, where her curiosity and persistence moved her to shake the societal norms for women and to break into the academic world of science.

Join us during Women’s History Month for a celebration of her life. Travel the world with a slide show presentation of Mildred’s original photographs from her adventures across the globe curated by Maya Edmond, UCLA Herbarium Archivist. View items from Mildred’s life and legacy at UCLA selected by MLIS Graduate Student Rachel Poutasse. Those who knew Mildred will have an opportunity to share their memories of her. Explore the Mildred E. Mathias Archive here. This project is supported by the generosity of Dr. Robert and Anne Kamansky. This event is free, but space is limited--please RSVP.

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The Fynbos Vegetation of South Africa:
Understanding unique ecological processes to determine best practices for propagation and restoration
Monday March 18th 4:30pm La Kretz Garden Pavilion

The Fynbos vegetation of the Cape Floristic Region in South Africa contains among the highest plant species richness of anywhere in the world for the size of the region. The variety of ways in which plant species are adapted to survive periodic wildfires, specialized pollination interactions, and unique seed dispersal techniques have influenced the extreme diversity of plant species and high rates of narrow-range endemism in the region. However, the combined impacts of habitat loss, invasive species intrusion, and climate change have resulted in many Fynbos plant species and entire vegetation types becoming threatened with extinction today. Join botanist Dr. Stuart Hall during his visit to Los Angeles from South Africa to learn more about conservation methods in this important region. He will discuss Fynbos ecology, threats to the region, and conservation initiatives-including how institutions such as botanical gardens can be centers of collaboration: combining research, conservation and horticulture. This event is free, but space is limited--please RSVP.

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Help Sequence a Brown Algae Genome! Vote Today!

The Siobhan Braybrook and Matteo Pellegini labs in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology here at UCLA have entered a Brown algae (seaweed) species, Fucus distichus, to be sequenced for free by PacBio. Check out their video and vote to help them gain insight into this amazing plant species!  

Seaweeds have massive potential to help mankind: as carbon sinks to offset CO2 accumulation, as sources of fertilizer and food for animals, food and medicine for humans, and also as a source of biofuels! They also live is some pretty extreme environments, undergoing tidal dehydration cycles, growing in salt water, and dealing with the physical force of waves along the shore. But the thrive! They are a miracle organism! 

Bruin Beekeepers Hive Installation Day
Friday March 8th 12-2pm La Kretz Garden Pavilion

The past two quarters, the Bruin Beekeepers, with help from the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, have been hard at work creating a native bee hive, and are overjoyed to finally unveil it. Please join us for light refreshments, and special remarks from Bruin Beekeepers executive board members as well as the UCLA Botanical Garden. This event is free, but space is limited--please RSVP.

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UCLA biologist’s research could lead to more resilient crops
Steve Jacobsen’s plant-breeding patents have recently been licensed

article by Stuart Wolpert 

UCLA biologist Steve Jacobsen’s research has the potential to have a significant impact on the improvement of crops.

Jacobsen, who is a professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology, specializes in plant epigenetics — the study of how a gene’s function can change without changes to the DNA sequence — and his research could lead to more resilient crops.

“Epigenetic science has many applications, with one of the most promising areas being agriculture,” said Jacobsen, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Jacobsen is also scientific co-founder of the company Inari, which has licensed plant breeding patents he developed at UCLA.

...Read the full story here.

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