iMOSS 2018 meeting

The International Molecular Moss Science Society (iMOSS) 2018 meeting was held in Saint Petersburg (Florida, US) between June 3rd and June 6th. It was hosted by the McDaniel’s lab whose members made an outstanding job organizing a dynamic and distended conference that gathered many excellent talks and posters from senior and early career researchers in moss experimental biology. Researchers from universities from 8 different countries and 19 different US states presented interesting research about hormonal control of branching pattern in mosses, seasonal control of reproduction in Physcomitrella patens, sexual dimorphism in life history traits and sex chromosome evolution in Ceratodon purpureus, nitrogen fixing rates of mosses and associated microbes, and desiccation tolerance in dessert moss Syntrichia caninervis, among others. We had the chance to present the latest results in the study of the genetic and epigenetic basis of heavy metal tolerance in mosses as part of BRYOMICS (check out our contribution below). It was a great opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas in a superior environment.


USF Undergraduate Research Symposium 2018

Our amazing undergraduates Luiza Simoes, Olivia Santiago and Stephen Savage, did a great job representing BRYOMICS at the USF Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the University of South Florida in Tampa (FL) on April 19th 2018.

Contribution to NPS 2017

BRYOMICS contributed to the 40th New Phytologist Symposium in Plant Epigenetics celebrated in Vienna (Austria) in September 2017. The Symposium gathered researchers from 22 different countries around the world studying model and non-model plants, annuals, perennials and trees, and applying several different methods to assess the molecular mechanisms and the ecological and evolutionary significance of epigenetics in these organisms.

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Bryophytes at school

Dr. Boquete visited Pizzo Elementary Public School, in Tampa (FL). This visit arose from an initiative by Karena Nguyen, a graduate student from the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida. She developed a program to teach hands-on science at this school and included a "Guest Scientist" activity, inviting graduate students and postdocs to talk about their research at the school. During a little bit more than one hour, the students had the chance to meet the bryophytes, their characteristics, their capacity to withstand harsh environmental conditions and the habitats where they can be found (at school, in the park, in their backyards). They had the chance to recover some mosses from desiccation using colored water and observed how the plants rehydrated really quickly by absorbing water through their entire surface, and not by their roots (as is the case in vascular plants). Besides, they observed several moss species under the dissection microscope, which they loved!! It was a great experience.

Interview with David Alcantara from SACSIS

Dr. David Alcantara, Chair of the Society for the Improvement of Science (SACSIS), a non-profit organization that seeks to contribute to the advancement of science, interviewed Dr. Boquete after the European Commission (EC) communicated its decision of funding BRYOMICS. Among other things, SACSIS provides a service that seeks to help scientists getting funds from the EC. Dr. Boquete made use of their advice in preparing the proposal for BRYOMICS which ended up being a successful application. In this interview, Dr. Boquete talks about her scientific career and her experience applying for an MSCA fellowship.