Future Forest: Will higher air temperatures affect Canada’s evergreen forests?

20 Dec 2012 - 2:10pm

In a warmer world, we expect glaciers will melt and sea levels will rise, but what impact will higher air temperatures have on Canada’s vast – and economically vital – evergreen forests? Ingo Ensminger, a professor of biology at U of T Mississauga, is heating a patch of land at Koffler Scientific Reserve north of Toronto as part of an experiment he hopes will yield some answers. Earlier this year, Ensminger and his team planted 1,200 white pine seedlings on a dozen small plots at the U of T facility (a portion of the site is shown at left).

Congratulations to Andrea Gauthier!

4 Dec 2012 - 2:00pm

At the annual Association of Medical Illustrators conference, hosted this year by BMC here in Toronto, Andrea presented her work on meningoencephalitis, attached below. For this stunning illustration, she received the Award of Excellence in Instructional Colour, as well as the prestigious Orville Parkes Best in Show Award for top student artwork in still media.

In addition, Andrea convocated last month, so another congratulation is in order!

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Congratulations to Charlotte de Araujo, from the Espie lab!

4 Dec 2012 - 1:58pm

The Canadian Society of Plant Biologist held its Eastern Regional meeting at Wilfred Laurier University this weekend (Nov 30 – Dec 1). At the meeting Charlotte was formally recognized by the Society for giving an outstanding oral presentation (title and abstract below). She was awarded second place among all student presentations. Well done!

Everyday Evolution

9 Oct 2012 - 11:48am

Take a good look around on your next nature hike. Not only are you experiencing the wonders of the outdoors – you’re probably also witnessing evolution in action.

New research from the University of Toronto Mississauga  on the effect of insects on plant populations has shown that evolution can happen more quickly than was previously assumed, even over a single generation. The study appears in the Oct. 5 issue of Science.


Biological markers increase clinical trial success rate of new breast cancer drugs

9 Oct 2012 - 11:44am

Using biological markers—genetic characteristics that are associated with some patients with breast cancer—can increase the success rate of clinical trials for breast cancer drugs by almost 50 per cent, says new research from the University of Toronto Mississauga.

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