Entries by stan

McMaster Greenhouse Competition

McMaster’s greenhouse, although over 50 years old, is a busy hub for teaching, research and outreach. Thousands of visitors each year – staff, students, summer campers and plant lovers at large come for the tropical atmosphere, to learn about biodiversity, and to witness the flowering of rare and unusual plants. This gem should not be […]

McMaster Biology faculty established the effective anti-rabies vaccine

McMaster Biology faculty established the effective anti-rabies vaccine used today in southern Ontario’s rabies outbreak. In 1990, Biology profofessors Lud Prevec and Frank Graham modified the adenovirus vector to express a rabies virus glycoprotein to generate an oral vaccine that can be fed to wildlife to immunise them against rabies. It is this very vaccine […]

Six new species of clawed frog discovered

Six new species of clawed frog have been discovered by a Canadian-led team of researchers hunting for the mysterious “lost ancestors” of some of their cousins. More here http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/clawed-frogs-1.3368301

Greenhouse open house

Students are invited to drop by the Biology Greenhouse Dec. 10 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Greenhouse will be open to all, and drinks and snacks will be available. – See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/worth-mentioning/de-stress-at-the-biology-greenhouse/#sthash.9VxzxY1h.dpuf

Forget herbicide

Forget herbicide – the best weapon against invasive species might just be goats Goats seem to prefer buckthorn over bergamot – and that’s a good thing for biologists. Students in Susan Dudley’s third-year biology field course got a lesson in chemical-free ecosystem rehabilitation this week when they travelled to the McMaster Forest with a small […]

Female birds can’t shake their colourful…

Female birds can’t shake their colourful fathers, and other lessons from studying 6,000 species – See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/female-birds-cant-shake-their-colorful-fathers-and-other-lessons-from-studying-6000-species/#sthash.ADzIKJpX.dpuf

Why do leaves turn red in the fall?

The changing colour of leaves is an impressive annual spectacle, but it can make one wonder, why bother creating something so beautiful just before it withers away? Well that wonder exists in the scientific community as well, says one McMaster University professor, who said there are two prevailing theories, with no clear cut answer, on […]

Art Yeas 1955-2015

With great sadness we report the passing of Mr. Art Yeas, our greenhouse manager for 38 years. This year Art received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service, achieved regional and international attention for the Titan Arum blooms and the Panda meals. He has worked tirelessly for McMaster to promote interest in plant biology and biodiversity […]

Art Yeas wins President’s Award

We’d like to congratulate Art Yeas, for winning the President’s Award for Outstanding Service , which was awarded following a colourful encomium from Marvin Gunderman. Art has distinguished himself- and the Biology Greenhouse through initiatives that have engaged the campus and local community in benefiting from and learning more about exotic plants. In addition to […]