Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

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A Trip to Seville Farms

A couple of weeks ago, over half of the BRIT building was eerily empty for a day as the whole research department set off for a tour of Seville Farms, which is owned and operated by one of our board members, Billy Brentlinger. Seville Farms is a large-scale plant nursery providing annuals, perennials, and ground covers to numerous garden centers across Texas. The farms have five facilities containing over three million square feet! On this trip we visited the headquarters in Mansfield, Texas, and Billy and his right-hand-man John gave us an in-depth tour of the operations, start to finish.
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Yunnan, China

Dr. Peter Fritsch, BRIT’s VP of Research and Director of the Herbarium, is on a visiting scholarship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, based at the Kunming Institute of Botany in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Peter went on a brief (8-day) field trip in late October-early November to far northeastern Yunnan Province and the bordering area of Guizhou Province.
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Youth Range Workshop 2016

Just imagine trying to keep up with 25 energetic, enthusiastic, inquisitive high school students for a week in the middle of a hot, dry summer in the semi-arid country around Junction, Texas. Well, I accepted that challenge even though it had been 35 years since the last time I did it!
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The changing plant life of small islands in the Sea of Cortéz

We met at the office at 6:30 am and proceeded to spend about two hours packing the truck with food. 40 mouths are many to feed, and after hundreds of pounds of coolers, boxes, bags of rice, and beans, stuffed in between with fresh fruit, we load up and hit the road...
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World Record Largest Myxomycete Found On BRIT Campus

In April 2016, a world record myxomycete was discovered on the BRIT campus. We're here to answer your questions: What is a myxomycete? Why does this matter? Should we be scared of it?
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Documenting Diversity: The First Step in Conservation

We love playing a part in saving rare plants. But BRIT has a unique role in the process: documentation of rare species. If you don’t know it’s there, you can’t conserve it!
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Grey Fox: Exploring an Ancient Maya Center

BRIT researcher associates and colleagues work with the Maya Research Program's Blue Creek Archaeological Project to investigate the flora in far northwestern Belize. The "Grey Fox" site is one of only four Maya plaza-pyramid centers remaining in northwestern Belize.
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Sustainable Ranching in Mexico

Mission: launching Alianca da Terra in Mexico. This blog: a visit to the ranch corridor of Cuenca Los Ojos AC in Mexico. Participants: Lilian Jacinto & Jaime Dias (Alianca da Terra) Jose Manuel Perez, Valer Austin, Javier Rivera, & Rafael del Castillo (Cuenca de Los Ojos) Enrique Cisneros Tello (Fondo Mexicano) Francisco “Paco” Ruiz Ramirez (Serranias Del Burro, Rainmaker Trust) The group on the US/MX border (Sula is 4th from left). El Coronado Ranch Early morning walk at El Coronado Day 1. Arriving at the airport I’m met by Jose Manuel Perez of Cuenca Los Ojos and two Brazilian colleagues from Alianca da Terra. We quickly drive out of the city, arriving in the dark to El Coronado Ranch, one of just two Arizona ranches north of the US/MX border that are part of the binational conservation...
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