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The mission of the International Association of Bryologists (IAB), as a society, is to strengthen bryology by encouraging interactions among all persons interested in byophytes.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Biotech startup seeking plant molecular biologists in San Francisco

We are seeking technicians, scientists, lab managers and interns who have experience with molecular biology in plants, especially molecular cloning, tissue culture, protoplasts, transformation, and P. patens. Salary $40,000-80,000, plus cash bonus from participation in profit share and equity of 1-2% in stock options.

TAXA Biotechnologies (formerly Glowing Plant) is a very small startup located in San Francisco. We genetically engineer plants to make useful and interesting products for consumers. We're best known currently for our crowdfunding campaign to make a real Glowing Plant. A major goal is to correct the public perception of genetically engineered plants by introducing them to fun, interesting and tangible products, as well as through education and outreach.

If interested, please send your CV and cover letter to: jamey at glowingplant.com.

Jamey Kain, PhD
Senior Molecular Biologist
Glowing Plant & TAXA

Monday, April 18, 2016

Conservation and Endangered Species Grant competition

The Council of the International Association of Bryologists wishes to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the following award:
Conservation and Endangered Species Grant.
Deadline: May 15th, 2016.

Eligibility: This granting opportunity is only open to IAB members. (If you are not a member, this is an opportunity to join the International Associations of Bryologists; please contact Matt von Konrat for details.

Proposal details: The proposal must contain: A. description of project; B. its rationale; C, activities; D, budget; E, expected outputs. The proposal should be a maximum of 4 pages (minimum font 12, 1 inch margins, single spaced) and contain a description of and rationale for the project, the objectives and methodology, detailed budget and justification and a prediction of expected outputs. Please note that at the time of the award (not the application) evidence must be presented for any necessary plant collecting permits or equivalent permission from necessary authorities. Detailed information about the grant can be found at:

http://iab-bryologists-website.blogspot.com/search/label/Awards%20and%20Grants

Details are also provided below.

Review and recommendation process: Proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the conservation committee, which will recommend applications it deems suitable for funding to the IAB Council for final approval. The subcommittee includes: Tomas Hallingbäck, Claudine Ah-Peng, Noris Salazar, Lars Söderström and Benito Tan.

Submission process: Please send proposals to Tomas Hallingbäck

Please direct any question you may have to Tomas.


On behalf of the IAB council



Bernard Goffinet

President of IAB





Conservation and Endangered Species Grants

•      Open only to IAB members (this is an opportunity to update your membership if you have not already done so).

•      Amount normally up to $600 US per applicant.

•      Grants may be made at any time provided funds are available.

•      Grants to be announced on IAB website and BT.

•      Priority will be given to projects focusing on rare species, habitat protection or bryophyte hotspots in high need of conservation actions.

•      The proposal should contain: A. description of project; B. its rationale; C, activities; D, budget; E, expected outputs.

•      The following points should be noted: Is the species, habitat or hotspot vulnerable, threatened or endangered? If not, does this study intend to collect data for identifying the status of a potentially endangered or threatened species, or is the species under study used as a model for a threatened or endangered species, and, if so, please specify how the study will help conservation efforts. Is the species (and possible study) included in the IUCN SSC Bryophyte Action Plan (Hallingbäck & Hodgetts 2000)? Has the conservation significance, impact and outcome of the study been clearly identified and stated? Is there any other commentary on the nature of the threat and corrective action? Is the study, education plan, or other action proposed sound in respect to what is known about the species/ habitat/ people? Is proposed methodology sound and feasible for implementation? Are there experienced project principals? Is there a training content involving local people?

•      Grant applications should be sent to the Chair of the Conservation Committee.

•      Additional information can be seen on the IAB website and Conservation Committee web pages.

•      The Conservation Committee will recommend applications it deems suitable for funding; the IAB Council will make final approval.

•      A Budget Report and Project Report must be submitted within 2 years to Conservation Committee.

•      If a member of the Conservation Committee wishes to apply, that person must have no involvement in the discussions.



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Bernard Goffinet, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
75 NorthEagleville road
University of Connecticut
Storrs CT
06269-3043

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