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In the News - Professor called to rescue more orchids


Illinois College’s internationally known orchid specialist has been called to the rescue again.

This time, biology professor Lawrence Zettler and a small team of IC staff and students are helping the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England attempt to save “critically endangered” orchids in Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean off southeast Africa.

“I was approached by the Royal Botanic Gardens about a year ago because they said my experience and knowledge of growing similar orchids in North America could be applied to orchid conservation in Madagascar,” Zettler said.

Zettler is recognized for using orchid fungi to grow rare orchids from seeds.

He and the IC biology department have been working for 10 years to propagate a rare Hawaiian orchid.

Read the entire story as it appears in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier.
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