Conservation of Epiphytic Orchids of South Florida

For over 5 years, we have been collaborating with wildlife biologist, Larry Richardson, on research projects within the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. We have conducted experiments ranging from the reintroduction of Epidendrum nocturnum assisted by mycorrhizal fungi, to floral fragrance analysis of the ghost orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii. Currently, we are working with entomologist, Dr. Jennifer Zettler (Armstrong Atlantic State University), to assess the incidence of pests (scale insects) on native orchid populations. We have also started using molecular techniques to identify the mycorrhizal fungi of epiphytic orchid seedlings (protocorms) recovered in situ, in collaboration with Dr. Laura Corey (Illinois College). Research at the refuge is made possible by summer internships for two IC students who live and work at the site for one month.
Kane orchids lab 

Photo: James Sadler Photo: Andrew Stice
Photo: Larry Richardson Photo: Larry Richardson

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