Our new Zeiss epifluorescence microscopy will be set up next week. Oct. 17, 2014.
April 22, 2014, The first field trip will begin next Sunday (April 27), a graduate student Miss Shan Chen and two staffs from Yaoshan Natural Reserve will go out with me to conduct field work in Yaoshan mountain. There are two goals for this trip: 1) use field observation and lab pollen load analysis to investigate the association between local pollination network and orchids pollinated-by-deceit; 2) hand inter-and intra-specific pollination and insect observation to see how deceptive orchids maintain reproductive isolation from each other. For conservation perspective, I will continue to focus on the factors which limit the fecundity of endangered orchids species in the wild.
Field work will begin at the end of April, this year, I will continue to work on Cypripedium and Calanthe in Yaoshan Mountanin and Yulong Snow Mountains. I am looking forward to seeing my lovely orchids again!
Oct 23, 2014. St. Louis university highlighted the special issue of American Journal of Botany, "Speaking of food: connecting basic and applied plant science", and our article in this special issue. Link: American Journal of Botany Highlights Biology Faculty Research
Oct 12-16, 2014, Ren presented a talk in "The 5th National Conference & International Workshop on Evolutionary Ecology and Plant Reproductive Biology", South China Botanical Garden, Guangzhou, China. Title: Insect pollination and self-incompatibility in edible and/or medicinal crops in southwestern China, a global hotspot of biodiversity.
August 14-16, 2014, Ren gave a talk in "The 11th National Biodiversity Science and Conservation Symposium", Shenyang, Liaoning, China. Title: Evolution and Ecology of Web-Dependent Interactions: Using Deceptive Orchids as Model Systems
March 29-30, 2014, Ren gave a talk in "The 2nd Shanghai Chenshan International Orchid Symposium and The 10th International Symposium on Diversity and Conservation of Asian Orchids", Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Shanghai, China. Title: Pollination and breeding systems in Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis hirsuta; Hypoxidaceae) and why it’s so important to the evolution of orchids.
Protecting our pollinators! Ren is officially becoming a member of NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign).
P. S. I attended the pollinator dinner 2013 in St. Louis Zoo, I showed the pollinator-lovers the different pollen grains bees were carrying after they visited multiple flowers. I washed the pollen grains from the bodies of bees, stained, then observed under microscope.
November 26, 2013 Ren is promoted to a member of
Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) from 2014 to 2018.
October 27-31, 2013 5th International Barcode of Life Conference, Kunming, China
October 15-20, 2013 Ren visited Prof. Raguso's lab, Cornell University, Ithaca
October 11-12, 2013 60th Annual Systematics Symposium: Phylogeny meets Ecology: patterns of diversity, community assembly, and niche evolution, St. Louis, USA
September 28, 2013 Ren presented his pollination work in St. Louis at St. Louis Ecology Evolution and Conservation (SLEEC) retreat. Title: Do Generalist Pollination and Self-Incompatibility in Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis hirsuta; Hypoxidaceae) Correlate with Charles Darwin's Predictions About the Evolution of Orchid Flowers?
July 31, 2013 Ren presented a talk at Botany 2013, Botanical Society of America (BSA), New Orleans. Title: Fly pollination of Section Trigonopedia in the genus Cypripedium (Orchidaceae).