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BRIT Receives $1.3 Million Dollar Grant from the National Science Foundation to Study Biodiversity in the Philippines

Texas botanists will collaborate with other U.S. institutions and international personnel to conduct research in threatened forests of Southeast Asia. FORT WORTH, Texas (August 28, 2018) – Researchers at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a project titled “Plant Discovery in the Southern Philippines.” Dr. Peter Fritsch, BRIT’s Vice President of Research, will head the team as Principal Investigator with co-Principal Investigators Dr. Taylor Quedensley (BRIT), Dr. Darin Penneys (University of North Carolina at Wilmington), and Dr. Daniel Nickrent (Southern Illinois University Carbondale). The project begins this month and field expeditions will begin in the spring of 2019. The Philippines...
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BRIT® Kicks Off Construction of Advanced Onsite Molecular and Structural Lab

This multi-purpose lab will be used as a plant research and teaching center for Texas universities’ graduate and post-graduate doctorial programs FORT WORTH, Texas (August 9, 2018) Focused solidly on the future, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is taking another big step in realizing its goal of becoming a top-tier plant research and education organization with the construction of a molecular and structural laboratory. On August 9, 2018, BRIT board members and supporters will be on hand to celebrate the start of the laboratory’s construction. Named the George C. and Sue W. Sumner Molecular and Structural Laboratory, the facility will house advanced molecular-level tools allowing BRIT’s plant scientists to conduct research and train the next generation of botanists who will...
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Dr. Sylvia Earle to Receive BRIT’s 2018 International Award of Excellence in Conservation

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is proud to announce that Dr. Sylvia Earle has been selected to receive BRIT’s 2018 International Award of Excellence in Conservation for her lifetime of work in marine biology and ocean conservation. Dr. Earle will be the first ocean conservationist to receive BRIT’s conservation award in its 23-year history. The award will be presented at BRIT’s annual ceremony on October 25, 2018, at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. An American oceanographer and explorer known for her research on marine algae , Dr. Earle has lived by her mantra, “no blue, no green.” She has spent her lifetime protecting and conserving the world’s oceans . Earning undergraduate and post graduate degrees in botany helped form Dr. Earle’s be...
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Dr. Ed Schneider Receives Center for Plant Conservation’s Prestigious Star Award During National Meeting

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 8, 2018) Dr. Ed Schneider, BRIT’s executive director and president, was presented with the Center of Plant Conservation’s prestigious Star Award during the organization's national meeting held at BRIT on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The award is presented annually by the executive members of the Center of Plant Conservation (CPC) to select individuals who have shown a long-term commitment to the conservation of flora of the United States. The CPC lists 4,400 rare and endangered plant species in the U.S. and Canada. Through its members, more than 1,400 (roughly one-third) of the endangered plants are now in conservation collections. Throughout Dr. Schneider’s 30-year career as a botanical teacher, researcher, and executive administrator, he has worked to save many of the pl...
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BRIT® Hosts Center for Plant Conservation’s National Meeting May 3 – 5, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 2, 2018) The Botanical Research Institute of Texas is pleased to announce that it is hosting the Center for Plant Conservation’s 2018 national meeting May 3 – 5, 2018 on the BRIT campus. The three-day conference brings together the leaders in plant conservation from the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) participating institutions to share and learn cutting-edge science and technology used to save plants. Sessions will include presentations from CPC member institutions and network partners on plant conservation accomplishments and challenges. Widely regarded as the center for information about the plants of Texas, BRIT joined the CPC in 2016 as a participating institution, one of four in the state of Texas. Other Texas members include: Mercer Arboretum (Houston), Sa...
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JOIN FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDEN AND BRIT® FOR INAUGURAL “LUNCH IN THE GARDEN”

Event Celebrates National Public Gardens Day, Kicks Off Mother’s Day Weekend What better way to celebrate National Public Gardens Day on May 11 than with a springtime “Lunch in the Garden” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event open to the public is hosted by Fort Worth Botanic Garden and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®). “We want to encourage folks to take a mid-day break, get out of their offices or homes, and experience one of Fort Worth’s most beautiful attractions during the loveliest time of the year,” said Bob Byers, Botanic Garden director. “With many of the gardens in full bloom, it’s a visually stunning time to enjoy the Garden.” The event commemorates National Public Gardens Day, drawing attention to our nation's public gardens, which include botanical gardens,...
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BRIT and Fort Worth Botanic Garden “GROW” with New Collaboration

Fort Worth, Texas (February 2, 2018) — The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden have joined forces, combining their education and volunteer efforts to launch a new, innovative partnership called GROW. Both organizations will introduce the GROW collaborative to the public during Growing in the Garden Day, a free event at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden campus from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. During the three-hour, come-and-go event, families will have the opportunity to experience programs the new collaborative will offer and to enjoy activities for all ages, such as art in the garden, a scavenger hunt, story time with nature, and composting activities, to name a few. “Our GROW team is eager to reveal the spring education and volunteer opportun...
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Alexander Valley Vineyards of Healdsburg, California Wins Top Honors in BRIT’s 2018 International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition

E. & J. Gallo Winery receives special gold corporate-wide sustainable winegrowing award Three additional wineries from Argentina and the U.S. receive medals for their outstanding ground-to-glass sustainability programs FORT WORTH, Texas – The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is pleased to announce the winners in its 2018 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition. The platinum medal goes to Alexander Valley Vineyards (AVV) of Healdsburg, California, based on the winery’s on-going sustainable programs that address the three elements of sustainability: environmental, economic, social – and the Vineyard’s wine taste. AVV is one of an elite group of wineries recognized as a Bay Area Green Business. They became a member of the California Sustainable Wi...
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