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Draw Me a Terpene

9 November 2014

Alexis St-Gelais – Popularization One of the strangest aspects of the life of a chemist is to constantly be working with something we can (almost) never see as a unit: a molecule. In fact, a considerable part of our job is to draw conclusions from data obtained indirectly in order to deduce the structure of

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The importance of plant identification – Part 3

31 October 2014

Hubert Marceau – Popularization Figure 1: S. lycopersicum (Source) Have you ever heard of Tomtatoes? It is tomato plant, Solanum lycopersicum (Figure 1), graft on a potato plant, Solanum tuberosum. This gives a plant that bear edible roots (tubers to be more precise) and fruits. Why not them start using all the rest and make a salad

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The importance of plant identification – Part 1

20 October 2014

Hubert Marceau – Popularization Figure 1: C. sativa (source) October 1st 2014 will surely be a memorable day for a retired man from Georgia, USA. To his suprise, a heavily armed police force assisted by a K9 unit and a helicopter dropped in his garden. The local police department were suspecting the presence of Cannabis sp. (Figure

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Introducing plants from the boreal forest of Quebec – Card # 3 : Coptis trifolia (L.)

29 September 2014

Laurie Caron – Plant card Figure 1 : Plant representation. Latin name: Coptis trifolia (L.) and its former name is Coptis groenlandica (Oeder) Fern. Common Names: Goldthread Greenland, Sabouillane, Sibouillane, Gold-thread.  Small herbaceous perennial with rhizomes slender, wiry and yellow gold (Figure 1). The leaves of this plant are basal, long-stalked, glossy superiorly (Figure 2)1.

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Introducing plants from the boreal forest of Quebec – Card # 2 : Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook

22 September 2014

Laurie Caron – Plant Card Latin name: Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook Common names: Immortal, Immortal silver, Life-everlasting, Anaphale daisy.  Anaphalis margaritacea is a herbaceous, perennial and widespread in the temperate boreal zone1. It is often found in fields and roadsides (Figure 1). You can easily recognize this plant by its long stem (30-100

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