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Our project on the diversity, origin and diversification of the orchids from the Dominican Republic has been funded!

May 2, 2019

Dr. Roland Bülhmann through the Swiss Orchid Foundation has decided to support our project on the origin and diversification of the orchid flora of the Dominican Republic (108,000 GBP). We have launched the goals and expected outcomes of the project in the web portal of Epidendra (check it out here!), together with the list of participants and a preliminary list of the orchid flora of the country. 


A preprint of our paper on watermelon domestication and ancient DNA is out and was featured in several news media channels!

May 20, 2019

An early version of our manuscript on the domestication of watermelon and aDNA whole genome sequencing has been released in bioRxiv (check it out here)! It shows that 3,500 yrs ago, Egyptians were already cultivated a domesticated form of watermelon, whose flesh was red and non-bitter! We found this out by sequencing an entire genome of a ~3,500 yrs old leaf of watermelon found in Luxor, Egypt. The preprint has been featured in Science, New Scientist, Nat Geo and Yahoo.


I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining Kew Gardens as the new Orchid Sainsbury Research Leader!

April 15, 2019

After a two-year fellowship in Kew gardens, I am extremely happy to join Kew as permanent staff and take upon the role of Research Leader - Orchid Sainsbury Fellow, as a part of the Integrated Monography team, lead by Olwen Grace.