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Laurier professor named president of the Canadian Botanical Association/Association Canadienne de la Botanique
After serving two years as president-elect of the Canadian Botanical Association/Association Canadienne de la Botanique, Frédérique Guinel, professor in the Department of Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University, assumed the presidency of the Association at its annual meeting held in July in Columbus, Ohio.
The CBA/ABC serves as the national organization for botanists in Canada, including professional botanists at universities, colleges, schools, government and industry, as well as interested students, technicians and amateurs. The association represents Canadian botany and botanists in matters of local, national and international importance. The preservation of botanically significant natural areas is of special interest.
Guinel's duties for the two-year term as president are to work as the chief executive officer, to help in the planning of the annual meetings and conduct the AGM, to chair all the award committees, and be ex-officio on all other committees of the association. Specifically, for her term, she will work toward achieving compliance with the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) by the October 2014 deadline. Furthermore, she will find a long-term storage location for the CBA/ABC archives.
Guinel's area of research is symbiotic root associations. She studies the roles played by plant hormones, specifically cytokinins, in the establishment of interactions between plant roots and microorganisms. Her model organism is pea and she investigates its associations with the bacterium Rhizobium and the fungus Glomus.
Guinel received her PhD in biology from Carleton University in Ottawa. Prior to her post at Laurier, she held several post-doctoral fellowships in the United States and Canada. She has served on NSERC evaluation committees, has been an associate editor of the journal Botany since 2001, and her work is widely cited and respected, as her election as president of the CBA/ABC demonstrates.