Ariana wins Wherry Award at Botany 2018!

Ariana Eily received the Edgar T. Wherry Award at the Botany 2018 meetings in Rochester, MN for her stellar presentation on:

A glimpse at genes critical to the Azolla-Nostoc symbiosis”.

This award is given for the best paper presented during the contributed papers session of the Pteridological Section at the annual Botany meetings. Wherry was an American botanist and mineralogist, and president of the American Fern Society from 1934–1939. He published several guides on eastern North American ferns, and donated the royalties from these books to the Fern Society.

Congratulations, Ariana!


Fern-tastic! Crowdfunded fern genomes published in Nature Plants


On July 17, 2014, the world decided it wanted to learn the genomic secrets hidden in the beautiful little, floating water fern, Azolla filiculoides. Not only did they want to know, but they paid for it too – a whopping $22,160 from 123 backers – through a crowdfunding site called Four years later, they have what they paid for, and more! Read more…