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 Scientific Meetings

Tentative Program

Thursday, September 16, 2010

12.00                   Registration and mounting of posters

13.00                   Official opening by Dr. Jan Rammeloo & Dr. Danielle Swinne

Lunch

Theme 1 – History of Exploration

Topics considered in particular:                        

- Overseas plant hunters 

- Exploration of the tropics

13.20   Dr. Lorelai Kury (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz – Fiocruz and Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ - Brazil)

Accounts of tropical nature in scientific expeditions (18th and 19th centuries)

 

13.50   Dr. Jan Vandersmissen (Université de Liège – Belgium)

State-funded journeys of exploration and botanical knowledge in the Age of Versailles

 

14.20   Dr. John Everaert (Ghent University – Belgium)

Flanders discovers the Latin-African botany: plant hunters, greenhouses and commercialized cultivation around Ghent (1815-1870)

 

14.40   Dr. Sara Albuquerque (Royal Botanic Garden Kew – UK)

Everard im Thurn in British Guiana: collecting tropical nature

 

 

15.00            Coffee break + Poster Session

 

 

16.00   Dr. Denis Diagre (National Botanic Garden of Belgium)

Early Belgian plant collecting policy (1830-1865): Why? Where? Who benefited from it?

16.30   Dr. Marie-Stéphanie Samain (Ghent University Belgium)

Recent Belgian plant hunting for new goals

 

17.00   Dr. Christine Cocquyt (National Botanic Garden of Belgium)

Boyekoli Ebale Congo 2010:  the 21 century Congo River biodiversity expedition

 

 

 

Friday, September 17, 2010

 

Theme 2 – Study of richness, evolution and conservation

 

Topics considered in particular:                       

- Measurement of biodiversity richness

- Phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies of botanical diversity

- Conservation biology of tropical plants

- Ex situ and in situ conservation

 

9.30     Dr. Gideon Smith (South African National Biodiversity Inst., Univ. Pretoria – South Africa)

If conservation is a responsibility for all, why are taxonomists going extinct? Or are they? Perspectives from South Africa.

 

10.00 Dr. Pedro Crous (Centraal Bureau voor Schimmelcultures, Utrecht – The Netherlands)

Fungal Biodiversity: hiding in plain sight

 

10.30   Dr. Bart Buyck (National Museum of Natural History – France)

Conflicting interests in the conservation of fungi and plants

 

10.50   Coffee Break

 

11.20   Dr. Porter P. Lowry (Africa and Madagascar Dept., Missouri Botanical Garden – USA)

The essential role of botanical exploration and natural history collections for informing conservation of tropical plants

 

11.50   Dr. Ingrid Parmentier (Université Libre de Bruxelles – Belgium)

 Can models based on inventory, climate and satellite-derrived data predict tree alpa diversity of African rain forests?

 

12.10   Dr. Benny Bytebier (Bews Herbarium, University of KwaZulu-Natal – South Africa)

Have phylogenetic studies contributed to a better understanding of the African flora?

 

12.40   Break

 

14.00   Dr. Olivier Hardy (Université Libre de Bruxelles – Belgium)

New insights on species delimitation and species history using phylogeographic approaches and DNA barcodes in Central African plants

 

14.30   Dr. Carolina Granados-Mendosa (Ghent University – Belgium)

Conservation status of Hydrangea seemannii (Hydrangeaceae) in Mexico: an interference based on ecological niche modelling

 

14.50   Dr. Muthama Muasya (Department of Botany, University of Cape Town – South Africa)

 On the recent origin and assembly of the African savanna biome – evidence from dated phylogenies

 

15.20   Coffee Break

 

16.00   Dr. Balthazar Mpawenayo (Egerton University – Kenya)

The algal diversity of lakes Nakuru and Elmenteita (Kenya, East Africa)

 

16.30   Dr. Tariq Stévart (Missouri Botanical Garden – USA)

Thirteen years of experience with the Central Africa orchid stadehouse network : main results and perspectives

 

16.50   Dr. Inés O’Farrell (Department of Ecology, Genetics and Evolution, University of Buenos Aires – Argentina)

 Phytoplankton diversity analysis in a foodplain wetland along a ten-year period: different scales and approaches

 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

 

Theme 3 – Traditional and modern uses

Topics considered in particular:                       

- Tropical ethnobotany

- Sustainable use

- Non timber forest products

- Biofuels

- Plants as architectural and technological models

 

9.30     Dr. Rainer Bussmann (William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden – USA)

The William L. Brown Center at Missouri Botanical Garden: Two decades of global ethnobotanical research and sustainable resource development

 

10.00   Dr. Brice Sinsin (Faculté des Sciences agronomiques, Université d’Abomey-Calavi – Benin)

 How far local use of target plant species challenge their conservation in land use area in Africa

 

10.30   Dr. Céline Termote (Ghent University – Belgium)

 Wild edible plant knowledge by the Turumbu, Mbole and Bali ethnic groups, District Tshopo, Oriental Province, D.R. Congo

 

10.50  Coffee Break

 

11.10   Dr. Shango Mutambue (Ecole Régionale Post-Universitaire d’Aménagement et Gestion Intégrés des Forêts et Territoires Tropicaux, University of Kinshasa – RDCongo)

La place des produits forestiers non ligneux dans l’aménagement durable de la Réserve de biosphère de Luki en République Démocratique du Congo

 

11.40   Dr. Elias Bizuru (Department of Biology, National University of Rwanda – Rwanda)

Uses of indigenous woody plants and their potential for conservation in Burundi and Rwanda

 

12.10   Dr. Ivan Ingelbrecht (Ghent University – Belgium)

Conventional and modern approaches for using genetic diversity in crop improvement: the case of cassava (Manihot esculenta) in sub-Saharan Africa

 

12.30   Dr. Bob Ursem (Delft University of Technology – The Netherlands)

Nature as an ingenious engineer and designer and the necessitate importance to save the biodiversity on earth

 

13.00            Reception + Poster Session

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