Botanic Garden Meise

 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


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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