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State of the World's Plants Symposium programme

The symposium will be based around six themed sessions, each comprising talks from invited experts followed by a panel Q&A to discuss the emerging issues

Thursday 25 May 2017

09:00–10:00

Registration and refreshments

10:00–10:30

Welcome and introduction

 

Professor Kathy Willis Director of Science, RBG Kew, UK

Session 1

 

Madagascar: megadiverse and misunderstood – how can we hope to reverse threats to biodiversity?

Chair: Dr David Goyder – RBG Kew, UK

10:30–10:50
 

Dr Maria Vorontsova RBG Kew, UK
Using grasses to puzzle out ancient Madagascar

10:50–11:10
 

Dr Porter P. Lowry II  Missouri Botanical Garden, USA
Using our knowledge of Madagascar's flora to conserve what we can before it's too late

11:10–11:30
 

Herizo Andrianandrasana University of Oxford, UK / Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Madagascar
Evaluating the social and biodiversity impacts of community-based conservation projects in Madagascar

11:30–11:50
 

Tianjanahary Randriamboavonjy Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre (KMCC), Madagascar
The Itremo Massif: a new site for conservation in Madagascar’s Protected Area System

11:50–12:10

Q&A panel discussion

12:10–13:10

Lunch

Session 2

 

The immediate risk of extinction: climate change won’t matter if everything has already died out…

Chair: Dr Eimear Nic Lughadha – RBG Kew, UK

13:10–13:30
 

Dr Ruth Kiew  Forest Research Institute, Malaysia
Causes of plant extinction in Malaysia - anthropogenic, global warming or indifference?

13:30–13:50
 

Dr George Schatz Missouri Botanical Garden, USA
What will be left?

13:50–14:10
 

Dr C. Thomas Philbrick Western Connecticut State University, USA
Dams are the most pervasive global threat to Podostemaceae

14:10–14:30
 

Dr Noeleen Smyth  RBG Kew, UK
Consume, Alt, Delete

14:30–14:50

Q&A panel discussion

14:50–15:20

Refreshment break

Session 3

 

Wildfires: a necessary evil?

Chair: Dr Tom Etherington – RBG Kew, UK

15:20–15:40
 

Professor William Bond South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), National Research Foundation (NRF)
Problems with wildfires and biodiversity conservation

15:40–16:00
 

Dr Juli G. Pausas Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación (CIDE), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
Fire and plant biodiveristy – a global perspective

16:00–16:20
 

Professor Andrew C. Scott Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Fire as an Earth system process

16:20–16:40
 

Professor Vigdis Vandvik University of Bergen, Norway
A burning issue: climate and land-use controls of ecology, evolution, and landscape wildfire risk in coastal landscapes of Norway

16:40–17:00

Q&A panel discussion

17:00–18:00

One-minute poster presentations

18:00–19:20
 

Drinks reception and poster session

Sponsored by Science/AAAS

19:30–22:30

Symposium dinner (optional, pre-booking required)

Friday 26 May 2017

Session 4

 

Invasive plants: born to invade?

Chair: Dr Colin Clubbe  RBG Kew, UK

09:00–09:20
 

Dr Rosemary Newton RBG Kew, UK
Are plant traits a good predictor of invasiveness?

09:20–09:40
 

Professor Petr Pyšek Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Biogeography of plant invasions: interaction of native range habitat legacy and species traits

09:40–10:00
 

Professor Laura A. Meyerson University of Rhode Island, USA
Genome size variation and its implications for the invasive fitness of plants 

10:00–10:20
 

Professor Christoph Kueffer University of Applied Sciences (HSR) Rapperswil, Switzerland
Invasive plants: new solutions for the Anthropocene

10:20–10:40

Q&A panel discussion

10:40–11:10

Refreshment break

Session 5

 

 

From field to healed: how do we detect the medicinal plants of the future?

Sponsored by the New Phytologist Trust

Chair: Professor Monique Simmonds – RBG Kew, UK

11:10–11:30
 

Her Excellency, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim President of the Republic of Mauritius
African herbal pharmacopoeia – potential leads from the Indian Ocean region

11:30–11:50
 

Professor Nina Rønsted Natural History Museum of Denmark
Phylogenetic exploration of medicinal plant diversity

11:50–12:10
 

Dr Christine Leon RBG Kew, UK
Beyond species level discovery: insights from Traditional Chinese Medicine  

12:10–12:30
 

Professor Sarah O’Connor John Innes Centre, UK
How do plants make drugs?

12:30–12:50

Q&A panel discussion

12:50–13:00

Group photo

13:00–14:10

Lunch

Session 6

 

 

Valuing nature: which plant species are most valuable?

Sponsored by PBL

Chair: Dr Paul Wilkin – RBG Kew, UK

14:10–14:30
 

Dr Geoffrey H. Donovan USDA Forest Service, USA / Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, New Zealand
The public-health benefits of plants: direct health benefits and bio-indicators of health risks

14:30–14:50
 

Professor Philip C. Stevenson RBG Kew, UK
What are the most important plants for pollinators

14:50–15:10
 

Dr Yude Pan USDA Forest Service, USA / Harvard University, USA 
Global forest carbon sinks and the future perspective

15:10–15:30

 

Dr Rodrigo Cámara Leret RBG Kew, UK
The provisioning services of tropical American palms

15:30–15:50

Q&A panel discussion

15:50–16:00

 

 

Poster presentation awards and closing remarks

Sponsored by the New Phytologist Trust and Society for Experimental Biology

Chair: Professor Kathy Willis – Director of Science, RBG Kew, UK

16:00–17:45

Refreshments and optional tours of Kew’s Collections

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