Plants, people and evolution: a meeting in honour of Barbara Pickersgill
On 4 August 2006 the Linnean Society of London hosted a one- day conference in honour of Dr Barbara Pickersgill, the geneticist and expert on Capsicum at Reading University, who retired in September 2005 after over 30 years teaching and research.
Prof. Spencer Barrett presents Barbara Pickersgill with a drawing of Capsicum plants by Jean Andrews.
You can see more pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/markanddelwen/sets/72157594245524651/
It was a rare opportunity for an audience of over one hundred to hear an international range of specialists in plant domestication, cytogenetics and taxonomy, reflecting Barbara's wide interests. Abstracts are available. Papers (but not posters) given at the meeting will be published in Annals of Botany in 2007.
09:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10.15 Welcome: David CUTLER, The Linnean Society of London, UK Vernon HEYWOOD, University of Reading, UK
10:00 - 13:00 Chair: Bill BAKER, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
10:15 - 10:45 Duncan VAUGHAN, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan Rice, people & evolution: From prehistory to the biotechnology era
10:45 - 11:15 Daniel ZOHARY, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel The impact of self-pollination on early crop domestication in the Near East
11:15 - 12:00 Refreshments
12:00 - 12:30 Mark NESBITT, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK Wheat domestication: archaeology and genetics
12:30 - 13:00 Giles WAINES, University of California, USA Domestication and Crop Physiology: Roots of a Green Revolution
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - Close Chair: Julie HAWKINS, University of Reading, UK
14:00 - 14:30 Colin HUGHES, University of Oxford, UK Backyard sympatry, spontaneous hybridisation and crop domestication in pre-Columbian Mexico - insights from Leucaena (Leguminosae)
14:30 - 15:00 Alejandro F. CASAS, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Evolutionary ecology of columnar cacti under domestication in Mesoamerica
15:00 - 15:30 Bruce D. SMITH, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA Lagenaria siceraria: Genetic and archaeological evidence for the early history of domesticated bottle gourd
15:30 - 16:15 Refreshments
16:15 - 16:45 Jonathan F. WENDEL, Iowa State University, USA Genes, jeans, and genomes: plant exploration and the wonders of cotton
16:45 - 17:15 Spencer C. H. BARRETT, University of Toronto, Canada The evolution of sexual diversity in Daffodils (Narcissus)
17:15 - 17:45 Remarks by Spencer Barrett
17:45 - 19:00 Evening Reception
19.30 Optional dinner nearby (must be pre-booked with Mark Nesbitt by 31 July)
Registration fees are low (£25/£15) and include lunch and an evening reception.
Registration form and details at the Linnean Society website:
Organisers: Julie Hawkins (j.a.hawkins at reading.ac.uk) and (Mark Nesbitt (m.nesbitt at kew.org)