Day 1

Tuesday 13 October 2020, 13:00 – 18:00 (UTC +1h)

This event has taken place but you can view day one of of the symposium on YouTube

Welcome and opening address

Host: Prof Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

13:00 – 13:15            
The Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith – Minister of State (Minister for Pacific and the Environment), UK

13:15 – 13:30            
Ms Elizabeth Maruma Mrema – Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada

13:30 – 13:40            
Prof Alexandre Antonelli – Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

Session 1: Collections – why are they important for averting biodiversity loss? What should we do to help them evolve to enable us to address future challenges?

Chair: Dr Alan Paton – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

14:10 – 14:30            
Dr Sandra Knapp – Natural History Museum, London, UK
How can dead plants help avert biodiversity loss? The past, present and future of botanical collections in a changing world

14:30 – 14:50            
Dr Judy West – Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australia
Evolving with our flora: The curation and use of Australia’s botanical collections

14:50 – 15:10            
Prof Daniel A. Ofori – CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Ghana
Germplasm collection and conservation of Allanblackia parviflora and its interactions with mycorrhiza

15:10 – 15:30            
Dr Matthew Ryan – CABI, UK
Fungal culture collections and the microbiome: Protecting biodiversity and addressing future challenges

15:30 – 15:50            
Q&A panel discussion

Session 2: Biodiversity loss – what is driving the extinction rates?

Chair: Dr Eimear M. Nic Lughadha – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

16:20 – 16:40            
Prof Bryn T. M. Dentinger – Natural History Museum of Utah and University of Utah, USA
Can we assess extinction rates in Fungi? The porcini mushroom Boletus edulis as a case study

16:40 – 17:00            
Prof John M. Halley – University of Ioannina, Greece
Predicting patterns of plant diversity loss

17:00 – 17:20            
Ludmilla Figueiredo – University of Würzburg, Germany
Extinction debts: Ecological processes behind delayed extinctions and how to study them

17:20 – 17:40            
Dr Barnaby Walker – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Intelligence-driven extinction risk priorities

17:40 – 18:00            
Q&A panel discussion


Day 2: Wednesday 14 October 2020

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