State of the World's Plants & Fungi Symposium 2023 poster presentations

The full repertoire of posters featured during this year's Symposium, and how to engage with them.

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Posters will be open for viewing throughout the symposium including a designated poster session and drinks reception on Wednesday 11 October. Prizes will be awarded for the best student and early career researcher posters. 

All poster presentations will be accompanied by a one-minute flash talk, given in order of poster number. You can find guidelines for preparing your poster and flash talk on the FAQs page.

Download the full list of poster abstracts in the link below! 

P1       Plant and macrofungi conservation in Azerbaijan and assessed species 

Dilzara Aghayeva, Institute of Botany, Ministry of Science and Education, Republic of Azerbaijan 


P2       Oman Botanic Garden

Laila Said Al Harthy, Oman Botanic Garden, Sultanate of Oman 


P3       Evolution of pollen in the Adesmia clade (Leguminosae, Dalbergieae): Novel morphological data support a new classification 

Higor Antonio-Domingues, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 


P4       Filling in the gaps: Advancing botanical record-keeping and living collection management at Species360 

Waheed Arshad, Species360, UK 


P5       On the rocks: Biogeography and floristic identity of rocky ecosystems in Eastern South America 

Luisa Azevedo, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil 


P6       Fungal conservation: Resolving gaps in the distribution of grassland fungi – where are they? 

Aileen Baird, Natural England, UK 


P7       Research at Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum

Lauren Baker, Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, UK


P8       Bringing plants to the table: Building a subsample of plants that represents global diversity patterns 

Ludwig Baldaszti, University of Edinburgh, UK 


P9       Three in four undescribed plant species are threatened with extinction 

Matilda Brown, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 


P10     Sonoran Desert ex-situ conservation gap analysis: Charting the path toward conservation 

María Guadalupe Chávez-Hernández, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 


P11     Fungus-mediated plant-pollinator mutualism in Monoon laui (Annonaceae) 

Yanwen Chen, University of Hong Kong, China 


P12     Adaptive genomics and phylogeography of Guazuma ulmifolia (Malvaceae) 

Natalia Contreras-Ortiz, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK 


P13     Reintroduction of rare and endangered wood-decay fungi through inoculation and translocation

Joette Crosier, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finland 


P14     High proportion of Data Deficient taxa hinders conservation of potential fungal EDGE species 

Susana Cunha, University of Coimbra, Portugal 


P15     Photographic field guide to the common grasses of Madagascar 

Rafael F. de Almeida, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 


P16     Hidden treasures: Mobilising the type collections of the Cambridge University Herbarium 

Anne Dubéarnès, University of Cambridge, UK 


P17     Angiosperms on the EDGE of existence 

Felix Forest, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 


P18     Genetic diversity and pathogenicity of rice sheath rot disease-associated fungi in Fogera plain, Ethiopia 

Tilahun Gizaw, University of Gondar, Ethiopia 


P19     Digitisation of Kew Herbarium: Developing and creating new workflows for new acquisitions  

Ellie Graves, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK  


P20     Role of microhabitats in ex situ conservation in the National Botanic Garden Vácrátót 

Krisztian Halász, CER National Botanic Garden, Vácrátót, Hungary 


P21     Private gardens – an overlooked resource in plant conservation 

Jesper Jørgensen, Royal Danish Horticultural Society, Denmark 


P22     From spatial conservation prioritisation to conservation action: Lessons from Important Plant Areas around the world  

Laura Kor, King’s College London, UK  


P23     The state of Endangered and Critically Endangered wild pear species of Central Asia 

Georgina Magin, Fauna & Flora, UK 


P24     A perspective of the future of SE Asian sedges: Opportunities in an almost unexplored field  

José Ignacio Márquez-Corro, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK  


P25     Tropical Important Plant Areas in the heart of South America: Assessing extinction risk of the endemic and rare plants in the Chiquitano dry forests and the dry Andean valleys of Bolivia 

Maira Martinez-Ugarteche, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 


P26     Using roundabouts to investigate drivers of plant and microbial community assemblage in urban spaces  

Ethan Mitchell-Innes, Edge Hill University, UK  


P27     ParseGBIF: A tool for parsing species occurrence records into unique collections events

Alexandre Monro, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK


P28     How leaf traits impact decomposition and our understanding of the fossil record 

Sandro Muller, University of Galway, Ireland 


P29     Fungal communities in water repellent soils in a southern Alpine valley 

Lidia Nicola, University of Pavia, Italy 


P30     Variation in tuberisation and seed yield in African yam bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) 

Precious Amarachi Nwogwugwu, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria 


P31     Preservation biases in the fossil record can be linked to modern plant extinction risk through leaf traits 

Harrison O'Rourke, University of Galway, Ireland 


P32     EDGE Zones: Spatial priorities for the conservation of plant and animal evolutionary history 

Sebastian Pipins, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 


P33     Use of mycorrhiza to improve restoration success in tropical forest, Southeastern Madagascar 

Daniel V. Rafidimanana, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar 


P34     Phylogeny, diversification, historical biogeography and conservation of Madagascar orchids 

Landy Rita Rajaovelona, Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre, Madagascar 


P35     Diversity and evolution of Cyperaceae in Madagascar with focus on Bulbostylis 

Fitiavana Rasaminirina, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar 


P36     Ecological and evolutionary constraints on floral chemical defences in wild tomato 

Hannah Ronan-Brown, University of Sheffield, UK 


P37     Community engagement to promote in situ conservation of threatened trees 

Rainie Schulte, Fauna & Flora, UK


P38     Priorities for advancing research on African Convolvulaceae: Diversity, endemism hotspots and knowledge gaps  

Ana Rita Simões, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK  


P39     Genome size is positively correlated with extinction risk in herbaceous angiosperms 

Marybel Soto Gomez, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 


P40     Genetic diversity of germplasm banks of Hancornia speciosa, a food resource in Brazil 

Juliana Lopes Souza, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Brazil 


P41     New insights into the relationships between plants and fungi in early terrestrial environments 

Christine Strullu-Derrien, Natural History Museum, UK 


P42     The case of Arctic lichens: Do lichens adapt or experience bleaching as a response to warming? 

Jiri Šubrt, University of Edinburgh, UK 


P43     Effect of imitated self-pollination and cross-pollination on fruit set in Cephalanthera longifolia and Cephalanthera rubra (Orchidaceae) 

Laurynas Taura, Nature Research Centre, Lithuania 


P44     Kew’s collections go digital: Incorporating a volunteer programme into a mass digitisation project

Amy Trafford, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK


P45     Revisiting the history of the TI herbarium to envision the future of herbaria in Japan 

Diego Tavares Vasques, Koishikawa Botanical Garden, University of Tokyo, Japan 


P46     Debunking “wild”: The potential contribution of paleoecology and archaeology to ecosystem conservation 

Marguerite Waechter-Eliez, University of Oxford, UK 


P47     Using the Global Inventory of Floras and Traits (GIFT) for plant macroecological research 

Patrick Weigelt, University of Göttingen, Germany 


P48     Challenges of upscaling herbarium digitisation to complete the entire collection 

Ashleigh Whittaker, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 


P49     Poster submission withdrawn


P50     Biogeographic studies in Zornia J.F.Gmel. (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae): Evolutionary transitions between biomes 

Laís Couto Zeferino, Universidade Estadual Paulista “Julio de Mesquita Filho”, Brazil 

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