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31st New Phytologist Symposium. Orchid symbioses: models for evolutionary ecology
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5/14/2013 to 5/16/2013
When: 5/14/2013
Where: Calabria
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31st New Phytologist Symposium. Orchids are outstanding models of biological interactions, due to their strong and diverse links with pollinators and mycorrhizal fungi, which are required for their germination. Biological interactions have strongly shaped the life cycle, reproductive biology and morphology of orchids. In addition, both kinds of interactions range from mutualistic to exploitive in mycoheterotrophic or pollinator-deceiving species. Indeed, the 24000 species of this family have already attracted a large number of research programs. Many tools have recently been applied to the study of orchid interactions, such as chemical ecology, stable isotopes, high-throughput sequencing and in vitroexperimental designs, and data from tropical ecosystems are now increasingly published. A wide spectrum of conceptual evolutionary frameworks, such as general evolutionary theories on mutualism and plant distribution, as well as robust phylogenies are now available, but still poorly utilised in orchid research. The key aim of this symposium is to improve the links between theory and field work, and also the integration of studies focusing on pollinators and mycorrhizal fungi, at physiological or ecological levels. In addition to this, we hope that the meeting will promote the exchange of methods and results and make it clear that orchid research can contribute to our general understanding of biological interactions and their evolutionary consequences. For further info visit the website or contact
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