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Biodiversity in Solanum: Characterization, Conservation and Utilization
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Biodiversity in Solanum: Characterization, Conservation and Utilization

5/7/2014 to 5/8/2014

When: 5/7/2014
Where: Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja


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Southern Ecuador is one of the megadiverse regions of the world due to the presence of the Huancabamba (Andes) depression, where the breakup of the Andes cordillera has led to habitat fragmentation. Adaptive radiation of both plant and animal species in this region make it a natural laboratory for the study of speciation. This symposium will showcase the biodiversity of Solanum, a complex genus with many wild species and important crop species including potato, tomato, pepper and eggplant, as well as other regional crops such as naranjilla, tamarillo, and pepino, which have the potential for wider distribution. In addition, the two day meeting will involve panel and informal discussions of the protection of wild germplasm, and the development of international collaborative research to identify, conserve, and utilize biodiversity in this richly diverse group of organisms. Details (in English and Spanish), including information for registration and travel, can be found at the Symposium website:

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