New perspectives on climbing plants

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New perspectives on climbing plants

Day Meeting

Wednesday 22nd - Friday 24th October

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J0BF, UK


The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, TW9 3A

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“The tendril has done its work and has done it in an admirable manner”

Charles Darwin 1865 -The movements and habits of climbing plants

Climbing plants have fascinated botanists for centuries: from the time of Darwin 

New Perspectives

and his contemporaries up to the present. The significance of vines and lianas for the world’s ecosystems is under intense debate, particularly for tropical and sub-tropical environments.

With on-going studies indicating that vines and lianas are increasing in ecological importance, it is becoming increasingly necessary to renew, intensify and coordinate research on all aspects of climbing plants.

This meeting will provide a renewed focus for the understanding of these fascinating and often bizarre plants. In a thematically diverse programme, world experts will explore the biology, ecology, evolution, functional biology, biomechanics, anatomy and development of vines and lianas.

Our schedule will also include studies investigating the potential of climbing plant diversity for biomimetic research: an exciting example of the search for bio-inspired materials and technologies from the natural world.

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  • Why are climbing plants increasing in ecological importance?
  • What functional traits underlie this increase?
  • What are the mechanics, physics and chemistry behind attachment mechanisms?
  • What evolutionary patterns underlie this diversity and success?
  • How does climate change – increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 – influence their growth?
  • What methods and tools (identification keys, data base technologies, ecological approaches, study plots, experimentation) do we need to develop and improve?
  • What properties of vines and lianas are useful for biomimetics research?

Confirmed speakers for this meeting are

  • Stefan Schnitzer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
  • Wendy Silk, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
  • Ernesto Gianoli, Universidad de la Serena, Chile
  • Veronica Angyalossy, Universidade de Sãu Paulo, Brazil
  • Saara DeWalt, Clemson University, SC, USA.
  • Bill Baker, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.
  • Robyn Burnham, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
  • Nick Rowe,CNRS Montpellier, France
  • Thomas Speck, Botanischer Garten, Universität Freiburg, Germany
  • Marcelo Pace, Universidade de Sãu Paulo, Brazil.
  • Cloé Paul-Victor, Botanischer Garten, Universität Freiburg, Germany.
  • Jennifer Powers, University of Minnesota, MN, USA
  • Sandrine Isnard, Centre IRD and Herbarium, Nouméa, New Caledonia

A full programme can be found here

We invite applications for talks and posters for a two day meeting at The Linnean Society of London (22nd and 23rd October 2014); speakers and registered participants are also welcome to attend the round table meeting at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (24th October 2014) with the objective of fostering collaboration and better integrated studies at different scales: from ecology and evolution todetailed studies of functional biology and development.

Please send applications for talks and posters to Dr Nick Rowe at the address below. The deadline for this open call for papers – talks and posters –on all aspects of climbing plants is the 30th of June 2014.

Dr Nick Rowe,

CNRS, UMR 5120, Botany, Bioinformatics and Plant Architecture- AMAP, Montpellier, France

Tel:(++33) (0) 467617553 , Fax: (++33) (0) 467615668

To register, please fill out the form below. If you would like to register more than one delegate, please fill out this form.

Registration is £50 (£30) for students. If you have any problems registering, please contact Tom Simpson. +44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT (11)

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