EUNOPS 2005 - Linnean Society of London & the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK

April 6 - 8


DAY 1: April 6 – Venue: The Linnean Society

9.15 Registration

9.45 Welcome

Session 1:Structural Biology & Biomechanics – Chair: Bill Baker

10.00 P. Barry Tomlinson – The Uniqueness of Palms

10.30 Paula Rudall – Evolution of the palm flower

11.00 - 11.30 BREAK

11.30 Hélène Adam, Stefan Jouannic, Fabienne Morcillo, Jean-Luc Verdeil, Yves Duval & James W. Tregear – Determination of flower structure in Elaeis guineensis: Do palms use the same homeotic genes as other species?

12.00 Sophie Nadot, Julie Sannier, Beatrice Albert, Arlette Forchioni & Madeline M. Harley– Post-meiotic development of pollen in palms

12.30 Sandrine Isnard – Biomechanics and development of rattans: What is special about Plectocomia himalayana?

13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH

Session 2: Phylogeny & Evolution – Chair: Henrik Balslev

14.00 Madeline M. Harley – A summary and review of fossil records for Arecaceae

14.30 Aaron D. Pan, Bonnie F. Jacobs, John Dransfield & William J. Baker – The fossil history of palms in Africa and new records from the late Oligocene (~27-28Ma) of Chilga Woreda, northwestern Ethiopia

15.00 Conny B. Asmussen, John Dransfield, and William J. Baker – Plastid DNA phylogeny and the classification of palms

15.30 – 16.00 BREAK

16.00 William J. Baker, Conny B. Asmussen, Mark W. Chase, John Dransfield, Felix Forest, Madeline M. Harley, Natalie W. Uhl & Vincent Savolainen – Supertrees, supermatrices and a dated phylogeny of all palm genera

16.30 Carl E. Lewis, Julissa Roncal, Javier Francisco-Ortega & Scott Zona – Phylogeny and evolution of West Indian palms

17.00 Hugh C. Harries – Cocos from coast to coast: change without speciation


DAY 2: April 7 – Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Workshops – Venue: Museum No. 1


  • 1. Structural Biology Convenor:
    Jack Fisher
  • 2. Ecology Convenor:
    Henrik Balslev

11.00 – 11.30 BREAK


  • 3. Phylogeny &
    Evolution Convenor: Conny Asmussen
  • 4. Conservation &
    Sustainable Use Convenor: Terry Sunderland

12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH

Tours & Free Time

14.00 – 16.00 Tour of palm collections

17.00 – 18.00 Garden tour by Kew Explorer


19.15 CONFERENCE DINNER (pre-booking essential)

DAY 3: April 8 – Venue: The Linnean Society

Session 1: New Frontiers in Palm Systematics – Chair: Madeline Harley

9.30 John Dransfield, Natalie W. Uhl, Conny B. Asmussen, William J. Baker, Madeline M. Harley & Carl E. Lewis– Outline of a new phylogenetic classification of the palm family, Arecaceae

10.00 Finn Borchsenius, Henrik Balslev & Anders Barfod – Palm taxonomy on the web - palm-base and beyond.

10.30 Andrew Henderson – Traditional morphometrics in plant systematics and their role in palm systematics

11.00 – 11.30 BREAK

Session 2: Ecology & Diversity – Chair: Scott Zona

11.30 Stine Bjorholm, Jens-Christian Svenning, William J. Baker, Fleming Skov & Henrik Balslev – The boreotropical legacy in the geographic diversity patterns of New World palm (Arecaceae) clades

12.00 Rommel Montufar & Jean-Christophe Pintaud – Diversity and ecology of Western Amazonian palms

12.30 Marie-Charlotte Anstett – How palms attract pollinators: the role of perfumes

13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH

14.00 Mauro Galetti, Camila Donati & Alexandra S. Pires – Effects of forest fragmentation and defaunation on seed predation and dispersal of an endemic palm in the Atlantic Forest

Session 3: Conservation & Sustainable Use – Chair: Marie-Charlott Anstett

14.30 Edwino S. Fernando – Palm hotspots and priority biodiversity conservation areas in the Philippines

15.00 Leng Guan Saw – Palm conservation in Malaysia

15.30 – 16.00 BREAK

16.00 Rodrigo Bernal & Gloria Galeano – Patterns of endangerment of Colombian Palms
16.30 Terry C.H. Sunderland, Michael P.B. Balinga & Phosiso Sola< – Utilisation, management and conservation of African palms



Abranson Katie, Imperial College, London, UK
Ackers Graham, Deersbrook, Horsham Road, Walliswood, Surrey RH5 5RL, UK
Allen Jane, The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK
Anstett Marie-Charlotte , 1919 Route de Mende, F34 230 Montpellier Cedex, France
Askgaard Aino, 10 Cherin Du Champ-Baron, 1209 Geneve, Switzerland
Asmussen Conny, Royal Veterinary & Agricultural University, Copenhagen Denmark
Bacon Christine, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, USA
Baker Bill, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Balslev Henrik, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Barford, Anders, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Bayton Ross, University of Reading, UK
Bernal Rodrigo, Universidad Nacional de Columbia, Bogota, Colombia
Bise Bastian, Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland
Borchsenius Finn, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Bjorholm Stine, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Bridgewater Sam, Natural Histoy Museum, London, UK
Chase Mark, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Cibrian Angelica, Columbia University, New York, USA
Clausen Jens, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Cooke Dave, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Couvreur Thomas, Wageningen University/National Herbarium of the Netherlands
Cribb Phillip, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Cuenca Argelia, Royal Veterinary & Agricultural University, Copenhagen Denmark
Davis Jerrold, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Dawson-Brown Penelope, Low Askew, Cropton, Pickering, N. Yorks, YO18 8ER, UK
Dransfield John, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Dueker Christopher, 37 Ringwood Ave, Atherton, California 94027 USA
Dupuyoo Jean-Michael, Jardin Doiseaux Tropicaux, Route De Valcros La Londe 83250 France
Farjon Aljos, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Fisher Jack, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, USA
Fernando Edwino, University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Philippines
Flynn Tom, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Ford Henry, 77 Great Pulteney St, Bath, UK
Fox Emma, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Fuller Dylan, 73 Dalberg Road, London SW2 1AL, UK
Galetti Mauro, Departamento de Ecologia, UNESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gunn Bee Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, USA
Harley Madeline, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Harries Hugh, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Heatubun Charlie, University of Papua, Indonesia
Henderson Andrew, New York Botanical Garden, USA
Hubschmann Lone Kappel, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Hodel Donald University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Isnard Sandrine, Botanique et Bioinformatique, Montpellier, France
Jayeola Adeniyi, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Lewis Carl, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, USA
Look Su Lee, National University of Singapore
Mayo Simon, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Mohebi Abdol-Hamid, Date Palm and Tropical Fruit Institute, P.B. 61355-16, Ahwaz, Iran
Morris Kerry, 9525 Penfield Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311, USA
Moraes Monica, Herbario Nacional de Bolivia
Montufar Rommel, IRD- Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Morici Carlo, Department of Ecology - University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
Nadot Sophie, Universite Paris-Sud, France
Noblick Larry, Montgomery Botanical Centre, Miami, USA
Norup Maria Vibe, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Oran Sawsan, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Owens Simon, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Pan Aaron, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA
Paniagua Zambrana Narel, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Pearson Hugh, Claydon High School, Church Lane, Claydon, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 0EG, UK
Pongsattayapipat Ratchada, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Portela Rita de Cassia Quitete, UNICAMP, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Porter-Morgan Holly, New York Botanical Garden, USA
Prance Ghillean, The Old Vicarage, Silver Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3HS, UK
Robinson M L, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Roncal Julissa, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, USA
Rotinsulu Wiske, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Rowe Nick, Botanique et Bioinformatique, Montpellier, France
Rudall Paula, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Sannier Julie, Universite Paris-Sud, Paris, France
Saw Leng Guan, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Seoane-Camba Juan, University of Barcelona, Spain
Stauffer Fred, Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland
Stephane Jouannic, IRD, Montpellier, France
Svenning Jens-Christian, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Suarez-Cervera Maria, University of Barcelona, Spain
Sunderland Terry, Wildlife Conservation Society, Limbe Botanic Garden, Limbe, Cameroon
Thomas Meredith Murphy, Natural Histoy Museum, London, UK
Tomlinson Barry, Harvard Forest, Harvard University, Petersham, USA
Tregear James, Palm Developmental Biology Group, Centre IRD, Montpellier, France
Trenel Philipp, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Voles Roger, RV Consultancy, 49 Park Road, Chiswick, London, W4 3EY UK
Walker Anthony, 16 Dunstall Rd, London, SW20 0HR, UK
Walther Gian-Reto, University of Hannover, Germany
Yap Sandra Lim, University of Michigan, USA
Yesilyurt Jovita, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Zona Scott, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, USA
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