EUNOPS 2014 - Valencia, Spain


University of Valencia Botanic Garden, Spain

10th - 12th May 2014

Jardín Botánico de la Universidad, Valencia


Please register by filling out the form HERE

What is EUNOPS?

The European Network of Palm Scientists) was established in 2001 to facilitate the exchange of information and collaboration between European palm specialists. A EUNOPS meeting has been held annually ever since, providing an informal opportunity for palm biologists to meet and to discuss current research through two days of talks and round table discussions. Previous meetings (and pages associated with the meetings) are listed here. 


The fourteenth meeting of EUNOPS will be held at the University of Valencia Botanic Garden, with the meeting on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May 2014, a conference dinner on the 10th, and an excursion on Monday 12th. 

The preliminary program will include presentations, short communications and round table discussions, as well as plenty of time for informal interactions. Posters can also be presented. The venue is equipped with facilities for Powerpoint presentations.

A dinner will take place on the evening of Saturday 10th May. An optional excursion to the Palmeral de Elche will be organised after the meeting, on Monday 12th May.


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(20’ every talk)




9 – 10h. Registration


10 – 10.30h. Welcoming address. Anders Barfod (EUNOPS) Isabel Mateu (Botanic Garden director), Pilar Campins (vice –rector of research)


10.30 – 11h. Coffee break


11 – 13h. Session 1:


Biosystematics and Biogeography. Moderator J. Dransfield


Baker B, S Zona, CD Heatubun. Three new palm genera from the New Guinea Islands and Wallacea


Comer J, WB Zomlefer,  CF Barrett,  JI Davis, DW Stevenson, JH Leebens-Mack. Resolving Relationships within the Arecoideae (Arecaceae) using Next Generation Sequencing


Guara M, MJ Ciurana, J Pedrola, I Martínez-Nieto, A Aguilella, F Boisset, P Ferrer, E Laguna, I. Mateu-Andrés. Phylogeography of the endemic palm of the Western Mediterranean Chamaerops humilis L. 


Olivares I, N Salamin, C Lexer, M Kessler. Testing the limits and constraints of species radiations: Geonoma as a study case


Göldel B, WD Kissling, JC Svenning. Ecological studies of long-term historical constraints on functional diversity of palms (Arecaceae) across the Neotropics 


Eiserhardt WL, H Balslev, A Barfod, F Borchsenius, B Göldel, B Sandel, J-C Svenning.  Palm Functional Traits: which traits matter and how do we measure them?


13 – 13.30h. Discussion session 1


13.30 – 15h. Lunch


15 – 16h. Session 2 (part I)


Ethnobotanics. Moderator L. Gardiner


Ballardini M, C Littardi, J Plumed-Sancho, B Moya-Sánchez, B Cangelosi. The GERICO project: planning the future for palms of the Italian Riviera in response to biotic and abiotic threats 


Sosnowska J, M Kujawska. All useful plants have not only identities, but stories: the mythical origins of peach palm according to the Peruvian Asháninka


Rival A. The oil palm: Controversies and research challenges


16 – 16.30h. Coffee break


16.30 – 17.30h. Session 2 (part II)


Ethnobotanics. Moderator L. Gardiner


Cámara-Leret R, N Paniagua-Zambrana, J-C Svenning, H Balslev, MJ Macía. Traditional knowledge of medicinal plants in northwest South America is strongly localized.


Brokamp G, H Balslev, D Pedersen, M Gruezmacher, M Mittelbach, B Millan,  M Weigend. Yields, value, market and trade in native palm products in northwestern South America – an overview of the current state and future trends. 


Castellana R. La place du palmier dans la codification identitaire des représentations paysagères.


17.30 – 18h. Discussion session 2


21h Conference dinner at Expo Hotel




9 – 10h. Guided Tour, Botanic Garden University of Valencia


10 – 11h. Session 3 (part I):


Anatomy and Structure. Moderator WJ. Baker   


Castaño F. Flower structure and development in the monoecious palm Gaussia attenuate 


Martel C, L Noblick,  FW Stauffer. A survey on floral scent-producing organs in palms (Arecaceae)


Thomas R. Recent discoveries on fossil palms: Palmoxylon from Africa (Egypt, Oligocene), Palmoxylon from Arabian Peninsula (Upper Cretaceous)


11 – 11.30h. Coffee break


11.30 – 12.50h. Session 3 (part II):


Anatomy and Structure.  Moderator WJ. Baker    


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M Littardi, C Littardi, M Ballrdini, N Bouguedoura, M Bennaceur, El Houmaiz M A, M Bensalah, R Lecoustre, R Herve. Study of root growth in relation to shoot phenology in a date palm Phoenix dactylifera L. in Sanremo, Italy



Ferry M, S Gómez Vives. Differences between trees and arborescence palms concerning "healing" & injection treatments


Martínez de Altube MM, A Martínez de Altube, A Martínez Peña. Use of entomopathogenic nematodes in a chitosan formulation against Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in different palm species. Field assays and a specific case in a city 



Special talk, Communication


Gardiner L, WJ Baker. Today the Web, tomorrow the World: from Palmweb to Palmworld 


12.50 – 13.20h. Discussion session 3


13.20 – 15.00h. Lunch


15 – 16h. Session 4: Posters


16 – 16.30h. Coffee break


16.30 – 17h. Meetings announcement

17 – 18h. Panel discussion: “Declaración de  San Remo para la salvaguardia de las palmeras 2008” Introduce: Centro Studi e Ricerche per le Palme -  San Remo. Moderate: Marco Ballardini




8h. Departure from Valencia (in Expo Hotel)


10h. Arrival Elche

Visit to:

Huerto de San Plácido. Museo de la Palmera.

Huerto del cura.

13 – 14.30h. Lunch

Visit to:

Palmeral de Elche

18.30h Arrival Valencia

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Citizens from European Union countries won’t need a VISA to enter Spain, participants from non-EU countries need to apply for a VISA. Please contact your local embassy or consulate for additional information about visas and contact us before the end of February 2014 if you will need a letter of invitation from the conference organizers. Do this as quickly as possible, as handling time at the embassies or consulates may be substantial.


A limited number of rooms have been booked at the Expohotel hotel near the Botanic Garden (

The prices are:  53.9 EURO single room / 63.8 EURO twin room per night

Please indicate in the registration form (link below) whether or not you require accommodation at the Expohotel hotel.

You can find more economic rooms for groups near the Garden. You could visit:,


Please register by filling out the form HERE

Deadline if a visa letter is required: before end of February 2014

Deadline if accommodation is required: 28th March 2014 

Deadline for abstract submission: 11th April 2014


As usual for EUNOPS meeting, no registration fees are planned, other than for the conference dinner on Sat 10th. The price for the dinner will be around 35 EURO including drinks.

If you wish to participate in the optional excursion on Mon 12th, you will be asked to pay a trip fee of 35 EURO including transport, lunch and a guided tour.


The closest airport is the airport of the city, Valencia (in Manises, VLC, 10 km from Valencia)  

Alternative airports are: 

Madrid has non-stop train Madrid-Valencia (AVE), taking approximately 95 minutes:


For information about Valencia as a tourist location, check out these sites:

EXCURSION (optional)

An optional excursion to the Palmeral de Elche ( will be organized after the Meeting, on Monday 12th May. There will be a trip fee of 35 EURO including transport, lunch and a guided tour.


For any further details or queries concerning the meeting, please contact:

Culture and Communication team at the Botanic Garden

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