Dear Sir and Madam,
You are cordially invited to participate in the International Scientific Conference “Relict woody plants: linking the past, present and future” organized by the Institute of Dendrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kórnik in collaboration with the Zelkova/Pterocarya team (www.zelkova.ch) of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in Kórnik on June 19th, 2018.
Relict taxa evolved in remote geological periods. They survived, and are nowadays found in limited-sized populations in restricted areas where the climate has not changed as drastically as in adjacent regions. In 2010, the founders of the Zelkova research and conservation initiative (www.zelkova.ch) started an interdisciplinary project that initially focused on the genus Zelkova, and has now expanded to include the Pterocarya genus and the Juglandaceae family. The initiative brings together over 20 institutions from 15 countries around the world, with a constant expansion of the group of scientists actively involved in research and activities related to the protection of relict, rare and endangered trees and shrubs. The aim of this conference will be to present the latest results of research in the field of phylogeny, paleobotanical research, taxonomy, phylogeography, dendrochronology, mycology and species protection, including biology of reproduction and storage of genetic resources. In addition to summarizing the current knowledge and exchange of experiences and ideas, the conference will also enable to use current knowledge in the protection of rare and endangered taxa of southern Europe and southeast Asia. Furthermore, it will facilitate sketching future directions and perspectives of research, including interdisciplinary research and allow for integration of international centers and scientific environments.
Anna K. Jasińska
Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Leader of the international and interdisciplinary projects Zelkova & Pterocarya
Department of Biology of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Director of the Institute of Dendrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences