European Cultivated Plant Taxonomists Forum 2015
The European Cultivated Plant Taxonomists Forum was held from Tuesday 7 April to Thursday 9 April at the RHS Garden Wisley. Forum delegates, seen in the group photograph, spent a very productive three days listening to the presentations, which may be downloaded below, and discussing some of the issues relevant to cultivated plant taxonomy. Download the programme here.
7 April - Research
Marco Hoffman: Classification of cultivars: customs and needs of different user groups
Valéry Malécot: Understanding man-made plants: what do we need to do cultivated plant taxonomy?
Dawn Edwards: Hybrids galore! Gardens as biological experiments
Mark Spencer: Historic botany collections: understanding the domestication of cultivated plants and the evolution of 17th and 18th century gardening
Chris Stapleton: Muddles and misapplications:taxonomic difficulties associated with bamboos in cultivation
Ulrike Lohwasser: Taxonomy of plant genetic resources: an interaction of morphological, molecular and phytochemical data
8 April - Databases
Tom Christie: Approved names, received names and synonyms: keeping track of vegetable varieties for DUS
Björn Aldén: Working with SCUD ( Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database)
Alan Paton/Rafaël Govaerts: Global plant name data online: their relevance to horticulture
Rupert Wilson: RHS Find a Plant: using taxonomy to provide a globally unique knowledge bank on gardening and garden plants
Michel Chauvet: Pl@ntUse, a collaborative wiki on useful plants and plant uses
Jean Maison: How can we ensure suitability in the naming of over 10,000 new cultivars registered in statutory EU registers every year?
9 April - Cataloguing the Diversity of Cultivated Plants
Daniel Guillot Ortiz: Plant varieties cultivated in Spain
Julian Shaw: Stretching nomenclature: the provision of names in a fecund family
Johan van Scheepen: Not every name is a name
Sophie Leguil: Plant Heritage's Threatened Plants Project
Kees van Ettekoven: The role of existing taxonomic information in the marketing policy of the European Union
Nicolas Ruch: The creation of a checklist of cultivated forget-me-not to track down Myosotis dissitiflora Baker (Boraginaceae)