[Taxacom] XTBG Field Botany Course - on behalf of Ferry Slik
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Wed Dec 5 14:49:35 CST 2012
Plants of Tropical Asia – XTBG Field Botany Course 2013
Title: XTBG Field Botany Course 2013
Registration: Open. Application results will be announced in early March 2012.
Register online at: http://www.pfs-tropasia.org/
Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (near Jinghong), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Menglun, Mengla, Yunnan, China
Dates: 04 April – 23 April 2013 (19 days)
Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Laboratory for Plant Geography, XTBG.
Teachers: Jim LaFrankie, Ferry Slik and Tan Yunhong.
Low income countries RMB 2500
High income countries RMB 5500
Accommodation and food:
Food and accommodation are NOT included in the course fees.
Participants should budget on spending approximately RMB45 per day on
food, which is available through the XTBG canteen or in Menglun town.
We can also arrange accommodation for participants at either a budget
hotel in Menglun town (RMB 55/day) or at the XTBG hotel (RMB 200/day).
We are happy to arrange room sharing. Please indicate your hotel
preference and room sharing preference when registering
for the course.
OPEN. A limited number of fellowships are available to low income
country participants to encourage a greater diversity. However, because
of the limited funds available, we
strongly advise all participants to seek funds from other sources.
Fellowships will be awarded in two categories; (1) Fee waiver (RMB2500), and (2) Travel award (RMB2500).
Why take a course on the flora of Southeast Asia?
Southeast Asia is one of the hottest hotspots of global biodiversity.
There are over 40,000 vascular plant species, with a species density ten
times that of the European flora, and the region is home to many well
known and economically important plant taxa,
such as rice, rattan, bananas, rambutan, nutmeg, meranti and yam. Being
able to recognize plants is an essential skill for many aspects of
ecology and conservation biology, but is problematic when the species
diversity is so high, only a few plants are flowering
at any one time, and regional floras are incomplete.
This course will arm students with an ability to identify plants in the
field, thereby enhancing the quality of observations they may make in
the course of their research. It is a course for
non-plant taxonomy majors.
Everyday we will collect plant material from the field and learn the
field characters for identifying them. As we are collecting plants
directly in the field,
we will be dealing mainly with sterile material and sterile characters.
This is deliberate since this is how plants are most often encountered.
In the afternoons, we will review the day’s collecting, look at
herbarium material, and arrange our observations
within a systematic framework. In addition, we will have a series of
lectures relating to the study of plants, on topics ranging from
DNA-barcoding to plant ecophysiology. The course also benefits from its
location: XTBG has a phylogenetically diverse living
collection of over 12000 plant species, including many thematic
collections, a herbarium with over 100000 specimens focused on tropical
China and Indo-China, and research laboratories studying plant genomics,
plant resources, plant geography, plant-animal
co-evolution, ecology and conservation.
This course is targeted at senior undergraduate and postgraduate
students interested in the botanical wealth of Southeast Asia.
Participants will learn how to make good quality plant collections, how
to describe field characters, and how to recognize the important
plant families and genera. By the end of the course, participants will
have learned to identify over 90% of the individuals in a forest to
Family or Genus level.
No prior knowledge of botany or biology is assumed, and at the beginning
of the course all the necessary botanical terms will be explained. The
course is also, therefore, appropriate for anthropologists,
environmental scientists, or conservation practitioners,
as well as biologists, who wish to improve their ability to recognize
Plant Geography Lab
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yunnan 666303, China
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