Following the success of FLORAMAC 2010 organized by our Azorean colleagues, the Madeira Botanical Group (GBM), will be organising the 2012 congress in Madeira.
This archipelago has been a close and at hand laboratory for naturalists concerned with Island biology among which we highlight Sloane in the XVII century, responsible for the first recorded collection in Macaronesia and, R. T. Lowe in the XIX century, whose important works greatly contributed for the knowledge of the flora of Madeira.
The knowledge on the Madeira flora has influenced many important works and it is by its central position in Macaronesia a fundamental biogeographical link between other Macaronesian archipelagos and both Europe and Africa. Nowadays it is still possible to find interesting nucleus of natural vegetation mainly in the northern face mostly corresponding to one type of laurisilva, there are also a few relicts of formerly much larger Mediterranean vegetation types and other types of laurisilva with an exclusive and mostly endemic flora.
Although well-known recent publications clearly show that taxonomic work is still needed in order to fully understand Madeira plant diversity. In fact recently the interest on Macaronesia plant diversity has increased and several key publications have been issued.
FLORAMAC 2012 aims to bring together investigators working on all aspects of the Macaronesian flora, from marine algae to vascular plants. Keynote speakers for each of the different sessions will give state of the art insights in several different fields and approaches from history to biogeography, phylogeny, evolution, taxonomy and ecology.
The congress will take place in Funchal at the University rectory, known as “Colégio dos Jesuitas” a building dating back to 1599 (http://www2.uma.pt), from the 5th to the 8th of September. The first three days will comprise conference sessions in the morning and afternoon. The fourth day will be reserved for the excursion.
Participants are invited to present their work as short oral presentations or posters.
I hope to see you in Madeira next September!