New Advances in Fern Ecology
Mehltreter, K. , Taylor, W. Carl .
New Advances in Fern Ecology.
ALTHOUGH much of the contemporary fern literature has involved molecular approaches to testing morphology based taxonomies and phylogenetic hypotheses, a new generation of ecological pteridologists, with fresh approaches, are addressing exciting questions regarding the interrelationships of pteridophytes with their environment. Ecological pteridologists speaking in this symposium will deal with the fern diversity of tropical forests and what is left when these have been replaced by coffee plantations and pastures, the effect of perturbation on the population structure, the need of long term studies on ferns for a deeper understanding of their ecology, the phenological patterns of ferns of different life forms and habitats, the desiccation tolerance of sporophytes, and the ecological adaptations of gametophytes. Speakers in this symposium will focus on the latest discoveries in their areas of expertise with the goal of presenting new ideas and models that will stimulate interchange of information among researchers and promote interdisciplinary approaches.
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1 - Instituto de Ecología, A.C., Departamento Ecología Funcional, km 2.5 antigua carretera a Coatepec No. 351, Congregación El Haya, A.P. 63, Xalapa, Veracruz, 91070, Mexico
2 - National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia, 22230, USA
tropical fern diversity
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006
Time: 8:00 AM