Aarhus University Seal


Friday 19 April 

14:00 - 16:00 Optional open house at the Aarhus University herbarium 

Saturday 20 April (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies)

8:30 registration opens

9:00 Welcome (organizing committee)

9:15-9:45 Opening lecture: Prof. Andreas Roepstorff, director of Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

9:45-10:45 SESSION 1 - Phylogeny, macroevolution and biogeography (chair: Maria Sanín)

  • Bacon - Phylogeny and biogeography of Hispaniolan Palms

  • Kuhnhäuser - Island settings determine assembly of rattan palm diversity in the Asian tropics

  • Hill - Does relatedness explain diversification interactions between rainforests and surrounding areas?

10:45-11:15 Coffee break (AIAS hall)

11:15-12:15 SESSION 2 - Phylogenomics (chair: Christine Bacon)

  • Ferreira - Palms in space and time: Progress towards a genomic species-level phylogeny
  • Wrisberg - The phylogeny of Coryphoideae subfamily
  • Eiserhardt - The Palm Phylogeny Working Group - where are we, and that comes next?

12:15-13:15 Lunch break (AIAS hall)

13:15-14:30 SESSION 3 - Taxonomy and population genetics (chair: Fred Stauffer)

  • Baker - The Palms of New Guinea - published at last!
  • Petoe - Monographing Hydriastele and Heterospathe (Arecaceae) for the Palms of New Guinea
  • Sanín - Introgressive hybridization plays an essential role in peripheral, founding and expanding populations of wax palms (genus Ceroxylon)

14:30-15:00 Walk to Green houses

15:00-17:00 Tour of the Aarhus University public greenhouses (Dr Finn Borchsenius, Science Museums, Aarhus University)

19:00 Conference dinner (SCT OLUF)

Sunday 21 April (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies)

9:30-10:30 Keynote: Prof. Mauro Galetti, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil

10:30-11:00 Coffee break (AIAS hall)

11:00-12:00 SESSION 4 - Ecology (chair: Gabriela Zuquim)

  • Barfod - Nypa - the lone traveler from the past
  • G. Silva - Acaulescent palms are highly resilient to disturbances
  • C. Silva - Assessing genetic structure and functional connectivity of Butia yatay (Mart.) Becc. (Arecaceae) in northeastern Argentina

12:00-13:15 Lunch break (AIAS hall)

13:15-14:35 SESSION 5 - Palms and people (chair: Henrik Balslev)

  • C. Freitas - Did pre-Columbian humans leave their fingerprints in the genetics of a key tropical plant lineage?
  • Tregear - Grafting as a tool for functional studies in palms with the potential to improve the performance of cultivated species
  • Svenning - Palms in a Novel Biosphere
  • Zuquim - Palm species distribution drivers and human use footprints in Amazonia 

14:35-15:00 Conclusions, general discussion, prospects for future meetings.

KEYNOTE by Professor Mauro Galetti

Center for Research on Biodiversity and Climate Change, São Paulo State University – UNESP, Rio Claro, Brazil

The rise and fall of a palm: Ecology and conservation of a hyperdominant palm in the rainforests of Brazil


Palms are dominant plants in the Neotropics and “the palmito” Euterpe edulis is a dominant species in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. We have studied the seed dispersal, herbivory and demography of palmito for several decades. Here, I will present the effects of defaunation on phenotypic changes in fruit size, leaf traits, herbivory and recruitment. Based on a series of study areas and exclosure experiments I will present our results from the last 15 years of experiment. In addition to defaunation, and deforestation, climate change and fruit-frugivore mismatch can alter the ecology of this hyperdominant palm.