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Re: [AGA-Member] SYMPOSIUM ON AQUATIC PLANTS January 2006 Brussels

Weren't there comments in the magazine awhile back (I believe in a travel article with pictures showing crypts on-site?!? There may have been more than one reference?) suggesting that it might be adaptation to flood/dry cycles with sudden water-level and water chemistry changes? Speculation by the aquarists, as best I recall, no proof of it.
Anybody remember?

Faruk Gençöz wrote:

"Cryptocoryne melting" might be a good title for an aquarist to submit a paper to the symposium. Has anyone encountered an example to crypto melting in their natural habitat? And would you have an idea about the ecological role of crypto melting? I am not questioning the role of regular melting seen among aquatic vascular plants. In this case, the lower portion of the stem decays so that the living upper part separates itself from the lower part to travel down the river. This way seems very practical and functional to find a suitable new place to reproduce and to enlarge the original colony. Crypto melting seems to be a liltle different. It occurs very fast and in general only the roots remain alive. So, rather than trying to survive in another place, this plant seems to try to re-generate possibly a more resistant generation. Why is that difference?


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Subject: [AGA-Member] SYMPOSIUM ON AQUATIC PLANTS January 2006 Brussels

ANNOUNCEMENT OF UPDATED WEBSITE http://www.vub.ac.be/APNA/aquaticplantsymposium2006/welcome.html
DEADLINE 01.11.2005

International symposium on aquatic vascular plants: 25 years after
(Brussels 11-14 January 2006)

On 11-14 Januari 2006, an International Symposium on Aquatic Vascular Plants will be organised again at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 25 years after its first edition. The aim is to bring together aquatic plant scientists and ecologists from all over the world, with emphasis on the following topics:
Molecular phylogeny and evolution
Phylogeography and patterns of distribution
Molecular ecology of populations
Survival strategies, dispersal and establishment
Autoecology and relationships with environment
Vegetation analysis and remote sensing applications
Biotic interactions and stable isotope applications

Original contributions on aquatic vascular plants from freshwater, brackish water and coastal zones are welcomed. New insights using DNA, stable isotopes, remote sensing, modelling etc. are envisaged

25 years ago on 23-25 January 1981, an International Colloquium on Aquatic Vascular Plants was held in Brussels. The colloquium was attended by 140 plant scientists and ecologists from 15 countries and 70 presentations were scheduled. The topics covered at that time were pollination mechanisms, morphological variation and development, cytology, photosynthesis, growth and reproductive strategies, primary production, nutrient cycling, decomposition, community analysis, distribution, conservation, introductions and weeds.

Important deadlines
01.11.2005 Registration and payment
01.11.2005 Abstract submission
More information at http://www.vub.ac.be/APNA/aquaticplantsymposium2006/welcome.html
Responsible organisation: VUB APNA (Prof. dr. Ludwig Triest)

Prof. dr. Ludwig TRIEST
Algemene Plantkunde en Natuurbeheer (APNA)
(Plant Science and Nature Management)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussel
Tel : +32 02 629 34 21
Fax : +32 02 629 34 13
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