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The 2022 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
The Smithsonian’s Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden will hold the 19th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “Life on the Edge: Exceptional Plants in Exceptional Places,” on 13 May 2022.

Plants live in seemingly inhospitable environments that exhibit extremes of light, temperature, altitude, drought, and substrate. To survive in the driest deserts, on mountaintops, without soil or with toxic soil, numerous adaptations have evolved to enable specialized plants such as succulents, epiphytes, and alpines to exploit these environments. The 19th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium will explore current research on plants in extreme environments, examining their natural history, evolution, and value for human survival, in the face of climate change and increasing pollution. Speakers will include scientists specializing in conservation, ecology, systematics, and genetics whose research explores plant survival in extreme parts of the natural world.

In addition, the 19th José Cuatrecasas Medal in Tropical Botany will be awarded at the Symposium. This prestigious award is presented annually to an international scholar who has contributed significantly to advancing the field of tropical botany.

The Symposium will be a hybrid event serving both virtual and in-person guests at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. There is no registration fee to attend the Symposium.

Schedule (Eastern Daylight Time)
1:00 pm – Welcome / Presentation of the José Cuatrecases Medal
1:15 pm – Jenna Ekwealor, "The secret lives of desert moss”
1:45 pm – Fabian A. Michelangeli, “Endemism and adaptations in the flora of the lost world”
2:15 pm – Break
2:45 pm – Tanisha M. Williams, “Protecting the Fynbos: climate change insights from South Africa”
3:15 pm – Ben Nyberg “A conservation airlift: applications of drone technology in plant conservation”
3:45 pm – Break
4:15 pm – Jessica Allen, “Urban lichens: symbioses in the built environment”
4:45 pm – Panel Discussion

May 13, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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