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This meeting aims to strengthen and build the community of plant evolutionary biologists in the UK, following the first and very successful UK Plant Evolution meeting in Edinburgh in September 2014. The UK is home to exceptional evolutionary biologists. However, compared to the number of evolutionary zoologists, the number of their botanical counterparts are few. In many cases, UK plant evolutionary biologists are in small numbers at any one institution, and such isolation can hinder progress. UK plant evolutionary biologists could make better progress and be involved in larger-scale projects if there was more communication and collaboration within their community. The primary goal of this meeting is to consolidate the UK plant evolutionary biology community and highlight the potential for new collaborations. This meeting is part of a longer-term process of strengthening the UK plant evolution community.The scope of the meeting aims to cover several major areas of plant evolution research in the UK.


Dates: 15 and 16 September 2016
Registration and submission deadline: 19 August 2016
Any questions contact Professor Beverley Glover or at Dr Sam Brockington

Registration and abstract submission

The deadline for registration and abstract submission for UK Plant Evolution 2016 is 19 August 2016. The registration fee is £40 for students and £60 for non-students. Registration fees cover the cost of lunch and coffee sessions on both days, as well as drinks during the poster session. To register for UK Plant Evolution 2016 visit the registration link. To submit an abstract for a talk or poster presentation please email your abstract as a word document to Professor Beverley Glover before 19 August 2016 and indicate in the email body whether you would prefer to give a talk or poster.

Invited speakers


Programme Thursday 15 September

09.30-10.15 Coffee and registration

10.15-10.30 Opening remarks Samuel Brockington

10.30-11.30 Douglas Soltis, Genome doubling and the diversification of flowering plants

11.30-12.00 Vincent Savolainen, Ecological speciation in sympatric palms

12.00-12.30 Robert Scotland, Integrated Mongraphy of Ipomoea

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.00 Pascal-Antoine Christin, Reticulate evolution contributes to multiple C4 origins within a species complex

14.00-14.30 Samuel Brockington, Teasing apart the evolution of ebtalains with Phylotransciptomics

14.30-15.00 Dimitry Filatov, Evolution of sex chromosomes in plants

15.00-15.30 Coffee    

15.30-15.50: Owen Osborne, Can microbes drive plant speciation and adaptation: metabarcoding approach on a remote oceanic island  

15.50-16.10 Syabira Yusoff, Investigating the role of YABBY genes in the evolution and development of temperate grasses

16.10-16.30 Edwige Moyround, Sculpting the surface: understanding the  development, function and evolution of nanopatterning in petals

16.30-16.50 Rafael Rubio de Casas, Global biogeography of seed dormancy is determined by seasonality and seed size: a case study in the legumes

16.50-17.10 Javier Igea, Seed size and its rate of evolution correlate with species diversification across angiosperms

17.10-18.30 Tours of the Herbarium and Botanic Garden

18.30-20.00 Poster session, drinks, networking.


Programme Friday 16 September

09.00-09.30 Minsung Kim, Capitulum pattern formation in Asteraceae  

09.30-10.00 Chiara Airoldi, The evolution of the MBW protein complex      

10.00-10.30 Scott Armbruster, Floral reorientation after accidents: Late-developmental restoration of pollination accuracy

10.30-11.00 Coffee  

11.00-11.30 Catherine Kidner, Robust reconstruction of hundreds of nuclear loci  from herbarium specimens

11.30-12.00 Kirsten Bomblies, Adaptive evolution of meiosis in Arabidopsis arenosa

12.00-12.30 Laura Kelly, Phylogenomics of Fraxinus (Oleaceae); a genus under severe threat

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-13.50 Alex Papadopolous, The origins of anthropogenic adaptation in Silene uniflora

13.50-14.20 Gijsbert Werner, Deep evolutionary symbiont switching and loss in the plant-mycorrhizal mutualism

14.20-14.40 Bo Xu, Paving the road to land: Evolution of water-conducting cells and supporting cells in land plants

14.40-15.00 Manuel de la Estrella, Detarioideae, I presume? Insights on the evolutionary origin of Detarioideae, a clade of ecologically dominant tropical African trees 

15.00-15.30 Coffee   

15.30-15.50 Mario Mazuecos, Evaluating the power of genotyping-by-sequencing to resolve species boundaries and phylogeny in a Quaternary radiation

15.50-16.10 Bruno de Nevado, Widespread adaptive evolution during repeated evolutionary radiations in New World lupins        

16:10-16:50 Sandy Knapp, Adventures with nightshades - stories of evolutionary success

16.50-17.00 Closing remarks Beverley Glover



The meeting will be held at the Sainsbury Laboratory at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. The Garden does not open to the public until 10.00, so if arriving before that please enter via the Sainsbury Laboratory, following these directions. Note that parking will be a problem the closer you stay to the Botanic Garden. Buses run frequently along Cherry Hinton Road and down Hills Road and there is a stop at the Botanic Garden.


We have negotiated a deal with Queens’ College for accommodation for conference delegates. A single en-suite room with breakfast will cost £80.40 per night. Go to the Queens College website and use the promotion code KX18037. If you're on a budget, there's a Youth Hostel a few minutes walk away. The following hotels and guesthouses offer accommodation within walking distance of the Botanic Garden:
  • The Centennial
  • Fenners Hotel B&B
  • A&B Guest House
  • Bridge Guest House
  • Helen Hotel
  • Travelodge
  • Lensfield Hotel
  • Royal Cambridge
  • Regent Hotel
  • Gonville Hotel
  • Hilton Cambridge
  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • Holiday Inn Express