*Note: All dates are still tentative, however their relative schedule (e.g. parallel, before, etc.) will be maintained. Workshop registration will be opened when all dates are confirmed.
Identification of Malesian seed plants using spot-characters
Conducted by: Susana Arias Guerrero, Max van Balgooy, and Eka Iskandar
When: this workshop will run for a half-day in parallel to the symposium
This workshop will give to participants an introduction to the use of spot characters as a tool for the identification of Malesian plant specimens. Some of the most useful spot characters will be explained and examined with a short-illustrated lecture, provided guidelines, and a hand on experience session using herbarium material of selected families.
Global Tree Assessment
Conducted by: Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), and the IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group
When: this workshop is planned to run for three days, before the symposium
The Global Tree Assessment (GTA) aims to assess the conservation status of every tree species by the year 2020. This initiative is coordinated by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group. Currently around half of all tree species have a conservation assessment at a global or national level. New assessments being undertaken for the GTA are using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This practical three day workshop will enable participants to understand and utilise the IUCN Red List system together with the IUCN SIS database which is used to store Red List assessments. It will also provide an opportunity to review tree species assessments that have already been carried out. Timber species will be one group of trees to be assessed. Botanists and tree experts with any level of experience of conservation assessment are encouraged to join this workshop. The emphasis will be on trees of Borneo but participants will have the opportunity to work on tree species from across the Malesiana region.
Hyb-Seq target enrichment: a cost-effective method for phylogenomics
Conducted by: Dr. Elliot Gardner (The Morton Arboretum, USA), and Dr. Sidonie Bellot (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK)
When: this workshop runs for a half-day parallel to the symposium
Hyb-Seq combines targeted sequencing of hundreds of nuclear genes —as well as genome skimming of high-copy repeats, including organellar DNA— to efficiently produce genome-scale datasets for phylogenomics. This workshop will provide an overview of Hyb-Seq and how to successfully implement it all the way from kit design, via lab work and data post-processing, to phylogenomic inference, using the genus Artocarpus (Moraceae) as a case study. The workshop will discuss the use of both custom kits targeted to specific study system, as well as the universal Angiosperm353 markers.