Seed Ecology

SEED ECOLOGY conferences are international, thematic, scientific meetings devoted exclusively to Seeds and the Environment. SEED ECOLOGY meetings are promoted by the International Society for Seed Science. Seed ecology (dispersal, predation, soil and canopy seed banks, ecophysiology of dormancy and germination, and topics in seed research related to evolution, conservation and ecosystem functioning) is currently an extremely active area of ecology, which links to plant conservation, restoration ecology, and global change research. In addition, seed ecology has profound implications for the composition and diversity of plant communities and, through the study of seed dispersal and predation, promotes collaboration between botanists and zoologists. Nevertheless, its practitioners are scattered all over the world and rarely, if ever before, had had an opportunity to meet as a single research community.

SEED ECOLOGY V will come to South America for the first time. Previous editions took place in Greece (2004), Australia (2007), the United States (2010), and China (2013). The focus of Seed Ecology V will be “Seeds in the Web of Life”. Special attention will be given to the role of seeds in generating and maintaining biodiversity. The meeting will comprise keynotes, talks, and poster sessions. We are also planning a one-day, mid-conference field trip and a post-conference field trip. The abstracts will be assigned to one of the following six areas: (1) evolutionary seed ecology, (2) frugivory and seed dispersal, (3) seed bank, (4) seed germination and dormancy, (5) seed ecology applied to agriculture, and (6) seed ecology applied to biodiversity conservation and restoration.

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