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Friday 31 of May 11:00
Sir Neil Chalmers seminar room, Darwin Centre LG16 (below Attenborough studio)


Can measuring glumes help conservation policy in Madagascar?


Maria Vorontsova
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


Lemurs and rainforests? 75% of Madagascar land area is grassland. Received conservation policy prioritises protecting the remnant forest patches, but recent data suggests at least some of the grasslands are a natural vegetation type and not a degraded wasteland as traditionally assumed. Historic lack of attention to grasslands means that grasses are ignored and routinely left out of vegetation surveys. The current state of alpha taxonomy is such that assessments of diversity and endemicity are not possible. This talk will describe Maria’s work towards assessing the Poaceae diversity of Madagascar and building local taxonomic capacity. I promise many pictures of grasses.



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