Early Land Plants Wrap-up

June 3, 2009

May 18–June 4 was a very busy time for the Bryologists in the Botany Department. Dr. Lars Söderström (Department of Biology, NTNU, Norway) visited the Museum between May 20–June 4. Dr. Söderström was a co-convener of the Biosynthesis meeting and is a critical and key collaborator of the Early Land Plants Today project (see www.early-land-plants-today.org) with Collections Manager and Adjunct Curator Matt von Konrat and Research Assistant Anders Hagborg.

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Early Land Plants of the World

Early Land Plants Synthesis Meeting

May 28, 2009

From May 26–29, The Field Museum’s BioSynC became the liverwort and hornwort capital of the world—home to an historic summit meeting dedicated to this little-known but widespread group of plants.

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Early Land Plants of the World

Diplopoda Synthesis Meeting

March 24, 2009

Postdoctoral Research Associate Torsten Dikow (BioSynC) represented the Biodiversity Synthesis Center at the Diplopoda (millipedes) synthesis meeting at the Zoologische Staatssammlung (Munich, Germany) from March 21–25. This meeting was funded by BioSynC and organized by Associate Curator Petra Sierwald (Zoology/Invertebrates). It focused on updating the classification and species catalogue, and also began creating species pages for the Encyclopedia of Life for the diverse millipedes, which with 13,000 described species are one of the megadiverse arthropod taxa.

Heteroptera Synthesis Meeting

February 9, 2009

Darolyn Striley and Torsten Dikow represented the Biodiversity Synthesis Center at the Heteroptera (true bugs) synthesis meeting at the University of California at Riverside from February 6–9. This meeting was funded by BioSynC and focused on new species pages for the Encyclopedia of Life, updating the classification and catalog, and summarizing the knowledge on phylogenetic relationships of the diverse true bugs, which with 40,000 described species are one of the five megadiverse insect orders.

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Heteroptera
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