Welcome to Monocots VI - Event's Presentation

Welcome to the 6th International Conference on Comparative Biology of Monocotyledons – Monocots VI, also featuring the 2nd World Congress of Bromeliaceae Evolution – Bromevo II, the 7th International Symposium on Grass Systematics and Evolution, and the III Symposium on Neotropical Araceae.

Under the motto Monocots for all: building the whole from its parts we welcome researchers from different fields of investigation to participate in the Monocots VI Conference. This meeting will be held in Praiamar Natal Hotel & Convention Center, in the tropical tourist-friendly city of Natal, Northeastern Brazil, from October 7th-12th, 2018.

The Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) will promote the event, which is sponsored by the Brazilian National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico – CNPq).

Our logo and the monocots

Monocotyledons account for about a quarter of all the diversity of flowering plants and are among the plants of major economic (especially for food) and ecological importance. A single family is enough to illustrate the major importance of this group, the grass family, which alone occupy about 20% of the entire vegetation cover of the globe, dominating large biomes and environments (eg. prairies, bamboo forests, savannas), with plants of important value as food or ornamentals, such as sugarcane, corn, sorghum, rice, grasses and bamboos. Other important monocots, such as bromeliads, palm trees and orchids, are widely used and are the mainstay of some economies (e.g. the Acai in the Amazon) with a marked richness and endemism in the tropics. Our logo depicts the earth-star bromeliad Cryptanthus zonatus (Vis.) Vis. endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic forest and that may be seen in areas close to our venue and the Carnaúba palm Copernicia prunifera (Mill.) H.E. Moore, of great value for locals in the entire Northeastern Brazil.

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Monocots VI Goals

The Monocots conference is a major event in the area of botany, biodiversity conservation, and plant biotechnology, being held every 5 years. This is the first time that Latin America host such important meeting, this time promoted by a multidisciplinary group of professors from UFRN university and external board of counselors.

Target audience

The target audience are researchers, professors, postgraduate and graduate students from the fields of agronomy, biological sciences, ecology, forestry, environmental sciences, pharmacology, biotechnology, among others interested in plants and evolutionary biology, or who have the monocotyledons as a study-model (the scope of the event focuses on a comparative approach to integrate different techniques / areas of knowledge to understand this group of organisms).

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