On 4 August 2006 the Linnean Society of London is hosting a one-
day conference in honour of Dr Barbara Pickersgill, the geneticist
and expert on Capsicum at Reading University.
It's a rare opportunity to hear an international range of specialists in
plant domestication, cytogenetics and taxonomy:
Greg Anderson (USA) - Solanum
Spencer Barrett (Canada) - Weeds, breeding systems
Alejandro Casas (Mexico) - Mexican ethnobotany, Cactaceae
Colin Hughes (UK) - legumes in the Neotropics
Mark Nesbitt (UK) - wheat
Bruce D. Smith (USA) - archaeobotany of the Americas,
Duncan Vaughan (Japan) - beans, plant genetic resources
Jonathan Wendel (USA) - cotton, genomes
Daniel Zohary (Israel) - evolution of Old World crops
Registration fees are low (£25/£15) and include lunch and an
evening reception. As it will be summer, cheap accomodation will
be available at university halls of residence.
Registration form and details at the Linnean Society website:
Exact titles of papers will be confirmed later.
If any colleagues or ex-students of Barbara are reading this, and
have not already been contacted by Julie Hawkins or myself,
please contact me off-list.
Dr Mark Nesbitt
Project Manager, PLANT CULTURES
Royal Botanic Gardens
Tel (direct): +44 (0)20 8332 5719
Fax: +44 (0)20 8332 5768