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The Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden will convene the 2019 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “What Darwin Couldn't Know: Modern Perspectives on Crop Plant Origins,” to be held at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 2019.

Darwin was not only interested in Galapagos finches, but he also spent a considerable amount of time experimenting and thinking about domestication of animals and plants. He took a dim view of progress in understanding domestication in the vegetable kingdom and wrote, “Botanists have generally neglected cultivated varieties, as beneath their notice” (The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, 1868). This is no longer the case. There is a resurgence of research focused on the plants most essential to human life.

The 17th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium will highlight current research into the domestication of crops and their wild relatives as well as ornamental plants. Speakers will include archaeobotanists, botanists, geneticists, and paleoethnobotanists utilizing molecular and genomic tools unknown to Darwin.

Note: The original title of the symposium, “Beneath their Notice: Domestication of Useful Plants” has officially been changed to “What Darwin Couldn't Know: Modern Perspectives on Crop Plant Origins.”

PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE

Friday, May 17
Morning Session
NMNH Baird Auditorium
9:00 a.m. Registration (enter through Constitution Avenue lobby)
9:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Invited papers

12:45 p.m. Lunch break

Afternoon Session
NMNH Baird Auditorium
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Invited papers and discussion

Evening Events
The United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001
6:30 p.m. Closing reception and poster session

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Two types of tickets are available for purchase (both free of charge):

  1. "General Admission + Evening Reception": access to both the talks and to the evening reception
  2. "General Admission": access to the talks only
  • To assist us with planning, if you cannot attend the evening reception, please select "General Admission".


Call for Posters

Abstracts for poster presentations may be emailed to sbs@si.edu. Poster topics must be related to the study of plant domestication or archaeobotany and contain original research. The deadline for abstract submission is April 12, 2019. Abstract submissions should include the following: Author(s) name(s) including affiliation(s) and email address(es); list the title in sentence case; titles are limited to 150 characters; abstracts may not exceed 1,500 characters including spaces. Posters should be no larger than 30" x 40" (portrait orientation). Presenting authors are required to attend the poster session (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm) to take advantage of opportunities to discuss their work with symposium participants.

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