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Friday, September 5th 2014

16.00 - Pinguicula species from Mexico forming bulb-like winter rosettes - Oliver Gluch

In Mexico most of the tropical-heterphyllous Pinguicula species are growing in climate conditions that are characterized by a dry winter season and a rainy summer season. To survive the dry winter months most species have been adapting to these conditions by forming a winter rosette with non-carnivorous leaves. One group of species do form an onion-like winter rosette with succulent leaves that is staying during the hot and dry period under the soil surface. The author will describe distribution, will show some habitat information including accompanying Pinguicula species, will illustrate the major morphological characters and will give some cultivation experience for the species Pinguicula macrophylla, P. heterophylla, P. acuminata, P. medusina, P. parvifolia, P. oblongiloba, P. orchidioides and P. calderoniae.

Ore 17.30 - Artificial lighting for cultivation applications - Dr. Drew Martinez

The talk will provide an overview of artificial lighting for cultivation.  Key concepts underlying photosynthesis will be introduced followed by a description of how light is evaluated and measured for horticultural purposes.  Current technologies available for indoor growing will be discussed and compared, including LED and fluorescent lighting.  Demonstrations will be set up with measuring equipment and light sources.  Finally, work will be presented regarding the optimization of LED illumination systems for carnivorous plant growing applications in the future.

Saturday, September 6th 2014

11.00 - Principles and perspectives of carnivorous plants breeding - Dr. Miroslav Srba

As most of the existing species of CPs have already been discovered and described, the CP breeding undergoes its renaissance after a very long time and seems to be an attractive perspective for serious CP enthusiasts. The aim of breeding can be the innovative appearance of the developed cultivar, an increased resistance to diseases or enhanced growth parameters. Basic principles as well as advanced tips that can help to reach remarkable results will be presented in the lecture, all based on real examples from various carnivorous plants genera. From ancient times, the breeding of plants has been a fundamental activity for human beings survival. In the case of ornamental plants, plant breeding has also an indisputable artistic dimension. Any cultivar raised in hands of its creator has also an historical value and follows the story-life of the breeder and of the gardeners that cultivate that unique plant. The so called “Victoran cultivars” of Nepenthes are probably the best examples; these plants were raised in the peak of British colonial empire and vanished during the collapse of European gardening in during the Great Economical Depression in 1930’s.

14.30 - Distribution and conservation of the genus Pinguicula  from the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and Apuan Alps - Giulio Pandeli

Giulio Pandeli, Coordinator of Conservation Projects of Italian Carnivorous Plant Society, reveals his first results from an 8 year census on various poorly understood species of temperate Pinguicula from the Tuscan-Emilian Appenines and Apuan Alps.

16.00 Biblivorous plants: carnivorous plants in publishing between 19th and 20th century, with a look in modern culture - Dr. Andrea Rivolta

Growers and carnivorous plants' lovers tend to see themselves as pioneers, particularly in Italy. However, the knowledge of these plants finds many testimonies in nineteenth and twentieth centuries' publishing, both as a natural curiosity and as subjects of cultivation.

A bibliographic path is proposed, with no claim to completeness, looking for these plants until the outset of the modern book, with particular attention to the genera Dionaea and Sarracenia, not neglecting to take a look at the way cultural perception of carnivorous plants evolved to the present day, from the mythological man-eating trees up to science fiction.

17.30 An expedition to New Guinea: the rediscovery of Nepenthes paniculata - Dr. Andreas Wistuba e Dr. Thomas Gronemeyer

New Guinea is an island of extremes: It harbors the world's largest connective rain forests, damp lowland swamps and the highest mountains in south-east Asia. Vast areas of this island are still covered with untouched wilderness.

We report on an expedition that aimed at documenting Nepenthes paniculata, a species of pitcher plant that was elusive to science for about 90 years. Furthermore we provide evidence that Nepenthes oblanceolata is a distinct species on its own and not a variety of Nepenthes maxima. Most other Nepenthes species of Papua as well as other interesting plants, such as ant plants (including a new species) and notes on land and people are presented in our lecture.

Sunday, September 7th 2014

10.30  Tuberous Drosera: care and propagation - Dr. Dieter Kadereit 

The tuberous Drosera need very specific conditions: a wet period from fall to spring during which they complete a full growth cycle and a dry period from spring to fall which they spend as a dormant tuber buried deep enough in the soil to be protected from the extreme heat which can hit their habitats.

The plants stick to this growth cycle in culture. This behavior makes their cultivation more challenging than species growing under the same conditions throughout the year. Nevertheless, this lecture will explain how you can successfully grow and propagate these interesting plants.

11.30 - The Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group of the IUCN - Dr. Robert Cantley 

More than a decade has passed since the last version of the IUCN Red List for Carnivorous Plants was compiled and since that time, numerous new taxa have been described, previously Data Deficient taxa have been further studied in habitat and there appears to have been a radical shift in the conservation status of many taxa, thereby requiring reclassification of their conservation status.

 Furthermore, since the last version of the Red List was compiled, there has been a dramatic increase in unsubstantiated information about threats faced by carnivorous plants, due to rapid expansion in the use of Information Technology as a tool for communication among stakeholders with interests in carnivorous plants. Although the quality of much of this information is difficult to verify, this should make it easier to identify threatened taxa (and the specific nature of the threats they face) more effectively than was possible in the late 1990s.

In October 2012 a new Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group (CPSG) was created as one of about 100 Specialist Groups that form the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN. The mandate of the CPSG is quite broad and is expected to involve conservation projects of all kinds and in some cases guide projects wishing to become IUCN approved. But the initial and most urgent goal of the CPSG is to re-assess all species of all genera of carnivorous plants for the IUCN Red List. Without correct classification, imperilled species cannot receive the appropriate attention to conserve them.

Chaired by Robert Cantley and with Sir David Attenborough as Patron, the group is currently very small. Dr. Charles Clarke is Red List Focal Point and Ch’ien Lee is the first Specialist Member.

It’s now time to open the group to wider membership with interest in all genera of carnivorous plants and invite input from the wealth expertise represented at the ICPS Conference and elsewhere. The talk will explain the meaning and purpose of the CPSG and you are invited to sign up at to join, whether just to receive newsletters, or contribute your knowledge and time in the cause of aiding conservation efforts.

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