2. Centennial anniversary of the ecotype concept: the legacy of Göte Turesson, 29 November
This year is the centennial anniversary of the ecotype concept, which was coined by the Swedish geneticist Göte Turesson in 1922. Since then, the ecotype has served – and is still serving – as a focal concept in evolutionary ecology, especially in studies of the interaction between plants and their environment. The concept and methods introduced by Turesson have also had a large impact on the assessment of phenotypic variation for crop improvement, in its modern form known as ”envirotyping”.
Turesson got his basic education in Biology at the University of Washington, USA. He returned to Sweden and received his PhD from Lund University in 1923.
A celebration symposium will be held on 29th November together with the annual NordPlant meeting on “Envirotyping for plant breeding and precision agriculture”, which takes place the day after, 30th November. Both meetings are located at Blå Hallen, Ecology Building, Lund University. The symposium will be in a hybrid format.
The programme includes a presentation of the historical context of the ecotype concept by Anna Tunlid (Lund University). Confirmed specialists presenting different aspects of present-day applications of the ecotype concept. Confirmed speakers include Timo van der Niet (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), Hans Jaqcuemyn (KU Leuven, The Netherlands), Sophie Karrenberg (Uppsala University), Marie Branderud (Oslo University), Honor C. Prentice (Lund University) and Björn Widén (Lund University). There here are open slots for contributed talks. Please, contact Magne Friberg if you would like to contribute! If you are interested to attend the meeting, sign up here already now!