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The family Magnoliaceae is one of the most primitive taxa of angiosperms (flowering plants). Knowledge of this family is essential for the researches on the origin, evolution, floristic geography and systematics of angiosperms.
The region of South and southwest China along with neighbouring areas, is the center of origin and diversity of the family Magnoliaceae. China has more magnoliaceous species than any other countries. Since the 1950's, South China Botanical Garden (SCBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has carried out significant multi-disciplinary researches on the Magnoliaceae, including introduction, propagation, and conservations of rare species, work has also been done on the systematics, morphology, cytology, embryology, palynology, phytochemistry, and floral biology of Magnoliaceae.
In order to exchange recent research progress, enhance the conservation and sustainable utilization of magnoliaceous plants, and promote the cooperative research worldwide, SCBG together with Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), Magnolia Society International (MSI), AND Guangdong Botanical Society, jointly organized "The 2nd International Symposium on the Family Magnoliaceae" on 5-8 May 2009 in Guangzhou (Canton), China.
Totally 151 participants from 19 countries and regions attended this symposium, among them, 42 from abroad, 109 from China. The program of this symposium included keynote addresses, oral presentations, poster sessions, general discussions and symposium excursion. Totally 11 participants from 6 countries made keynote addresses, 21 participants from 15 countries made oral presentations, and 8 participants from 4 countries displayed their posters.
This Proceedings included 29 papers from the participants, and presented the updated research progress of Magnoliaceae worldwide in systematics, phytogeography, cytology, anatomy, molecular biology, phytochemistry, germplasm conservation, conservation biology, physiology, ecology, cultivation, propagation and cultivar breeding, etc.
1. Taxonomy, Systematics and Phytogeography
- A New Classification System of the Famliy Magnoliaceae
- How Did Magnolias (Magnoliaceae, Magnolioideae) Reach Tropical Asia?
- Turning Points in the Taxonomic History of Magnolioideae -- from Baillon to Dandy to DNA
- A New System for the Family Magnoliaceae
- Diversity and Distribution of Magnoliaceae in India
- Plants Used as Medicine and Spices of the Family Magnoliaceae in Vietnam
- Taxonomy and Biogeography of the Family Magnoliaceae from Vietnam
2. Anatomy, Embryology, Palynology and Cytology
- Studies on the Morphology, Structure and Development in Magnoliaceae
- Observation on Megasporogenesis and Development of Female Gametophyte in Parakmeria yunnanensis Hu(Magnoliaceae)
- Floral Numerical Variation of Michelia yunnanensis
3. Molecular Biology and Phylogeny
- Determining Ploidy Levels and Relative Genome Sizes in Magnolia L
- Intraspecific Variation of cpDNA in Magnolia virginiana Native to Eastern-southeastern North America and Cuba
4. Physiology, Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation
- Photosynthetic Characteristics ofManglietia yuyuanensis in Different-Aged Compound Mixed Forest Community
- at Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen
- Study on Antibacterial Activity of Ultrasonic Wave Extracts from Leaves of Three Species ofMichelia L
- Conservation of Rare and Endangered Species Manglietia Iongipedunculata (Magnoliaceae)
- Special Propagation and Conservation of Rare and Endangered Native Thai Maguoliaceae
- Botanical Knowledge of Magnoliaceae in Papua New Guinea
- Conservation of Magnolias in Colombia
- Magnolia ex situ Collection at Arboretum Wespelaar, Belgium
5. Cultivation, Propagation, Gardening and Landscaping
- Comparison Tests on Growth of Seven Landscape Plants of Magnoliaceae
- The Introduction and Acclimatization of Magnolias in French Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
- Mognolia Cultivation, Propagation, Breeding and the Gardens Growing Them in Europe
- Development of Guidelines for the Conduct of Tests for Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability of New Varieties of Magnolia
- Propagation of Rare and Endangered Plant Magnolia odoratissima
- Studies on Seed Germination and Seedling Growth Mechanism of Six Endangered Magnoliaceous Plants
- Timing and Hormones Affected Rooting of Stem Cuttings of Magnolia grandiflora L.
- Performance in Northern Florida of Yellow-flowered Cultivars Derived from Magnolia acuminata
- Commercial Nursery Production of Magnoliaceae in the Southern United States
- Comparison of the Growth of Five Magnoliaceous Trees in Ecological Scenic Forests in Zhongshan, Guangdong,China
Appendix 1 Scientific Committee
Appendix 2 Organizing Committee
Appendix 3 Program
Appendix 4 Participants