This EMBO Workshop will present frontier research on speciation mechanisms in plants, focusing in particular on the genetic mechanisms establishing hybridization barriers, the role of natural selection in driving speciation, the importance of hybridization and polyploidization in speciation, and the environmental conditions promoting speciation.
Speciation has been studied since Darwin, but the advance of sequencing technologies has given an impressive boost to this research area. This workshop will highlight recent insights into speciation mechanisms in a diverse set of plant species, including the relevance of speciation research for plant breeding and ecosystems management. The EMBO Workshop will bring together investigators at the cutting-edge of their field and will provide ample opportunities for discussion in informal settings, allowing junior scientists and graduate students to exchange ideas with leaders in the field. There are possibilities for short talks selected from submitted abstracts.
The EMBO Workshop will be organized into the following sessions:
- Plant reproductive systems, drivers for speciation
- Reproductive isolation as a consequence of adaptive divergence
- Impact of hybridization and polyploidization on speciation
- Molecular and evolutionary consequences of hybridization