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Monday, October 12, 2009

USM TROPICAL BRYOLOGY TRAINING WORKSHOP

BRYONET
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:29:15 +0800
Subject: MALAYSIA/Tropical Bryology Training Workshop 11th-21st February
2010
From: "Min S. Chuah-Petiot" <mpetiot50@gmail.com>
To: bryonet-l@mtu.edu

USM TROPICAL BRYOLOGY TRAINING WORKSHOP
(FIELD-BASED COURSE)
*11th =96 21st February 2010*
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*Venue: Gunung Jerai (Mount Jerai or Kedah Peak at 1,200m asl) Hill
Station, Kedah, Malaysia*
*lat. 5** 46' 08"N, long. 100** 24' 21" E
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*The School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang,
Malaysia is organizing its first USM Tropical Bryology Training Workshop
from 12th to 21st February, 2010.*
Mount Jerai is a massive limestone mountain rising above the surrounding
plains to 1,380m asl. at the summit. 11 km of tarmac road lead up to this
mountain resort which can be reached by car. The vegetation changes from
lowland to highland flora- from dipterocarp forest to lower montane forest
of Podocarpus and Agathis and the site is bryologically rich.
Lectures are planned to show the different aspects of tropical
bryology-morphology, biology, ecology and classification of tropical
bryophytes: mosses, liverworts and hornworts; techniques of field collection
and research, identification and management of a cryptogamic herbarium;
economic importance and conservation of tropical bryological biodiversity.
Diversityand composition of tropical bryofloras; phytogeography, physiology
and adaptability of cryptogams in forest enrichment and restoration
programs. Field methods to measure biomass, water retention, interceptive
capacity of bryophyte cover and their importance to conservation and
maintenance of tropical ecosystems.
Field work and laboratory sessions will provide "hands on" experience in the
identification and understanding of the different groups.
Guest Lecturers: Prof. Tamas Pocs (Karoly College, Hungary) and Prof Haji
Mohamed (University of Brunei)
Interested participants should contact Min S. Chuah at mpetiot50@gmail.com
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