International Conference on Polyploidy, Hybridization and Biodiversity
May 17 - 20, 2009 - Palais du Grand Large - Saint Malo - FRANCE

The International Conference on Polyploidy, Hybridization and Biodiversity aims at promoting knowledge exchanges and discussions on the latest developments concerning these major drivers of genome shaping and speciation. A wide range of topics will be covered such as the consequences of polyploidy on biodiversity, hybrid and polyploid speciation, meiosis and fertility in polyploid species, genome evolution and structure, transposable elements and DNA methylation, epigenetics and gene regulation, heterosis, phenotypic variation ... The conference will focus sessions on all these areas and therefore illuminate mechanistic and evolutionary insights into many fundamental phenomena in biology. This undertanding is critical for management and conservation of Biodiversity as well as for breeding programs as most important crop species are relatively recent polyploids.

Saint-Malo is a beautiful and well-known medieval city on the NW coast of France (Brittany region). It is visited by thousands of tourists every year due to its historical centre, attractive coasts and magnificent landscapes.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Saint-Malo, France in May 2009 !