The 5th Annual Meeting on Plant Ecology and Evolution (AMPEE5)

"Share your research"

29th November 2019

2022 update

You are kindly invited to the 6th Annual Meeting on Plant Ecology and Evolution (AMPEE6) will be jointly organized with the COBECORE meeting.

You are kindly invited to the 5th Annual Meeting on Plant Ecology and Evolution (AMPEE5). AMPEE is an open and lively meeting with a wide range of plant scientists from Belgium and elsewhere. It is an excellent occasion for promoting your research, and for meeting and sharing your research ideas with other botanists. We particularly encourage young researchers to participate, but everyone is welcome. Feel free to circulate this information among your colleagues. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the meeting!

The meeting will take place on Friday the 29th of November 2019 in the Castle of Bouchout, Meise Botanic Garden.

How to get there?

AMPEE is an initiative of the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium and Meise Botanic Garden, who also collectively publish the journal Plant Ecology and Evolution.


Registration and abstract submission are now closed. Still interested to join? Please email the organizers (emails below).

Everyone must register in order to attend the meeting. Registration is free for members of the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium. For non-members, the registration fee is 10 euro and includes a printed program with abstracts, coffee, and lunch. The registration fee is payable upon arrival at the meeting. Only cash will be accepted

If you have questions about the meeting, please contact the organizers Ann Bogaerts ( or Frederik Leliaert (

Program & Abstracts

9.00-9.40: Registration / Coffee

9.40-9.50: Opening welcome - Frederik Leliaert (head of science, Meise Botanic Garden) and Renate Wesselingh (General Secretary, Botanical Society of Belgium)

9.50-10.15: Keynote Lars Chatrou (Ghent University) "Plant evolution - gather around the Tree of Life"

10.15-11.10: Contributed talks: Plant systematics and evolution - new tools, new insights

10.15-10.25: Oscar Doré Ahossou (Université libre de Bruxelles): Species delimitation and phylogeography of African trees of the genus Parkia (Fabaceae, Mimosoideae)

10.25-10.35: Maurizio Mascarello (Meise Botanic Garden): The use of high-throughput sequencing for the identification of illegally logged African trees

10.35-10.45: Yves Bawin (KU Leuven): How old is coffee? Using phylogenomic data to infer the evolutionary history of the allotetraploid species Coffea arabica L.

10.45-10.55: Nicolas Magain (ULiège): Building on a solid foundation: a case study of how careful systematics can enhance ecology and genomics

10.55-11.10: Questions

11.10-11.30: Coffee break

11.30-13.00: Contributed talks: Plant ecology and evolution in a changing world

11.30-11.40: Langlois Alban (UCLouvain): Flower resources for pollinators at an agricultural landscape level. How can we link floral resources to bee health?

11.40-11.50: Estelle Barbot (Université de Lille): Selection on attractive floral traits: are there differences between males and females in a dioecious species?

11.50-12.00: Sanne Govaert (Ghent University): Rapid thermophilization of forest understorey plant communities

12.00-12.10: Chadrack Kafuti (Ghent University): Daily stem size fluctuations and growth phenology of a light demanding tree species from the Congo Basin

12.10-12.20: Claire Baudoux (Université Libre de Bruxelles): Growth strategy and phenology of the invasive species Cecropia peltata in Cameroon and comparison with its native equivalent Musanga cecropioides

12.20-12.30: Heriniaina Olivier Radosy (Université d’Antananarivo): Effects of slash-and-burn practice and woody charcoal production on xerophytic thickets of southwestern Madagascar.

12.30-12.45: Questions

12.45-13.45: Lunch & group photo

13.45-15.00: Contributed talks: new insights in diversity and evolution of Fungi and Algae

13.45-13.55: Nathan Schoutteten (Ghent University): Unveiling the hidden: mycoparasitism and the evolution of Basidiomycota

13.55-14.05: Matthieu Jérusalem (ULiege): Phylloporia (Basidiomycota, Hymenochaetales) in tropical Africa: an overview

14.05-14.15: Bart Van de Vijver & Käthe Robert (Meise Botanic Garden & University of Antwerp): Diatoms on loggerhead sea turtles: ecology & biogeography

14.15-14.25: Quinten Bafort (Ghent University): A first look at the effects of whole genome duplication on the phenotype and evolvability of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

14.25-14.40: Questions

14.40-15.00: Coffee break

15.00-15.20: Proclamation of the E. Van Rompaey award

15.20-16.00: Contributed talks

15.20-15.30: Maarten Trekels (Meise Botanic Garden): Herbarium specimens on your desktop from anywhere: hosting IIIF compliant images at Meise Botanic Garden

15.30-15.40: Audrey Le Veve (Université de Lille): Impact of dominance hierarchy on deleterious mutations linked to the S locus in Arabidopsis

15.40-15.50: Alexander Vrijdaghs (KU Leuven): The search for common origin: Homology revisited

15.50-16.00: Questions

16.00-16.30: 90-second lightning talks to introduce the posters

16.30-18.30: Posters, reception, and proclamation of best student poster awards (judged on design, clarity and novelty).

Photo: Only a few flowering plants, like this Kerguelen cabbage (Pringlea antiscorbutica), grow amongst the lichen-covered rocks of the sub-Antarctic islands Crozet and Kerguelen. Photo by Damien Ertz, all rights reserved.