PLANT INVADERS: FRIENDS, ENEMIES AND INTERACTIONS

Invasive Species

The second Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species (TIPS II) meeting will be held at the University of Toronto Mississauga on 6-8 August 2014. We are inviting presentations on the ecology, evolution, impacts, and management of plants invading terrestrial systems in Ontario, Canada and surrounding areas.

The meeting will focus on plant invaders in an ecological context, with sessions highlighting their interactions with their physicochemical surroundings and with other biota (competitors, herbivores, microbes, biocontrol agents). Goals include: 1) disseminating up-to-date science on the ecology of invasive plants, 2) creating a milieu for sharing best practices among conservation agencies, park managers and others and 3) providing a forum for practitioners and scientists to meet and discuss priorities, emerging threats, and funding opportunities.

We expect about 250 participants, including university students, researchers, resource managers, and government representatives. An initial day will be devoted to registration, a reception, and pre-conference field trips, followed by two full days of presentations, including 20-minute contributed oral presentations, research posters, and networking sessions. Presentations will be organized thematically; we anticipate sessions devoted to management, biocontrol, impacts, ecological interactions, and related topics. Major support has been provided by the Invasive Species Centre and the University of Toronto.

Registration will begin soon; please visit https://secure.utm.utoronto.ca/tips2/ for updates and more information. We hope to see you in Mississauga this summer!

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