I have been following the discussion
of new venues and possible new formats for the IAS Annual Show and Convention
and wondered about the advisability of presenting more than a single keynote
address. Many other special-interest organizations sponsor smaller, less
formal "sessions" throughout the show period that supplement
the address by the featured speaker. I wrote down a few topics that could
be presented in such "workshops" and I'm sure that most of you
could think of a number of others. These are for purposes of discussion.
1. Experiences with Temperate Climate
Outdoor Cultivation of Tropical Aroids.
2. Edible Aroids of the World and Their
3. Aquatic Aroid Genera Suitable for
Aquarium Culture: Cryptocoryne, Lagenandra, and Anubias.
4. Review of the Genus Philodendron
[and other popular or unpopular genera] and Cultivation Recommendations.
5. Aroids on E-Bay: Tips and Cautions
about Buying and Selling On-Line.
6. Aroid Photography: Aesthetic and
7. Hybridization of Aroids for the Amateur
8. Landscaping with Aroids and Advice
on Grounds Maintenance.
9. Successful Storage of Dormant Tubers.
10. Harvesting, Storage, and Germination
of Aroid Seeds.
11. Tissue Culture: A Step-By-Step Introduction
to Mass Cloning.
12. Artificial Lighting for Aroid Culture.
13. Coaxing Inflorescences from Reluctant
14. Native Cold Climate Aroids of North
America [or Europe, or Anatolia, or Asia].
15. Some Scientific Mysteries about
16. What is Known about Aroid Odor and
17. Insect Pollination and Seed Dispersal:
Partners in the Natural History of Aroids.
18. The Aquatic Nuisance Aroids: Lemna,
Spondela, and Pistia.
19. The Fossil Record of Aroids.
20. Aroid Culture and the Professional
Operations of Public Greenhouses.
I expect that most people reading this
list would want to sit for an hour listening to many, perhaps even all
of these topics if they were presented by a person of some relevant experience.
Most of these topics have been discussed from time to time on the list,
so there is at least some expertise among people we already know that could
be tapped and formalized. I'm sure people would identify Julius with #2.
I would be a good possibility for #3, etc., etc.
Think also of the idea of video recording
such sessions so they would be available forever through the IAS. Or maybe
we could have the presenter write a "paper" on the subject that
would record and flesh out the theme for inclusion in Aroidiana. This is
similar to what is done at many professional meetings. Having some additional
topics at a convention would serve as further incentive for people to travel
to attend and put some meat on what it means to be a member of IAS.
Anyway, that's my idea for this morning.
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