BASKIN, CAROL C. School of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0225 and Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091. - New Frontiers in Botany.
As we come to the end of the 20th century, it seems appropriate to
contemplate not only the accomplishments that have been made in the
plant sciences, but to wonder about the future. The papers and
posters to be presented at the Botany-2000 meeting give us a good
perspective on the current state of our knowledge of a wide range of
botanical topics; thus, the purpose of the symposium is to look toward
the future. What can we predict (hope for!) in terms of discoveries on
the origin and evolution of plants? What can we expect with regard to
the impact of global change on the world and especially its impact on
plants? Each of the symposium speakers has been asked to share their
thoughts on how we should be training students of today, so they will
be qualified to deal with the challenges of the next century.
Key words: future of botany, global change, origin and evolution of plants, theme symposium, training students