Dear colleagues and friends,

  Phytoliths occur abundantly on the earth surface from plants to soils and geological sediments. As an importan tool in the geosciences and archaeology, phytolith made great constribution to the palaeontology and paleoenvironmental reconstructions, and the history of plant-human interactions, and carbon sequestration related to the global carbon cycling. Phytolith is widely used in various research and rapidly developing in the past deecades. International Meeting on Phytolish Research is an important platform for the academic exchange and collaboration throghout the global world. Following the 10th meeting in France, 2016, we are going to hold the 11th International Meeting on Phytolith Research in Wuhan, central China.

  Since the end of twentieth century, the application of new technology has made great progress on the basic theoretical research and more extensive application of phytolith with the geosciences and archaeology, ranging from the generation and deposition of silicon body, to the morphology and classification, plant domestication and origin of agriculture, climate change and biological evolution, etc.

  Since the introduction of phytolith analysis in 1980's, Chinese experts and scholars have made significant progress on the morphology and classification, paleoclimate and paleoecology, agricultural origin and environmental archaeology, and biogeochemistry research. Many more important achievements of the past 30 years laid the foundation for the rapid development of phytolith reseach and an increasingly wide utilization in important discovery on the key scientific problem in different fields, which also made significant contributions to the global phytolith research simultaneously.

  Nevertheless, phytolith research platform needs to be deepen. Exchanges and cooperation also need to be further strengthened in the phytolith identification criteria and taxonomy, phytoliths in the surface soil and environmental significance, fossil phytoliths and palaeo-envionmental reconstruction, phytolith and environmental archaeology, phytolith-occluded carbon and global carbon cycling, modern plant phytolith and global change, etc.

  A systematic review of the past achievements and the latest research progress in communication are conducive to the the rapid development and promotion of the subject.

  I believe this meeting will accelerate the development of phytolith research and multilateral cooperation in the earth sciences and archaeology throughout the world.

  I hope that this invitation would help you apply for a visa in local Chinese Embassies. I am looking forward to seeing you in Wuhan in September of 2018.


  Yansheng Gu

  Jan. 31, 2018

Preliminary schedules

    September 13, all day-registration

    September 14-16, opening session, plenary session and topic sessions


     The official language of this meeting is English. The keynote speakers will have 30 minutes (a 20-minute talk + 10 minutes for Q & A) for their presentations, while common speakers will have 15 minutes (a 10-minute talk and 5 minutes for Q & A). A 3-minute remaining sign will be shown to the speakers toward the end of their presentations.

    Session 1: Phytolith morphology, identification criteria and taxonomy

    Session 2: Phytoliths in the surface soil and environmental significance

    Session 3: Fossil phytoliths and palaeo-environmental reconstruction

    Session 4: Application of phytolith and starch in the environmental archaeology

    Session 5: Phytolith linked to global carbon and silicon cycles and 14 C dating

    Session 6: Modern plant phytolith response to the current global change