The 9thEuropean Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference was held on August 26-31 in Padova, Italy, which brought together more than 500 participants from Italy, UK, Germany, France, USA, China, Japan, and other countries. Prof. ZHOU Zhekun and 4 young scientists of XTBG were present at the conference.
36 symposia were organized for the conference ranging from general topics to Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic palaeobotany and palynology. Many symposia were related to the Quaternary and Archaeobotany, for which Italy is famous.
Prof. ZHOU Zhekun, and his team members Olesia BONDARENKO, Julie Lebreton-Anberree, LI Shufeng, and WANG Yuqing respectively made oral presentations in titles:
With increasing seasonality, Quercus schottkyana replaces the Q. delavayi complex as the dominant tree species in evergreen broadleaf forests (Zhou, Zhekun)
Fossil wood of Tsuga (Pinaceae) from the Late Miocene of Central Yunnan, China and its palaeoclimatic implication (Bondarenko, Olesya V.)
The first fossil fruits of Burretiodendron (Malvaceae s.l.) and associated leaf from the Late Miocene of Yunnan，China and its environmental implications (Lebreton-Anberrée, Julie)
Late Miocene climate inferred from palynological data in Southwestern China: a case study from Wenshan basin of Yunnan (Li, Shufeng)
Estimating paleo-CO2 levels from the late Paleocene–early Eocene to Late Pleistocene based on fossil leaf of Metasequoia (Wang, Yuqing)
Moreover, two images of plant fossils by ZHOU Zhekun and his team were on display at the conference.