of the 6th Conference of ICPS
The 6th Conference of International Carnivorous Plant
Society has been successfully completed, at Frostburg State University
(FSU), June 1-5, 2006. We have more than 80 registered attendees
from Canada, UK, Germany, mainland of China, Taiwan, Czech Republic,
and USA. More than a dozen FSU faculty, staff, and students showed
up to assist and/or attend at the presentations and field trips.
Totally, we have about 100 people involved in the conference, plus
more than 100 visitors from the local cities and some even drove
a couple of hours for visiting the conference. All visitors were
amazed by the fantastic carnivorous plants, especially a few kids
with their parents learned a lot from the educational workshops,
while some kids were excited when their parents bought some Venus
flytrap, sundews, etc. for them. At least two local newspapers reported
the conference (e.g., Cumberland
We had eighteen academic presentations, one invited talk, three
posters, two educational workshops, and one art workshop, as well
as one fossil plant display. We also have seven vendors and four
display booths, brought a lot of marvelous plants from Washington
DC, Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, Boston, and even Germany. All
participants were very happy for all arrangements, enjoyed the happy
mood of the conference in the pleasant Compton Science Center.
The presentations ranged 1) from
a report of the oldest carnivorous fossil record, 125 million year
old pitcher plants from China, to a phylogenetic review of all modern
carnivorous plants; 2) from the traditional healing with Nepenthes
in Madagascar, various medicinal applications of other carnivorous
plants, to examinations of some molecules from carnivorous plants,
with Terahertz spectroscopy; 3) from the traditional observation/documentation
with lens and light microscope to the SEM with a low vacuum model;
4) from the beautiful Heliamphora on the mysterious table
mountains of Tepuis in South America to lovely tiny Pinguicula
in the high Arctic; 5) from tracing the history to the conservation
of some CP populations; 6) from ecology, physiology, and development
to horticulture of various carnivorous plants. All of these assembled
the conference with research, education, and art appreciation of
For the Best Plant Show, Jeremiah Harris, of the Colorado
Carnivorous Plant Society, won the first place with his beautiful
Nepenthes, Michael Szesze of the Carnivorous
Plant Nursery won the second place with a flowering Heliamphora,
while Matthew Opel, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
University of Connecticut, won the third place with an old Roridula.
We had a lot of "fights" in the silent auction and a
voice auction, thanks to all donors. After the voice auction we
enjoyed the banquet and Dr.
Martin MacKenzie's talk on his tracing the history of local
carnivorous plant populations.
We had six DVD shows of documentary movies on research and a field
trip to carnivorous plant sites in Arctic. We even watched the fiction
movie "Little Shop of Horrors" after the reception.
Two field trips went through extremely well. We have more than
40 people went to the local field trip to three sites with pitcher
plants and sundews. The cloudy weather was very pleasant, and we
had a lot of fun. Our enthusiastic carnivorous plant lovers would
not leave the Big Run Bog until a rain came to drive them a big
run to our bus. About 30 people went to the eastern field trip to
mike Szesze's Carnivorous
Plant Nursery and the Meadowview
Botanical Research Station, which was also very educational
and highly appreciated by participants.
All participants and visitors had a lot of fun. The Chair of the
Mass Communication Department led a team filmed our conference,
and the documentary film will be used for a research window in a
museum to be completed this summer in the same Compton Science Center,
where we had our 6th ICPS Conference.
To organize this conference, Dr. Douglas Darnowski, Dr. Hongqi
Li, Ms. Teresa Golembiewski, and Dr. Stephen Williams have done
a lot of organizational planning. For his tremendous contribution
to the conference, ICPS awarded Dr. Li a certificate and a watch,
both have a restoration of his fossil pitcher plant Archaeamphora.
Hongqi and Terre also worked on the T-shirt and goodie bag for the
conference (a few surplus T-shirt and
Goodie are still available at the website).
Finally, we are very grateful for all facilities and transportation
provided by Frostburg State University, for the reception offered
by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, FSU, and for the great
support from more than two dozens of faculty, staff, and graduate
students of the Biology Department and other departments, who were
involved in organizing before the conference and providing assistance
during the conference. We also thank Indiana University Southeast,
JEOL SEM, and Siggi and Irmgard for their sponsorships to the conference.