The 5th PlantaEuropa Conference:

The conference was very intensive and interesting and brought up some very important issues relating to Crete. The first was the election of Lucas Andrianos from the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Orthodox Academy in Kolymbari to the Steering Committee of PlantaEuropa. It is hoped that this will lead to areas of Crete being designated 'Special Plant Areas', which in turn will lead to more scientific interest and, hopefully, funds being made available for conservation.

The second is the proposal that the 6th PlantaEuropa Conference be held either in Poland or in Greece (possibly in Crete). This would be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the wild flowers of the island to a wide audience of the scientific community of Europe and elsewhere.

A fuller report will be available shortly.

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