University of Florida

The Florida Orchid Conservation Conference

The Florida Orchid Conservation Conference was held December 2-3, 2011 at the Naples Botanical Garden, Naples Florida.  The purpose of the conference was to share research advances on Florida orchid conservation with governmental officials and concerned citizens.

This was accomplished through presentations, hands-on activities and in situ field experiences. An effort was made to educate participants of the research conducted on Florida’s diverse native terrestrial and epiphytic orchids.

However, emphasis was focused on the native orchid restoration and conservation research projects conducted on the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, by the Plant Restoration Conservation and Propagation Biotechnology Program at the University of Florida and the Orchid Recovery Program at Illinois College.

Sharing this information with you

During the "town hall meeting" conducted at the end of the first day, it was suggested to have a medium that would allow the general public and other research facilities to have access to information related to the biology, propagation, and conservation of Florida native orchids.

The conference presentations, the orchid research review, and the current and future directions contained on this website represent the first step in providing governmental officials and the public the most up-to-date information on the orchid conservation arena with.

The researchers at the University of Florida and Illinois College invite you to use the information provided to obtain a wider view of our knowledge of Florida’s orchids.  The orchid research review provides definitions and experimental overviews covered in the conference presentations.

Conference with attendees
Dr. Phil Kauth delivers a presentation on asymbiotic orchid seed germination at the conference. During the presentation, participants were able to sow surface sterilized seeds onto orchid germination medium that they took home.

People in canoe
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge biologist Larry Richardson holds a canoe for participants as they begin their journey into the swamps of the refuge. Participants were able to see epiphytic orchid natural habitat and ongoing research experiments.