Interest in the phenomenon of desiccation tolerance and sensitivity has grown over the past twenty years or so, and is likely to continue growing in the future. To cater for this interest, five previous International Workshops have been held in South Africa, the inaugural meeting being in 1994. A guiding principle of these Workshops has been to hold them at sites removed from the hustle and bustle of large cities, so that the delegates have time and opportunity to interact and relax in each others' company. This principle will also guide the 6th Workshop, and the organisers have made a provisional booking at the Aloe Ridge Hotel and Game Reserve situated in the unique Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng Province, South Africa.
The first four Workshops concentrated on plants – seeds and vegetative tissue. However the topic is much wider than that, and it is likely that cross-disciplinary interaction will be fruitful. If you have zoological or microbiological colleagues involved in the study of desiccation, we would welcome your forwarding this circular to them. Presentations (oral and/or poster) on aspects of desiccation tolerance and sensitivity ranging from molecular to ecological will be welcomed.
*Please note that the themes for the workshop will be organised on related aspects from the abstracts of presentations.