Research objectives and content
The applicant, who is professor of Botany at the University of Copenhagen and a specialist on the flora of Greece, proposes to stay for 12 months in 1997--98 at the University of Patras to join a research group in the context of the Flora Hellenica project.
Flora Hellenica is a major international project, led by a steering committee with Dimitrios Phitos (Patras) as chairman and Arne Strid (the applicant) as secretary. Cooperative links are already well established; in the period 1993--96, five young Greek researchers have worked for periods of six months or more at the applicant's home institute, pursuing different tasks in the framework of Flora Hellenica.
The project is scheduled to result in a modern, critical survey of all species of native and naturalized vascular plants in Greece, currently estimated to number c. 5,700. Nine volumes will be published at intervals of 18-24 months; vol. 1 is expected to appear in the end of 1996. There are a number of associated projects in the fields of taxonomy, ecology, evolution and biogeography.
The proposed grant would further enhance the strong European dimension of Flora Hellenica and serve to develop an important basic field of biology. Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
The applicant proposes to work on a daily basis together with persons who have previously been research fellows in Copenhagen as well as other staff members and research students in Patras. The younger researchers in particular are expected to benefit from joint field work and from training in the principles and methods of taxonomy, biogeography, etc. Links with industry / industrial relevance (22)
Flora Hellenica is a basic research project with no direct links to industry. However, the results are expected to be of long-term significance in nature conservation, sustainable rural development, etc.