Integrating Knowledge on the Legume Family

Marcelo Simon (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária, EMBRAPA, Brazil)
Tânia Moura (Instituto Federal Goiano, Brazil)

We are pleased to announce that the global legume community is meeting in-person after five years since our last conference. The 8th International Legume Conference will take place from 6-11 August 2023 in Brazil, a country known for its extraordinary biological and cultural diversity. The host city, the colonial town of Pirenópolis, is located at the heart of the diverse and unique Cerrado, a savanna dominated vegetation home to nearly 1300 legume species. Pirenópolis, one of the most charming places in Goiás state is known for the beautiful waterfalls that surround the town, being the perfect setting for nature lovers. The town, which was founded back in 1725 by gold miners, has numerous well-preserved colonial-era houses, churches, and is home to cultural festivals and typical countryside cuisine.

The 8ILC committee is organizing several excursions, which include a one-day trip (mid-conference excursion) for all participants, as well as post-conference trips targeting different destinations in Brazil.

*Copaifera langsdorfii* Desf. (Detarioideae), photo by Leonardo Borges

Copaifera langsdorfii Desf. (Detarioideae), photo by Leonardo Borges

The scientific program of the 8ILC is composed of eight main symposia, which will include invited lectures, talks and posters:

  • Assembling global checklists and floras of legumes
  • Updates in legume systematics
  • Advances in legume morphology and anatomy
  • Legumes and society: Genetic resources, uses and conservation
  • Legume research in the era of genomics
  • Animals and legumes: From mutualistic to antagonistic interactions
  • Novelties in legume-rhizobia symbiosis
  • Legumes as a model for biogeography, macroecology and evolution

Registration for the 8ILC is now open! Please check the conference website at http://www.8ilc.com for online registration, abstract submission and additional information.

We are looking forward to warmly welcoming all of you to Brazil, and enhancing collaboration within the legume community.

Marcelo Simon & Tânia Moura on behalf of the 8ILC organizing committee

Downtown Pirenópolis, Goiás, in central Brazil.

Downtown Pirenópolis, Goiás, in central Brazil.