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    [url=http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/convention.html][img] http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/AGA2K8/aga2k8_email.jpg[/img][/url] The 2008 Aquatic Gardeners
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 9, 2008
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      The 2008 Aquatic Gardeners Association Convention in Atlanta, Georgia
      November 14 - 16 will present some of the most fascinating and
      progressive speakers in the planted aquarium hobby. You don't want to
      miss this event!

      Here's more information about two of the six speakers:

      [b]Takashi Amano[/b]
      Aqua Design Amano
      Niigata, Japan
      Amano established the original layout style `Nature Aquarium' that
      introduced the concept of aquascaping to the planted aquarium hobby.
      He founded Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd in 1982. He developed and
      manufactured aquatic plants cultivation equipment, called `Nature
      Aquarium Goods' that was focused on its design and quality. In 1992,
      he published "Nature Aquarium World Book 1" and his 2nd photo
      book, "Nature Aquarium World Book 2" was translated into seven
      languages. Thus the concept of `Nature Aquarium' was spread all over
      the world.

      Since 1975, Amano has visited tropical rainforests in Amazon, Borneo
      and West Africa and pristine forests in Japan, and he has been
      working on series of photos focusing on "untouched nature" with his
      large-format cameras. He captures minute details of nature found at
      site on extra large size films (up to 8x20 inches). His works have
      been introduced internationally through the several exhibitions and
      publications. Amano is now taking on a challenge to record the
      existing precious nature of Japan on large-format films and pass down
      to posterity.

      [b]Michael Kane, Ph.D.[/b]
      Assistant Chair & Professor
      Environmental Horticulture Department
      University of Florida
      Dr. Michael Kane is a professor in the Environmental Horticulture
      Department at the UF Gainesville campus and the program manager of
      the Plant Restoration, Conservation and Propagation Biotechnology
      Program. The goal of his research is to develop ecologically sound
      and commercially viable plant tissue culture (micropropagation)
      procedures for production of aquarium, wetland and coastal plants and
      endangered orchids. Dr. Kane uses this knowledge to enhance the
      restoration of wetland habitats and retention ponds for
      phytoremediation (using plants to clean up the environment). In his
      lecture, Dr. Kane will explain the micropropagation process and how
      it can be applied to the efficient propagation of aquatics using [i]
      Cryptocoryne, Anubias, Nelumbo, Aponogeton, Myriophyllum[/i] and [i]
      Sagittaria [/i]species as examples. Rumor has it that he will provide
      a "Home Tissue Culture Kit" to each convention attendee. Neat!

      [b]Atlanta Attractions[/b]
      If you have extra time in Atlanta, there's plenty to see and do. Here
      are some recommendations if you're planning to come early or stay
      late for the Convention.

      Georgia Aquarium (AGA Field Trip Tickets $23.50)
      MARTA: Peachtree Center Station
      225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
      Phone: 404.581.4000, http://www.georgiaaquarium.org
      With eight million gallons of fresh and marine water, the Georgia
      Aquarium is home to approximately 80,000 animals, representing 500
      species. Some of the Aquarium's most notable specimens include four
      whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, and four beluga whales.
      To get the special field trip rates, go to the AGA web site.

      [b]Atlanta Botanical Garden[/b]
      MARTA: Arts Center Station, then #36 North Decatur bus (#27
      Monroe/Lindberg bus on Sundays)
      1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
      Phone: 404.876.5859, http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org
      The Atlanta Botanical Garden features over thirty acres of unmatched
      beauty in the heart of Atlanta. Stroll through Japanese, rose,
      perennial, vegetable, rock, herb and conifer gardens, or walk the
      trails in a 15-acre mature hardwood forest. Atlanta Botanical Garden
      is home to one of the largest permanent orchid displays in the world,
      as well as a conservatory dedicated to rare and endangered plants
      from deserts and tropical rainforests.

      Register soon! Go to the [url=http://www.aquatic-
      gardeners.org/convention.html]Aquatic Gardeners Association web site
      [/url] to register and see a preliminary schedule.
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