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AGA Convention Update


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:
Takashi Amano
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.
Michael Kane, Ph.D.
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 Cryptocoryne, Anubias, Nelumbo, Aponogeton, Myriophyllum and Sagittaria species as examples. Rumor has it that he will provide a “Home Tissue Culture Kit” to each convention attendee. Neat!
Atlanta Attractions
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.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
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 http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/convention.html]Aquatic Gard

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I'm planning to be there as are about 4-5 other GWAPA members. I'm really interested in the tissue culture talk.


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In the D.C., Maryland, or NOVA area? Come check out The Greater Washington Aquatic Plants Association!
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I plan on being there with enthusiasm, I look forward to it.
I am also looking forward to meeting all you guys/gals that attend
Should be a fantastic weekend.

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I plan on doing the same with my avatar - can't wait to see you guys there and meet you in person!


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any one want to get Takashi Amano autograph for me? i am to poor to get up thier my self =(


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I plan on doing the same with my avatar - can't wait to see you guys there and meet you in person!
I think you should use the alternate avatar Jen.



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I'm going to try and make depending on my exam schedule. As long as the exams are prior and not after, I should be able to go. I'm also looking forward to the tissue propagation presentation.

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Jon - that's so awesome I totally will.

I might also need to get this t-shirt. (see avatar text)


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I might also need to get this t-shirt. (see avatar text)
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Im also looking forward to the TCAP talk, should be a good one!
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Bump!

Deadline for the hotel discount is the 15th.

(I remembered to get our reservations about ten minutes ago!)
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Michael Kane, Ph.D.
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this name sounds familiar i think tom barr studied with this guy
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