PLANT SCIENCE BULLETIN
A Publication of the Botanical Society of America, Inc.
VOLUME 28, NUMBER 2, APRIL, 1981
Emanuel D. Rudolph, Editor
Department of Botany
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Anitra Thorhaug - Florida International University, Key Biscayne, FL 33199
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
BOTANICAL SOCIETY YOUNG BOTANISTS RECOGNITION AWARDS
REGISTRATION FOR ANNUAL MEETING
WHY THE APPLE?
MEETINGS AND COURSES
RECENT BOTANICAL BOOKS
BOTANICAL SOCIETY YOUNG BOTANISTS RECOGNITION AWARDS
Nominations for the Young Botanists Recognition Program for 1982 are requested. The Program is designed to offer individual recognition to outstanding senior undergraduates in the plant sciences and to encourage their participation in the Botanical Society. Awards to successful nominees in the form of Certificates of Recognition, signed by the President of the Society, will be forwarded to the chairperson of the candidate's department for presentation.
Nominations, with appropriate documentation, should be forwarded to Dr. Nels R. Lersten, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, by May 7, 1982.
REGISTRATION FOR ANNUAL MEETING
Forms are available in the March issue of BioScience or can be obtained from: Dr. David L. Dilcher, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 (812/337-9455).
WHY THE APPLE?
Did Eve really offer the apple to Adam that fateful day in the Garden of Eden? The Bible reports only that she caused him to eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
As you may recall, the fruit of the apple is a pome. The Latin is obvious. The romance languages form a bridge as we see that the French word for apple is pomme. The word apple itself is apparently Germanic in origin. It comes to us today by way of Old English and Middle English. The reference in the Bible to fruit tree has come to mean apple. So we see that by common consensus we have come to accept the fruit in the Garden as the apple when, in fact, it may not have been. But, there is more to the apple than that.
For example, even the orange is an apple, as in the "Golden Apples of the Hesperides." As you may recall, Hercules was called upon, in order to become immortal, to perform several labors for the King of Mycenae (Eurystheus). After accomplishing ten unbelievable tasks, the eleventh was to secure the Golden Apple of the Hesperides. The Hesperides were the four virgin daughters of Atlas. They were charged with the responsibility of protecting the Golden Apples from plunder. They were aided in their effort by Ladon, a hundred-headed dragon. Hercules prevailed upon Atlas for help and was successful in obtaining the Golden Apples. The fruit of the orange is today referred to as a hesperidium.
But, there is more! Again from Greek mythology, we hear the story of the judgment of Paris. At the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, the Goddess Eris (also called the Goddess of Discord), upset over not being invited, threw an apple into the midst of the guests with the notation, "for the fairest." Three goddesses claimed the prize. In this dilemma, it was decided that Paris, the son of the King of Troy, was to be
called in from his fields to judge who was the fairest. The three contestants
were Hera (Juno), sister and wife of Zeus (Jupiter); Athena (Minerva), Goddess of the Arts; and Aphrodite (Venus), Goddess of Love. After each had promised the poor lad all sorts of great things, Paris chose the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite to receive the apple. The rejected goddesses ultimately involved themselves in events that led to the nine years of the Trojan War. (Paris ran off with Helen, the wife of the King of Sparta, and it was her face that launched the thousand ships that commenced the war.)
The North African city of Carthage had its apple. And, after the wars with Rome (Punic Wars), we refer to the "Apple of Carthage" as the "Punic Apple." The plant, of course, produces not apples but pomegranates. As the common name implies, Punica granatum L. resembles the apple, but differs with its granulate interior.
In other languages the apple is used in the descriptive names of other fruits and vegetables. In French, for example, the potato is pomme de terre or apple of the earth. The tomato is pomme d'amour or love apple. Is this why the soldiers and sailors, circa 1940's, used to refer to women as "tomatoes"? Then there are many common names for plants such as the "may apple," Podophylum peltatum L.: "custard apple," Annona reticulata L.; "apple of Peru," Nicandra physalodes Gaertn., etc.
Did William Tell really place the apple on his son's head? Was it really the apple that got the attention of Sir Isaac Newton? Is the expanded laryngeal cartilage in man really an Adam's Apple? And then there are the expressions we use to honor the apple; "apple of your eye," "apple pie order," "apple polishing." The apple, indeed! Why couldn't it have been the pear? But, alas, the pear is a pome too.
David H. Rembert, Jr., Department of Biology, University of South Carolina
New Chinese Bamboo Journal
A new journal, Journal of Bamboo Research, to be published semiannually is available from the Business Department, China National Publishing Industry Trading Corporation, P.O. Box 614, Beijing, China. It will cover all aspects of bamboo botany, agriculture, and utilization. Subscribers will be billed at the current exchange rate for 8 Renminbi Yuan a year.
Teaching Section Slide Exchange
The slide exchange program, sponsored by the BSA Teaching Section, will be expanded this year. The membership is encouraged to submit slides to be added to the collection. Slides in several new categories are being solicited, Economic Plants, Non-vascular Plant Morphology, and "Slides that tell a story" (small sets of slides illustrating a single principle or theme). Additional slides for last year's categories, Vascular Plant Morphology and Plant Geography (S.E. U.S. was particularly weak) would also be appreciated. We would also like to expand Plant Geography to worldwide coverage. Contributions should be sent to Dr. Marshall D. Sundberg, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 54701. They will be duplicated and the originals returned. The copies will be placed on exhibit at the annual meeting at Penn State and members will be offered the opportunity to purchase duplicates, for the cost of reproduction, to be used in teaching. We hope to make this program even more successful with greater contributions by the membership.
Expected Research Laboratory Closing
Dr. John A. Romberger reports that the USDA, Forest Service, Forest Physiology Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, due to severe budgetary limitations, will be closed within this year. He expects further research cuts in the Forest Service next year.
The U.S. State Department has imposed a complete ban on all communication by government officials, including researchers employed by the government, with Polish nationals in Poland. This will surely affect a number of cooperative programs.
Hunt Institute Staff Changes
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA is pleased to announce that Mr. John V. Brindle has been appointed Curator of Art, Emeritus upon his retirement at the close of 1981. Mr. Brindle joined the Institute in 1961 as its first Curator of Art. Succeeding him as Curator is Mr. James J. White, formerly Assistant Curator of Art. Prior to joining the staff in 1978, Mr. White was Supervisor of the Herbarium Services Unit at the Smithsonian Institution. His research interests include botanical art and illustration as well as 19th- and early-20th-century American still-life paintings. Mr. Donald Wendel has been appointed Assistant Curator of Art. Mr. Wendel comes to the Institute from the Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH, where he served as curatorial Assistant/Preparator. His specialties include prints and printmaking.
Lindbergh Fund Grantee
James L. Luteyn, Curator of Botany at the New York Botanical Garden, has been awarded a 1982 Charles A. Lindbergh Fund grant for $10,580. The grant covers initial
stages of a project to establish permanent biological study plots in two ecologically different areas within newly organized national parks in eastern Ecuador.
Missouri Botanical Garden Staff Addition
Robert E. Magill has joined the staff of the Missouri Botanical Garden herbarium as assistant curator of bryophytes. Dr. Magill received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, carrying out a floristic study of the mosses of the Big Bend area of Texas as his dissertation topic. He spent a post-doctoral year at the Missouri Botanical Garden from 1975 to 1976, and was on the staff of the Botanical Research Institute, Pretoria, South Africa, from 1976 until 1981. During his tenure in South Africa, he initiated studies for the moss volume of the Flora of Southern Africa, the first fascicle of which is due to be published shortly. The manuscript for the second of the planned four moss fascicles is in the final stages of completion. While in South Africa Dr. Magill carried out extensive field work in all parts of the country and he curated and rejuvenated the moss collection at the Botanical Research Institute, where the important collections of A. Rehmann (1840-1917) and T. R. Sim (1858-1938) form an important basis on which much of the knowledge of the South African moss flora is based. He can be reached at the Missouri Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166.
Dr. Umesh C. Banerjee, formerly Director of the Benjamin Harris Herbarium, North Texas State University, Denton, TX, has joined the teaching staff at North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC 27707, as Associate Professor in Environmental Biology.
MEETINGS AND COURSES
Modelling and Environmental Management Conference:
The Third International Conference on State-of-the-Art in Ecological Modelling will consider "Application of ecological modelling to environmental management" and be held May 24-28, 1982 at Colorado State University. For further information contact: Dr. William K. Lauenroth, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523.
Symposium on Cell Fusion:
The fourteenth Miles International Symposium devoted to "Cell fusion" will be held at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore on June 7-9, 1982; further information is available from: Dr. Edward G. Bassett, Symposium Coordinator, Miles Laboratories, Inc., P.O. Box 40, Elkhart, IN 46515.
New Statistics Methodology Course:
A course "A new methodology - experimentation for selection of the best" is to be held June 9-11, 1982 at The Ohio State University; for further information contact: Louise Larew, Office of Continuing Education, The Ohio State University, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43210.
Biogeography and Evolution of Oak Symposium:
The program for the symposium to be held June 22, 1982 by the Pacific Section of BSA and AAAS includes papers by C. H. Muller, D. I. Axelrod, G. L. Stebbins, J. M. Tucker, C.J. Smiley, J. Maze, K.C. Nixon, K. P. Steele, J. R. Griffin, M. L. George, and R. P. Neilson. Information is available from: L. H. Wullstein, Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.
Developmental and Structural Sections Symposium:
"Vegetative Compatibility Responses in Plants" will be the topic of an all-day symposium sponsored by the Developmental and Structural Sections of B.S.A. at the Annual Meeting at Pennsylvania State on August 9, 1982. Dr. Randy Moore of Baylor University is the convener and he will be joined in talks by J. R. Aist, A. A. Bell, J. Kuijt, J. L. Riopel, M. E. McCully, D. B. Walker, E. Hacskaylo, and A. E. Clarke.
Symposium on Adaptations:
An international symposium on "Plant, Animal and Microbial Adaptations to Terrestrial Environment" is to be held in Halkidiki, Greece, September 26 to October 2, 1982. For more information contact: Prof. N.S. Margaris, Laboratory of Ecology, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, University of Thessaloniki, University P.B. 119, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Tamaulipan Biotic Province Symposium:
An International Symposium on the Tamaulipan Biotic Province will include all ecological aspects of the biome: vegetation, invertebrates, vertebrates, ecological structure and function, biological resources (use and effects), management, and conservation. The meeting will be held at La Quinta Royale Motor Inn, Corpus Christi, Texas, on October 28, 29, 30, 1982. Those interested in contributing papers should submit an abstract by 1 August 1982; abstracts for invited papers must be received by 1 September 1982. For information on either, contact: Gene W. Blacklock, Curator, Welder Wildlife Foundation, P.O. Drawer 1400, Sinton, TX 78387 and for information on registration contact: Jimmie R. Picquet, Director, John E. Conner Museum, Texas A&I University, P.O. Box 2172, Kingsville, TX 78363.
Numerical Taxonomy Conference:
The University of Notre Dame will host the Sixteenth Annual Numerical Taxonomy Meeting, October 22-24, 1982. Conference plans include contributed and invited papers on topics dealing with numerical cladistics, phenetics, quantitative biogeography, microcomputer-based program packages, and teaching of these topics. For further information contact: Prof. Theodore J. Crovello, Department of Biology, The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
Systematics Section Symposium on Modern Cladistics:
"Modern cladistics and systematic botany" is the topic of a full day symposium to be held during the American Society of Plant Taxonomy and the Systematics Section of the Botanical Society of America meetings at Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday, August 11th, 1982. Historical, theoretical, and practical issues will be discussed. For information on the speakers and topics, write to the conveners: Dr. W. H. Wagner, Jr., Department of Botany, University of Michigan, Natural Science Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, or Dr. Peter F. Stevens, Harvard University Herbaria, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Man and the Biosphere Symposium:
The U.S. Man and the Biosphere Program will sponsor an international symposium and workshop on the "Applications of Genetics to the Management of Wild Plant and Animal Populations" August 9-13, 1982 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, D.C. For special hotel rates reservations must be made before July 18. Information about the meeting is available from: C. Schonewald-Cox, c/o Division of Natural Sciences, National Park Service - 494, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.
Shortcourses on Computers in Biology:
A series of four one-week shortcourses on Computers in Biology will be offered concurrently in the Biology Department of The University of Notre Dame, August 15-21, 1982. All instruction will be by biology professors with expertise in computing. Designed for faculty, postdoctorals, and advanced graduate students, the courses and instructors are: 1) Computers in Bioeducation, Theodore J. Crovello; 2) Microprocessor Applications in Physiology and Behavior, Harald E. Esch; 3) Computerized Data Analysis in Biological Research, Ronald A. Hellenthal; and 4) Introduction to Computer Simulation, Stephen R. Carpenter. The courses can accommodate participants with or without a computer background. Enrollment is limited to assure personalized instruction. Tuition is $400, payable by June 1, 1982. Modern, air conditioned dormitory rooms will be available on the Notre Dame campus. For more information, contact: Dr. Theodore J. Crovello, Biocomputing Shortcourses Coordinator, Department of Biology, The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Phone: 219/239-7496.
Phycologist or Bryologist at University of Iowa
The Department of Botany, University of Iowa, announces a 9-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor Level to begin August, 1982. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated research expertise in the area of either Phycology or Bryology. The successful candidate will be expected to teach an advanced course in his/ her specialty and to participate in the undergraduate teaching program. The normal teaching load is one course per semester. Summer teaching appointments within the University are also possible. The University will support the research needs of this position; however, the candidate will be encouraged to seek additional external funding.
We request applications from candidates trained in any aspect of phycology or bryology; we have the resources to support research in evolutionary, ecological, ultra-structural, or biochemical approaches to these disciplines. The Department of Botany has ample office and laboratory space available for this position. Located within the Department are several growth chambers, an excellent TEM facility, and laboratories equipped for physiological and biochemical investigations. A complete SEM and freeze-fracture facility is also available. The Department maintains a collection of living algae and bryophytes as well as an extensive bryophyte herbarium. The Botany Library is housed in the Departmental building. The University of Iowa and the Botany Department participate in the Organization for Tropical Studies and in a freshwater research facility at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.
Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, a statement of research plans and accomplishments, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Robert W. Embree, The Department of Botany, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. Screening of applicants will begin on March 31, 1982. The University of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Plant Biochemist at Texas Tech University
Assistant Professor is sought beginning September 1, 1982. Applicants from all areas of plant biochemistry will be considered. Development of an active research program, attraction of extramural funding,
and supervision of graduate students at both the M.S. and Ph.D. level are expected. Postdoctoral experience preferred. Teaching duties in introductory botany and field of expertise. Letters of application should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and reprints. Applicants should also have three referees submit letters of recommendation. Send application to: Dr. Larry S. Roberts, Chairman, Department of Biological Sciences, P.O. Box 4149, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409. An Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer.
Botanist at Alfred University
Biology/General Botany, Assistant Professor required for a nine month tenure track position starting August 1982. Duties include co-teaching a year course in General Biology, a one-semester course in General Botany, advanced coursework in area of expertise assuming it is complementary to present departmental offerings, and participating in a comprehensive advising program. Required is a Ph.D. (or near completion). Send letter of application by April 15 and include a statement of applicant's philosophy of the role of biology in a liberal arts curriculum, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dr. James P. Rausch, Department of Biology, P.O. Box 456, Alfred University, Alfred NY 14802. Alfred University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Plant Taxonomist at University of Maine
A nine month tenure-track appointee is sought for Assistant or Associate Professor of plant systematics starting September 1, 1982 in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. A Ph.D. in plant taxonomy or related specialty is required and teaching and research experience is desirable. Teaching responsibilities include dendrology for forestry students, offered each fall semester, and an introductory taxonomy of vascular plants course offered each spring semester. The appointee will also be expected to develop a graduate level course in an appropriate specialty to be offered in alternate years. The position requires the overseeing of the University Herbarium (70,000 sheets) and the Hyland Plantation, a 10 acre arboretum located on campus. The individual should be committed to developing and supporting an active research program. It should emphasize modern biosystematic principles and methods and complement other activities in the department. The individual is expected to become familiar with the flora of Maine and to serve as a resource person for plant identification. The salary starts at $20,000 depending upon qualifications. The University of Maine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Send resume, reprints, transcripts, and at least 3 letters of recommendation to: Dr. Douglas Gelinas, Chairman, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469 as soon as possible as the end of March was closing date.
Postdoctoral Museum Internship
The New York Botanical Garden announces a postdoctoral internship in curatorial techniques and herbarium management for one year, beginning 1 September 1982. This project is supported by the National Museum Act, which is administered by the Smithsonian Institution. The stipend is $14,500 for one year. Health insurance can be arranged. This program is offered to a person wishing to receive training in curating and managing systematics collections. Following detailed instruction sessions, the trainee will participate actively in all aspects of herbarium work. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter detailing how this program will be beneficial to them, and should ask that letters of recommendation be sent directly to the Garden.
The New York Botanical Garden herbarium contains more than 4,000,000 specimens from all groups of plants and has been recognized as a national and international resource serving the research needs of resident staff and the botanical community. The intern will receive the benefit of interaction with a staff of twelve curatorial assistants, ten graduate students, and the following curators: Drs. Rupert C. Barneby, William R. Buck, Arthur Cronquist, Kent Dumont, Noel H. Holmgren, Patricia K. Holmgren, Tetsuo
Koyama, Leslie Landrum, James L. Luteyn, Bassett Maguire, John T. Mickel, Scott A. Mori, Ghillean T. Prance, P. Mick Richardson, Frederick C. Seaman, Clark T. Rogerson and William C. Steere.
Applications and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Dr. Patricia K. Holmgren, Director of the Herbarium, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York 10458. The applicant's file should be complete by 15 April 1982. Notification of acceptance will be made no later than 1 May 1982.
Research Fellowships in India
Twelve long-term (6-10 mos.) and nine short-term (2-3 mos.) research awards, without restriction as to field, are offered for 1983-84 by the Indo-U.S. Subcommission on Education and Culture. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the post-doctoral or equivalent level and those who have limited or no experience in India are especially encouraged to apply. Terms include $1,200-$1,500 per month, depending upon qualifications, $350 per month payable in dollars and the balance in rupees; an allowance for books and study/travel in India; and international travel for the grantee. In addition, long-term fellows receive international travel for dependents; a dependent allowance of $100-$250 per month
in rupees; and a supplementary research allowance up to 34,000 rupees. The applications deadline is July 1, 1982 with application forms and further information from: Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Attention - Indo-American Fellowship Program, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20036, telephone (202) 833-4985.
Dr. Robert Louis Hulbary, Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium at the University of Iowa died of a stroke on 23 November 1981. He was born July 24, 1916 in Medelia, Minnesota. His degrees were from the University of Illinois (A.B., 1939) and Columbia University (Ph.D., 1944), and he taught at Columbia from 1943 to 1961 when he moved to the University of Iowa. Culture and development of green algae, plant morphogenesis and reproductive biology of bryophytes were his research interests.
Das, Gaurangakumar. Aspects of Photosynthesis. Publisher Mitra Das, 121/A, Bipin Behari Ganguly Street, Calcutta 700012, India, 1981. 176 + xxvii pages, U.S. $28.00. Available in U.S.A. and Canada from Dr. G.K. Das, P.O. Box 718, Station B, Ottawa, Canada, KIP 5P8.
This book is a well-written introduction to photosynthesis for university teachers and students, and research scientists who wish to grasp quickly an understanding of this vital process. It is divided into 3 parts. Part I, "Fundamentals of photosynthesis", consisting of 9 short chapters is a concise presentation of the basic facts of photosynthesis including the chloroplast and its pigments, the two photosystems, electron transport, photophosphorylation and CO2 fixation. Part II, "Controlling factors, genetic role, and bacterial photosynthesis", consists of 3 chapters. The first (Chapter 10) is concerned with the factors affecting higher plant photosynthesis and to this point the book differs from equivalent chapters in textbooks on plant physiology mainly in added details: for example, four pages are devoted to the Mitchell hypothesis of ATP synthesis and the significance of C4 metabolism, photorespiration, and glycolate metabolism occupies 12 pages. The author employs extensive cross-referencing as a teaching device. Chapter 11 on genetic control of chloroplast assembly and chlorophyll biosynthesis introduces a current emphasis of research and Chapter 12 adds bacterial photosynthesis usually left out of plant physiology texts. Part II, "Applied aspects of photosynthesis", is a departure from tradition for books of this sort. The discussion of photosynthesis in relation to nitrogen metabolism (Chapter 13) and fruit development (Chapter 14) is of special interest to students of crop science, and is not included in either of the two short books on photosynthesis, one by Devlin and Barker, the other by Fogg, with which this one is otherwise more or less comparable. In summary, this book is recommended as a convenient and attractive up-to-date summary of photosynthesis, and, through the 22 page bibliography, conveniently separated into books, reviews, and journal references, as initiation to the extensive literature. The book itself is attractively assembled although somewhat marred by the inevitable printer's errors, most of which the author has painstakingly corrected by hand. The text is liberally endowed with diagrams of pathways and chemical structures, and 13 plates of EM pictures, many of them the author's own, are a useful addition.
C. Nozzolillo, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa
Crum, Howard A. and Louis E. Anderson. Mosses of Eastern North America. 2 Vols. Columbia University Press, 565 West 113th St., New York, NY 10025, 1981. 1328 p., illus. ISBN 0-231-04516-6. $60.00.
Major floras appear only once in a generation or less and thus deserve particular notice. This new moss flora is such a replacement for the Moss Flora of North America edited by A. J: Grout (1928-1936) which has been found to be less than adequate by contemporary bryologists. The authors are experienced experts on mosses who teach and have first-hand knowledge of the region. Their stated conservative approach to taxa is pragmatic and suited for those wishing to use the flora for plant identification. It is a traditional detailed flora with familial and generic keys (including some to strictly gametophytic plants), descriptions, distributional and habitat data, cited exsiccati, and good line illustrations at various magnifications. The user needs some knowledge of mosses before initial use because the introductory entry to families is a phylogenetic synopsis rather than a traditional key. The region covered is the Eastern Deciduous Forest, Peninsular Florida, the Central Prairies, and the Hudson Bay lowlands; however, some species of the Boreal Forest and Rocky Mountain Region are included. This is a significant work that will be essential for any serious study of mosses and any library with botanical holdings. Users, whether bryologists or not, will find a mine of information about moss morphology, distribution and habitats, taxonomic history, interpretation, and literature. It is truly a flora for our generation at a reasonable price.
Emanuel D. Rudolph, The Ohio State University
RECENT BOTANICAL BOOKS
Margulis, Lynn and Karlene V. Schwartz. Five Kingdoms; An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth. W. H. Freeman and Co., 660 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94104, 1982. 338 p., illus. ISBN 0-7167-1212-1 cloth; 0-7167-1213-X paper. $24.95 cloth.
(The world of living organisms is divided into five kingdoms; Monera, Protoctista, Fungi, Animalia, and Plantae, and each is subdivided into phyla that are arranged in an order from the simplest to the most complex and illustrated with examples of organisms, well pictured and habitats indicated.)
Mierhof, Annette. The Dried Flower Book; Growing, Picking, Drying, Arranging. Elsevier-Dutton Publishing Co., 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016, 1981. 96 p., illus. ISBN 0-525-09573-X cloth; 0-525-47700-4 paper. $26.00 cloth; $13.50 paper. (A practical book with delicate color drawings by Marijke den Boer-Vlamings that gives information about particular plants useful for drying.)
Olien, C. R. and M. N. Smith, eds. Analysis and Improvement of Plant Cold Hardiness. CRC Press, 2000 N.W. 24th St., Boca Raton, FL 33431, 1981. 215 p., illus. ISBN 0-8493-5397-1. $59.95. (A mix of papers dealing with the theory, practice, and experimental results of hardiness, mostly in winter cereals, provides an important summary of current knowledge which could lead to better management practice.)
Radford, Albert E., Deborah Kay Strady Otte, Lee J. Otte, Jimmy R. Massey, Paul D. Whitson, and Contributors. Natural Heritage; Classification, Inventory, and Information. University of North Carolina Press, Box 2288, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, 1981. xxi + 485 p., ISBN 0-8078-1463-6. $25.00. (A holistic approach to the inventorying of natural areas using ecological principles and giving actual examples of prepared reports which should be useful to those involved in such surveys.)
Rentoul, J. N. Growing Orchids, Cymbidiums and Slippers. University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA 98105, 1980. 172 p., illus. ISBN 0-295-95839-1. $29.95. (A well-illustrated guide to the history of and methods of cultivation of these orchids with color pictures of many species and hybrids.)
Rose, D. A. and D. A. Charles-Edwards, eds. Mathematics and Plant Physiology. Academic Press, 24-28 Oval Rd., London NW1 7DX, England, 1981. xviii + 320 p., illus. ISBN 0-12-596880-9. $69.00. (This volume, in the Experimental Botany series of monographs devoted to papers presented at a symposium in 1980 of the Crop Science Model Builders' Group of the Agricultural Research Council, considers mathematical approaches and models applied to processes at the cell and organ levels, at the plant and crop levels, and to techniques of modeling.)
Sullivan, Gene A. and Richard H. Daley, comps. Directory to Resources on Wildflower Propagation. National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc., 4401 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, MO 63166. 1981. 331 p. paper. $3.00. (Arranged by the 6 regions of Rickett's Wildflowers of the United States, this guide for potential roadside wildflower plantings is arranged in each region by flower, with information about propagation and habitat, with lists of researchers knowledgeable about each species, and with selected references.)
Synge, Hugh, ed. The Biological Aspects of Rare Plant Conservation. John Wiley and Sons, One Wiley Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873, 1981. xxvii + 558 p., illus. ISBN 0-471-28004-6. $71.50. (A mix of conference papers considers different countries' programs, surveys, assessments, and problems, including those of tropical forests; the ecology of rarity, establishment and reestablishment is provided by theory and practice papers some of which should be read by all conservationists; and a bibliography of Red Data Books and threatened plant lists of various countries together with a description of the IUCN Red Data Book categories form useful appendices.)
Swain, Roger B. Earthly Pleasures; Tales from a Biologist's Garden. Charles Scribner's Sons, 597 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017, 1981. 198 p.. illus. ISBN 0-684-16657-7. $10.95. (A series of informative and well written essays, many for the general reader, and delightfully illustrated by Laszlo Kubinyi.)
Turian, G. and H. R. Hohl, eds. The Fungal Spore: Morphogenetic Controls. Academic Press Inc., 24-28 Oval Rd., London NW1 7DX, England, 1981. xiii + 670 p., illus. ISBN 0-12-703680-6. $67.00. (The proceedings of the Third International Fungal Spore Symposium held in Switzerland in 1980 has papers that concentrate on ultra-structural morphogenesis and controls, from the gene level to those of the environment, in the initiation, formation and germination of spores of the major fungal groups.)
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Directory of Agricultural Research Collections in the United States. Available free from: Executive Secretary, Joint Council on Food and
Agricultural Sciences, USDA, Room 351-A, Administration Building, 14th and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250, 1981. 56 p. paper. (Almost half of the described collections are of plants and fungi.)
Wade, L. K. Phenology of Cultivated Rhododendrons in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. ISBS, Inc., P.O. Box 1632, Beaverton, OR 97075, 1979. vii + 225 p. ISSN 0703-1432 paper. $8.25. (Phenological data on every cultivated species and hybrids growing in different parts of British Columbia.)
Ayres, P. G., ed. Effects of Disease on the Physiology of the Growing Plant. Cambridge University Press, 32 East 57th St., New York, NY 10022, 1982. ix + 228 p., illus. ISBN 0-521-23306-2 cloth, 0-521-29898-9 paper. No prices given. (Proceedings of a seminar of the Society for Experimental Biology held in London in 1980 provides information that relates plant pathology to plant physiology and indicates the considerable practical importance of such an approach.)
Brooker, S. G., R. C. Cambie and R. C. Cooper. New Zealand Medicinal Plants. Heinemann publishers (N.Z.) Ltd., P.O. Box 36004, Auckland 9, New Zealand, 1981. 117 p., illus. ISBN 0-86863-382-8. $29.00 (U.S.). (A second improved edition, the first was a handbook of the Auckland War Memorial Museum in 1961, considers all the native and introduced plants that have been reported to have been used medicinally providing for each an illustration, usually in color, and information about Maori or European uses and pharmacological chemistry.)
Dean, H. L. Biology of Plants Laboratory Exercises. 5th ed. William C. Brown Co., 2460 Kerper Blvd., Dubuque, IA 52001, 1982. xi + 274 p., illus. ISBN 0-697-04708-3. No price given. (A new edition of a manual for a two semester course that has rewritten exercise introductions and updated terminology.)
Dibben, Martyn J. The Chemosystematics of the Lichen Genus Pertusaria in North America North of Mexico. Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 West Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53233, Publications in Biology and Geology no. 5, July 28, 1980. iv + 162 p. ISBN 0-89326-036-3 paper. $22.50. (A fine monograph of the North American species of a common worldwide crustose lichen genus, which uses modern techniques and provides detailed descriptions, good keys, maps and illustrations and is one of the few recent treatments of microlichens.)
Estes, James R., Ronald J. Tyrl and Jere N. Brunken, eds. Grasses and Grasslands, Systematics and Ecology. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK 73019, 1982. 312 p., illus . ISBN 0-8061-1778-8 paper. $12.50. (The proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the Ecological Society of America and the Botanical Society of America held at the AIBS annual meeting in 1979 provides a splendid introduction to current evolutionary thinking about the systematics and ecology of grasses and the communities in which they occur from the starting paper of G. L. Stebbins to the ending one of R. C. Anderson.)