PLANT SCIENCE BULLETIN
A Publication of the Botanical Society of America, Inc.
46(2), Summer, 2000
For Botanical Documentation: A Center for Science and History..............33
News from the Society
Endowment Fund Grows by Gift from Two Deceased Members......................38
M. Klein, 1923-1997; Deana Tarson Klein, 19XX - 1999..........................38
Botany 2000 - Section Program
In Memoriam: Ernst
Cleveland Abbe, 1905-2000..................................................40
Tharl Richard Fisher, 1921-2000.....................................................41
Symposia, Conferences, Meetings
Plants/C-Ferns: Dynamic Plants for Teaching and Investigating Biology Principles............................................................................................43
Biology of Small Populations.........................................................................44
on Scientific Basis for Participatory Improvement and Conservation of Crop Genetic Resources..........................................................44
Ecology & Conservation Symposium 2000...........................................45
Institute Offers Sesse & Mocino Book and CD-ROM for Special Price.......45
Academy of Sciences Coloquium on Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms........................................................................................47
Assistant Professor - Plant
Assistant Professor - Urban Landscape
Postdoctoral Positions - University
Lab Manager/Technician - New York Botanical Garden..................................49
American Women Needs Your Help......................................................49
Draft PhyloCode is now Available on the Internet..........................................50
Ecological History of European Forests.........................................................52
Ecology and Evolution in Compositae (Asteraceae)..............................52
Pattern Analysis in Plant Ecology...............................................................52
Soils: Applications and Practices................................................................54
Active Natural Products: Agrochemicals.............................................54
for the Garden.........................................................................................56
on Plants: Plant Physiology and University Life in Retrospect.........................57
Cretaceous and Cenozoic History of North American Vegetation..................57
on Seed Morphology.......................................................................58
of Papua New Guinea.............................................................................58
of New York in Color.......................................................................60
World of Catasetums.....................................................................................61
BSA Logo Items Available
from the Business Office......................................................64
BOTANICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
What would you include if you were asked to list some of the helpful
resources available in the United States to support botanical research?
Most of our lists would include major gardens such as the Missouri Botanical
Garden or the New York Botanical Garden. They would also include university
herbaria and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Government centers
and even private industrial research centers would make some peoples' lists.
But there is another gem, housed at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh,
that deserves wider recognition among botanists. This is an institution
that I knew about, but didn't know much about. I think many of you are
probably in a similar situation. For this reason I asked Angela Todd, of
the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, to submit the following
article to held educate some of us about the resources that are available
Institute for Botanical Documentation: A Center for Science and History
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division
of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, specializes
in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the
international scientific community through research and documentation.
To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections
of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides
publications and other modes of information service.
Hunt Institute was founded in 1961 as the Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt
Botanical Library, an international center for bibliographical research
and service in the interests of botany and horticulture, as well as a center
for the study of all aspects of the history of the plant sciences. By 1971,
the Hunt Botanical Library's activities had so diversified that the name
was changed to Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Growth in collections
and research projects led to the establishment of four programmatic departments:
Archives, Art, Bibliography, and the Library. The departments provide reference
services and make the research collections accessible to others. The collections
are available for on-site use by appointment and subject to restrictions
placed upon materials by donors or by the Institute. The current collections
include approximately 28,000 books; 24,000 portraits; 30,000 prints, drawings
and watercolors; and 2,000 autograph letters and manuscripts.
The Institute's Archives department acquires, documents and preserves
the evidence of past and present activities of individuals and institutions
in the development of plant science worldwide. The Archives includes materials
by and about botanists and others working in the plant sciences, including
horticulturists, ecologists, botanical artists, and botanical organizations.
The collection features citations of published biographical accounts; portraits
and field photos (such as Agnes Chase in 1920s Brazil ,below); curricula
vitae; manuscripts and letters; personal and institutional papers; records,
reports and journals of botanical societies; reprints of biographical articles;
and oral-history interviews.
One of the special collections housed in the Archives department is
the papers and library of Michel Adanson, consisting of annotated books,
letters, manuscripts, certificates, official documents, drawings, and maps
by Adanson, his plate collection, herbarium specimens, portraits, and "objets
A detailed synopsis of holdings in the Archives, Guide to the Botanical
Records and Papers in the Archives of the Hunt Institute, is being
published in parts and is currently done through Part 3, G_H. Catalogue
of Portraits of Naturalists, Mostly Botanists, in the Collections of the
Hunt Institute, The Linnean Society of London, and the Conservatoire et
Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève is also being published
in parts and is currently done through Part 3, E_H. For further information
about Archives' holdings or to place requests, please contact Assistant
Archivist Angela Todd at 412-268-2437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art department holdings include over 30,000 original paintings
(mostly 20th-century watercolors), drawings and original prints dating
from the Renaissance to the present. These holdings constitute one of the
world's largest collections of botanical art and illustration. The department
serves as an international center for the study of botanical art and illustration,
acting as a repository for botanical artworks, providing information on
artists working with plant themes and worldwide holdings of botanical art,
and organizing and staging exhibitions. The department also offers ready-to-hang
traveling exhibitions to museums, schools, botanical gardens and other
The special collections housed in the Art Department include the Ann
Ophelia Todd Dowden Collection, the Hitchcock-Chase Collection, the Torner
Collection of Sessé and Mociño Biological Illustrations (see
below for a reproduction from this collection), and the U.S.D.A. Forest
The art collection is fully catalogued, and the whole catalogue is in
machine-readable form. A consolidated printed catalogue of our botanical
artworks, titled Catalogue of the Botanical Art Collection at the Hunt
Institute, has been published in nine parts. For further information
about the Art Department, please contact Curator of Art James J. White
at 412-268-2440 or email@example.com.
The Institute's Bibliography department identifies, locates and examines
the literature of the plant sciences to make records of essential information
from which bibliographical tools can be created and published. These records
enable the plant scientist, historian, plant utilizer, educator or general
reader to retrieve and exploit the intellectual content of the literature.
The Bibliography department utilizes published bibliographies (such
as Blanche Henrey's, see below), and maintains comprehensive data files
on the history and bibliography of botanical
literature. Data files include the following: title-list of all life-sciences
periodicals that include botanical literature; author-arranged bibliographical
files of plant-science books and periodical articles published in the period
1730_1840; author-arranged file of references to contemporary reviews and
announcements of plant-science books published in the period 1730_1840;
bibliography of secondary literature relating to life-sciences periodicals;
bibliography of reference literature on the plant sciences; bibliography
of the instructive literature on natural-history illustration (including
photography), 1450-present; directory of natural-history manuscript, library
and graphics resources in North American institutions; index to information
about the preservation or dispersal of past naturalists' personal libraries;
historical directory of graphic-arts printing firms and related specialists
working in the British Isles, 1750_1900; biographical index to printmakers
working in the British Isles 1750_1900.
Among the bibliographies prepared from our files is the recent B-P-H/S,
a supplement to Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum (out-of-print). A
fully revised second edition of B-P-H is in preparation. For information
about the Bibliography Department, contact Bibliographer Gavin Bridson
at 412-268-2438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library identifies, acquires, conserves, catalogues, and provides
access to published materials relating to botany and its history, with
an emphasis on systematics. Known for its collection of historical works
on botany, the Library is a non-circulating research collection consulted
by the Institute's staff, visiting scholars and the public. The collection
features botanical publications that date from the late 1400s and focuses
on the development of botany as a science and includes modern taxonomic
monographs, floristic works and serial titles in the plant sciences. Highlights
of the collection include: early herbals and taxonomic works; early horticultural
works; color-plate books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries; accounts
of travel and exploration relating to plant discovery.
The special collections maintained by the Library include the Strandell
Collection of Linnaeana, a collection of some 3,500 books documenting the
impact of the work of Carl Linnaeus on the history of botany and biology
and including the works of Linnaeus and his students; and the Michel Adanson
Library, which includes 127 books used and annotated by the 18th-century
naturalist as he developed his theories and his botanical classification
system (see below). Approximately 70% of the Library's catalogue records
are available online, with additional records being added weekly. The Carnegie
Mellon University Libraries' online catalogue <cameo.library.cmu.edu>
contains records from all of Carnegie Mellon's campus libraries, including
those of Hunt Institute. For information about the Library holdings, contact
Librarian Charlotte Tancin at 412-268-7301 or email@example.com.
Major involvement in the Flora of North America (FNA) project is a notable
component of the Institute's long-term research program. This binationally
collaborative endeavor has been undertaken by a consortium of 30 institutions
and hundreds of botanists. Flora of North America will comprise 30 volumes
when completed. Volumes 1 and 2 were published in 1993, Volume 3 in 1997,
and Volume 22 in 1999. The Flora includes scientific and common plant names,
illustrations, identification keys, descriptions, distribution maps and
other biological information. Until now, no single work has systematically
surveyed and classified the more than 20,000 plant species known to grow
on the continent north of Mexico. The Flora is an authoritative resource
for those working in the fields of conservation, agriculture, natural-resource
management, zoology, environmental assessment, and medical research, as
well as in botany itself.
For more information about the Flora of North America editorial center
at the Institute, please contact the Editorial Coordinator, Elizabeth Polen,
at (412) 268-4707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to know more about the FNA project in general, see the
FNA Web site, www.fna.org.
We invite those individuals who share the Institute's interests to join
our Associates program. Regular Members ($25.00 level) receive either the
current issue of Huntia, the Institute's journal of botanical history,
or the current art exhibition catalogue; Patrons ($100.00 level) receive
both. The benefits of membership include the following: a subscription
Bulletin, the Institute's newsletter; discounts on Institute
publications, cards, and reproductions; a page-charge waiver on articles
Huntia; invitations to exhibition preview receptions;
preferential eligibility for sale of duplicate books and unaccessioned
artworks; preferential query service; discounts on photocopying services;
and eligibility for staff volunteer program in curation and research.
For further information about Hunt Institute collections and publications,
please visit our Web site at huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu or contact the Institute
via telephone at 412-268-2434 or via mail at Hunt Institute for Botanical
Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890.
Compiled by Elizabeth Polen, Angela Todd, and Scarlett Townsend
Graphics by Frank A. Reynolds
Plant Science Bulletin
Published quarterly by Botanical Society of America, Inc., 1735 Neil
Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
The yearly subscription rate of $15 is included in the membership dues
of the Botanical Society of America, Inc. Periodical postage paid at Columbus,
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Address Editorial Matters (only) to:
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Plant Science Bulletin
Editorial Committee for Volume 46
Vicki A. Funk (2001)
Department of Botany
Washington, D.C. 20560
Ann E. Antlfinger (2002)
Univ. of Nebraska - Omaha
Omaha NE 681823
P. Mick Richardson (2000)
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166
Norman C. Ellstrand (2003)
Department of Botany and Plant Science
University of California
Riverside CA 92521-0124
James E. Mickle (2004)
Department of Botany
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7612
News from the Society
Endowment Fund Grows by Gift from Two Deceased Members
The BSA Financial Advisory Committee, charged with receiving and investing
gifts for the BSA Endowment Fund, received notice late last year that the
Society was to receive a major gift from the estate of the late Drs. Richard
and Deana Klein, long-time members of the Botanical Society of America.
Their contributions to the field of botany and the Society were numerous
and can be read about in more detail below. Suffice it to say their gift,
in excess of $200,000, sets an example for the entire Society membership
in understanding the depth of feeling that these two individuals had about
plants and about a Society whose mission is to promote all aspects of basic
plant biology. The Kleins' generous gift will be added to the ever-growing
Endowment Fund that already has begun to support Society initiatives determined
by the Executive Committee and Council. For information about how you can
contribute to the Society, contact by letter the BSA Business Office /
Endowment Fund, 1735 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1293; by phone (614)
292-3519; or by email email@example.com-
You will be put in contact with the Chair of the BSA Endowment Committee.
M. Klein 1923-1997; Deana Tarson Klein 19XX - 1999
Both Dick and Deana received Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees
from the University of Chicago. Dick, who served in the US Army Medical
Corps in Europe during WWII, received his Ph.D. in Botany and Biochemistry
in 1951 on nutrient influences on crown gall formation in tomato. Dean
received her Ph.D. in Botany in 1952 for work on the nutrition and distribution
After several years in New York City (Dick worked as Asst, Assoc., then
A.H. Caspary Curator at the New York Botanical Gardens), they moved to
Vermont. Dick accepted a position as Professor of Botany at the University
of Vermont, while Deana was appointed to the faculty at St. Michael's College.
Both taught and conducted research in Plant Physiology. During the course
of their careers, they served as advisors and mentors to hundreds of undergraduates
and dozens of graduate students.
Together and separately they published in both the popular and scientific
press on a wide variety of biological science topics (fromphotobiology
to forest decline), amassing over 200 publications during their lifetimes.
Dick authored or coauthored several books, including „Discovering Plants",
„Research Methods in Plant Science", and „The Green World." Together they
authored „Fundamentals of Plant Science." Dick and Deana were active a
number of professional societies, particularly the Botanical Society of
America and the American Society of Plant Physiologists and served on numerous
review committee and editorial review boards. Dick served as editor of
Science Bulletin from 1975-1980. Deana achieved the rank of Professor
Emerita in 1991, and Dick was appointed Professor Emeritus in 1992. They
continued to be active even in retirement, finishing manuscripts and investigating
subjects of interest.
Dick and Deana enjoyed nature which they experienced through travel,
gardening/bonsai, hiking and snowshoeing, and bird-watching. They were
spectators and supporters of the theater and ballet. Richard M. Klein passed
away after a brief illness in 1997(see PSB Vol 43(3):103). Deana T. Klein
died suddenly in 1999. They were married for 50 years. They had no children.
-Tim Perkins, University of Vermont.
Young Botanist Awards
Certificate of Special Achievement
Brian Barringer University of California, Davis
Jill Brown Ohio University
Jeremiah Busch University of Chicago
Erica Carlson Ohio University
Jennifer Dean Ohio University
Sarah Emery Denison University
Susan Emmert S. Illinois Univ., Carbondale
Cheryl Hackworth Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Karen Hayden University of Tennessee
Thomas H. Johnson S. Illinois Univ., Carbondale
Angela Kerber Eastern Illinois University
Jessica R. Lucas S. Illinois Univ., Carbondale
Yimei Lin Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Steven McGreevy Saint John's University
Terry Miller S. Illinois Univ., Carbondale
Kristi Niehaus Salisbury State University
Stephen Ratzel Ohio University
Madeline Segert S. Illinois Univ., Carbondale
Anne Senters Washington State University
Brent Todd Eastern Illinois University
Peter Voth University of California, Davis
Sarah Wilhoite Miami University
Sean Whitcomb S. Illinois Univ., Carbondale
Certificate of Recognition
Nicholas Asselin Connecticut College
Karen Balkey Miami University
Rebekah Grassl Connecticut College
Tracy Harrison Miama University
Marisa Heath California State Univ., Chico
Drew Johnson California State Univ, Chico
Lauren Magee Miami University
Jenna Malarkey Hill Oregon State University
Patrick Paumier University of California, Davis
Holly Sebby S. Illinois Univ., Carbondale
Sumer Seiki University of California, Davis
Kristin Skinner Oregon State University
Andrew Wagner Miami University
Oregon Convention Center
6-10 August, 2000 Portland, OR
SECTION PROGRAM CHAIRS
See the BSA web site http://www.botany.org/or
contact the appropriate section chair below for additional meeting information.
BRYOLOGICAL AND LICHENOLOGICAL SECTION _ ABLS
William R. Buck, Institute of Systematic Botany, New York Botanical
Garden, Bronx, NY 10458-5126. Tele: (718) 817-8624, Fax: (718) 562-6780,
DEVELOPMENTAL AND STRUCTURAL SECTION
Elizabeth M. Harris, Ohio State University Herbarium, Museum of Biological
Diversity, 1315 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212. Tele: (614) 292-3296,
Fax: (614) 292-3009, E-mail:
Massimo Pigliucci, Department of Botany, University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
TN 37996-1100. Tele: (423) 974-6221, Fax: (423) 974-2258, E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
ECONOMIC BOTANY SECTION
Felix G. Coe, Tennessee Technological University, Department of Biology,
Box 5063, Cookeville, TN 38505- 0001. Tele: (931) 372-6257, Fax: (931)
372-6257, E-mail: <email@example.com>.
Jeri Higginbotham, Division of Natural Sciences, Transylvania University,
Lexington, KY 40508-1797. Tele: (606) 233-8241, Fax: (606) 233-8171, Email:
Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, Department of History, 4131 Turlington
Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7320. Tele: (352) 392-0271,
Fax: (352) 392-6927, E-Mail:
David S. Hibbett, Department of Biology, Clark University, 950 Main
Street, Worcester, MA 01610-1477. Fax: (508) 793-8861, E-Mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Steven R. Manchester, Florida Museum of Natural History, Department
of Natural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7800.
Tele: (352) 392-6564, Fax: (352) 846-0287, E-mail: <email@example.com>.
Jeffrey R. Johansen, Department of Biology, John Carroll University,
University Heights, OH 44118. Tele: (216) 397-4487, Fax: (216) 397-4482,
Denise M. Seliskar, Halophyte Biotechnology Center, College of Marine
Studies, University of Delaware, 700 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE 19958. Tele:
(302) 645-4366, Fax: (302) 645-4028,
Emanuel L. Johnson, USDA ARS WSL, Building 001, Room 329 BARC-W, 10300
Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705-2350. Tele: (301) 504-5323, Fax: (301)
PTERIDOLOGICAL SECTION _ AFS
Thomas A. Ranker, Department of EPO Biology, Campus Box 350, University
of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0350. Tele: (303) 492-5074, Fax: (303) 492-8699,
Sterling C. Keeley, Department of Botany, University of Hawaii, 3190
Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822. Tele: (808) 956-3930, Fax: (808) 956-3923,
Rob Reinsvold, Department of Biological Sciences, 501 20th Street,
University of NorthernColorado, Greeley, CO 80639. Tele: (970) 351-2716,
Fax: (970) 351-2335, E-mail:
TROPICAL BIOLOGY SECTION
Susanne Renner, Department of Biology, 8001 Natural Bridge Road, University
of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121-4499. Fax: (314) 516-6233, E-mail:
Ernst Cleveland Abbe,
Professor Abbe, Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Minnesota,
died March 15, 2000. He was born August 21, 1905 in Washington, D.C. and
earned his B.S. (1928) and Master's (1930) degrees from Cornell University,
the latter under the tutelage of A.J. Eames. In the same year he married
Lucy Elizabeth Boothroyd. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard
University in 1934, under the mentorship of R.H. Wetmore. After a National
Research Council Fellowship with Sinnott at Columbia, he moved to a faculty
position at the University of Minnesota where he was a member of the Botany
Department until he retired in 1974. Twice during his tenure, 1944-47 and
1962-67, he served as Department Chairman. During his tenure at the University,
he made a lasting impact on science teaching, scientific research and administration
in the state. He was active in the Minnesota Chapter of Sigma Xi, serving
as president in 1947-48, and encouraged his students to become active members.
In 1982 he received the Chapter's "Distinguished Service Award." He was
instrumental in revitalizing the Minnesota Academy of Science, in which
he served as vice-president (1951-52) and president (1952-53). The Abbe
laboratory was always well represented at Academy meetings; all of his
students, from Bernie Phinney and Otto Stein in the 1940's through Martin
Goffinet and Marsh Sundberg in the 1970's "cut their professional teeth"
at the Minnesota Academy of Science.
Abbe's early research was on inflorescence and floral anatomy of the
Betulaceae. Through the 1940's and 50's he turned his attention to
the maize plant and more than 25 papers and articles on maize morphogenesis
flowed from the laboratory. Many of these were investigations of the role
of various mutants in altering developmental patterns. Later he returned
to comparative studies of amentiferous taxa, particularly the Myricaceae.
His last major publication was "Flowers and inflorescences of the `Amentiferae'"
Botanical Review 40(2):159-261, 1974. During his career he was the recipient
of a number of awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship at Harvard University
(1941-42) and a Fullbright Professorship at the University of Singapore
(1961-62). He participated in the Grenfell-Forbes Northern Labradore Expedition,
1931; the University of Minnesota Expedition to Hudson Bay, 1939; an expedition
to Mt. Kinabalu on Borneo, 1962; and expeditions to Malaysia in 1959-60
and 1964. He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
Following retirement he remained active in research and mentoring and
could be found
daily in the now Plant Biology Department into the early 1990's. Dr.
Abbe contributed his extensive preserved plant collections to the University
of Minnesota Herbarium and was instrumental in expanding it into an important
regional and international collection within the Department.
Dr. Abbe is survived by a sister, Elfriede Abbe of Manchester Center,
VT; two sons, Robert C. Abbe of Newton, MA and David C. Abbe of San Diego,
CA; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts whould
be made to the Ernst C. and Lucy B. Abbe Scholarship, College of Biological
Sciences, at the University of Minnesota.
-Marsh Sundberg, Emporia State University
Tharl Richard Fisher.
1921 - 2000.
T. Richard Fisher, age 78, plant taxonomist specializing in Heliopsis,
Siliphium and other related genera of the Compositae, died from a heart
attach 11 February 2000, in Queenstown, New Zealand. He was on a three-week
vacation trip with his wife, Charlotte, and 36 other mostly senior citizens
as a group touring New Zealand and Australia. Dick Fisher was a vibrant,
energetic, and friendly individual who loved plants. He imparted that genuine
enthusiasm to his general botany and horticulture classroom students, a
large number of whom decided to pursue a major in botany or horticulture,
and who then continued with related life careers. Some of them became professional
botanists teaching at the college or university level.
Born 23 December, 1921, in Brownstown, Illinois, Fisher graduated from
nearby Vandalia High School in Vandalia. While serving in the U.S. Army
during World War II, he was stationed on the Philippine Islands. Concentrating
his studies in botany, zoology, and physical education, Fisher received
a B.E. at Eastern Illinois State (now University) Teachers College (1947),
taught high school biology and physical education in Stockton, Illinois
(1947-1950), and earned the Ph.D. in botany at Indiana University (1954).
His dissertation was on the systematics of the genus Heliopsis (Compositae)
completed under the guidance of Charles B. Heiser, Jr. and published in
the Ohio Journal of Science (57:171-191). Fisher held teaching and
research professorships at Appalachian State Teachers College (now University)
in Boone, North Carolina (1954-1956), The Ohio State University (1965-1968),
and Bowling Green State University, Ohio (1968-1988).
Dick Fisher was hired as an instructor in botany at The Ohio State University
to develop an active graduate-level program in plant systematics, designing
new courses to teach and receiving federal grants to support research.
During the twelve years at OSU, he advanced to full professor in eight
years. Eight M.S. and eight Ph.D. degrees were earned by 13 students under
his advisorship, and in 1965 he made possible the hiring of Ronald L. Stuckey,
an additional faculty member, into the program. He designed a course in
field botany that he taught for twelve summers from 1957 to 1975 at the
University's F.T. Stone Laboratory, Put-in-Bay. As a past member of the
American Society of Plant Taxonomists, he served as the Society's local
host when the organization held its annual meeting with the American Institute
of Biological Sciences at The Ohio State University (1968).
Fisher was selected in 1968 as chairperson to develop the graduate program
in the Department of Biology at Bowling Green State University, Bowling
Green, Ohio. Among his many accomplishments was the preparation of the
documentation resulting in accreditation to the University to grant the
Ph.D. degree in the Biological Sciences. Following resignation of the chairperson
position in 1974, he continued as a faculty member designing and teaching
courses in horticulture until retirement in 1983, when he was named Professor
Emeritus of Biology. He continued teaching part-time there until 1988.
While at Bowling Green, Fisher served as an advisor and member of the
Board of Trustees of the non-profit Schedel Foundation, which now maintains
a 17-acre public Arboretum and Garden, about 22 miles northeast of Bowling
Green at Elmore, Ohio. In 1989, Fisher was named the Arboretum's first
executive director, serving until 1998. During that time he vastly improved
the facility, making it a garden show place that attracted large numbers
of visitors and organizations from throughout northwestern Ohio and elsewhere.
An avid gardener, Dick had his own garden and greenhouse in Bowling
Green, where for twenty years he persistently worked toward developing
a special chrysanthemum that would bloom earlier and thought a "full season."
Fisher wrote two books: A laboratory manual, Introduction to Horticulture,
T.I.S., Bloomington, IN (1978, Rev. 1979), and the Vascular Flora of
Ohio: Asteraceae (Compositae), a project of the Ohio Academy of Science,
published by The Ohio State University Press (1988). In 1997, he was a
recipient of the Herbert Osborn Award in recognition of his contribution
to the knowledge of the vascular flora of Ohio, presented by the Ohio Biological
T. Richard Fisher is survived by his wife,
Charlotte Mary (Greene) Fisher of 56 years, two sons, Michael and Jonathan,
two daughters, Ann (Fisher) Otley and Mary (Fisher) Kirk, and eight grandchildren.
Since 1957, the family has maintained a summer home at Lake Erie on South
Bass Island at Put-in-Bay, and since about the mid-1980s, they have lived
in a winter home in North Fort Myers, Florida. Memorials may be made to
the T. Richard Fisher Scholarship Fund at BGSU, the Schedel Arboretum and
Gardens, or the Lake Erie Island Historical Society. A memorial service
was held at the Schedel Arboretum in Elmore, 21 May, 2000.
-Ronald L. Stuckey, The Ohio State University
The New York Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that Gery Allen,
currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics,
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
D.C., is the recipient of the Rupert Barneby Award for the year
2000. Dr. Allen will be studying the phylogenetic systematics of Lotus
(Fabaceae) and other genera of the Loteae (Faboideae).
The New York Botanical Garden now invites applications for the Rupert
Barneby Award for the year 2001. The award of US$1000.00 is to assist
researchers to visit The New York Botanical Garden to study the rich collection
of Leguminosae. Anyone interested in applying for the award should submit
their curriculum vitae, a detailed letter describing the project for which
the award is sought, and the names of 2-3 referees. Travel to the NYBG
should be planned for sometime in the year 2001. The application should
be addressed to Dr. James L. Luteyn, Institute of Systematic Botany, The
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 10458-5126 USA, and be received no
later than December 1, 2000. Announcement of the recipient will be made
by December 15th.
Anyone interested in making a contribution to The Rupert Barneby
Fund in Legume Systematics, which supports this award, may send their
check, payable to The New York Botanical Garden, to Dr. Luteyn.
Symposia, Conferences, MeetingsFast
Plants for Teaching and Investigating Biology Principles
Inquiry and HandsOn Workshop For
Middle/High School Biology Teachers
Ferris State University
August 1619, 2000
Fast Plants and C-Fern are Instructor and User Friendly
Fast Plants and C-Fern are unique teaching tools for middle and high
school biology teachers. Their unique features make them easy to grow and
maintain in the classroom They are excellent systems for inquirybased instruction
and student initiated research.
Learn From the Experts who Helped Develop these Unique Plant Systems!
Paul Williams,University of Wisconsin and developer of Fast Plants,
and Stephenie Baxter, C-FernProject, University of Tennessee will travel
to Michigan to show you how to establish and maintain these plants, and
then guide you through a series of lab activities that you can easily use
in the classroom to liven up and improve your science teaching. Don't miss
this unique opportunity to learn from the experts who developed these plants
to meet the needs of biology teachers for addressing the national Science
Education Standards.inquiry, for implementing handson activities, and for
addressing the national Science Education Standards.
Major in One, Learn About the Other
Participants will register for a 3-day workshop in either Fast Plants
or C-Fern, but will have opportunities to explore both systems during several
Resources are Readily Available
Plants/spores, culture supplies, educational kits and manuals are available
through Carolina Biological Supply Company. The C-Fern (http://cfern.bio.utk.edu/)
and Fast Plants (http://www.fastplants.org/
) web site contains information that instructors and students can use,
including: background information, general culture and manipulation instructions,
a photo gallery and examples of research questions.
Fast Plants Workshop
Experience Fast Plants as a vehicle for modeling inquiry, for implementing
hands-onn activities, and for addressing the national Science Education
Standards. Explore the life cycle by measuring the impact of environment
on plant growth, development and reproduction. Investigate the relationship
of variation, selection and inheritance among individuals and populations.
Learn friendly and engaging ways of introducing genetic principles which
are adaptable for various grade levels. Ease into the variation and diversity
of the plant kingdom. Explore tropisms for gravity and microgravity situations.
And wrap up everything in the genre of Bottle Biology. Participants will
construct the versatile Plant Light House your own lowcost environmental
chamber, and receive a manual that includes model lab activities, instructions
for growing and maintaining, and resource information.
C-Fern, a specially derived strain of the tropical homosporous fern
Ceratopteris richardii, offers a dynamic approach to teaching many
basic aspects of biology. Students can explore general biology, cell biology,
genetics and ecology using handson activities, inquirybased investigations
and independent studentinitiated research. C-Fern has rapid gametophyte
and early sporophyte development which allow for investigations that can
be completed typically within a two week period. All phases of gametophyte
growth and differentiation, fertilization, embryo development and sporophyte
growth can be easily observed using low power microscopy. The rapid development,
compact growth and simple, inexpensive culture requirements make C-Fernan excellent research organism that is both instructor and studentfriendly!
Participants in the C-Fern workshop will learn how to prepare cultures,
complete investigations and analyze data involving gametophyte and sporophyte
development, germination, fertilization, chemotaxis and mono and dihybrid
crosses. Wild type and mutant cultures at various stages of development
will be available for observation and experimentation. A wide variety of
mutant strains are available, ranging from striking visual types like polka
dot to developmental mutants and types resistant to environmental stresses
from agents such as herbicides and salt. Students can use readily visible
C-Fern sperm for controlled crosses between various strains or to demonstrate
chemotaxis and fertilization. Large numbers of individuals can be cultured
in a very small space. This allows students to work with populations and
to obtain large quantitative data sets (e.g., growth rate, germination
rate, population sex ratio). Participants will receive a C-Fern Manual,
basic culture supplies and will `make and take' a CFern Growth Pod which
allows easy maintenance of cultures.
Location: Science Building, 2nd Floor, Ferris State University,
Big Rapids, MI
Lodging: A block of rooms at a special rate of $50 per night
plus tax for workshop participants is available at the Super 8 Motel, located
just a few blocks from FSU campus. Please call 231.796.1588 and indicate
you are attending a workshop at FSU.
Registration Fee $425 (Eligible under local Eisenhower Funds)
Wednesday, August 16, 1:00 p.m. to Saturday, August 19, 12 noon. Fee covers
food (except Friday evening), manuals and lab supplies. Graduate credit
available: 1 or 2 semester hours$230 per hour. The workshop is consistent
with the Michigan Standards and Benchmarks which are directly related to
the Michigan Core Curriculum, and Michigan's Essential Goals and Objectives
for Science Education in K12. SBCEU's will be available at no charge.
Registration Deadline: June 16, 2000
The number of participants is limited for this special workshop!
Participants are encouraged to send ASAP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax 231.591.2540 their intent to register (indicate either Fast Plants
or C-Fern) before mailing their completed registration form and fee.
For additional information, telephone Jim Hoerter at 231.591.2550 or
Register early! A letter of confirmation and map will be sent upon receipt
of paid registration. Please submit one registration form per person. Tuition
is nonrefundable after the registration deadline date of June 16 but may
be transferred to another person. All refund requests prior to the deadline
date will be given minus a $25 administrative fee. Ferris State University
reserves the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment.
The Biology of Small Populations
A Symposium to be held Friday, September 15, 2000 at the Chicago Botanic
Many plant populations are rapidly dwindling in size due to several
factors including habitat loss, fragmentation, over-harvesting, and competition
with exotic species. As populations get smaller, they are more vulnerable
to genetic problems such as inbreeding and drift, demographic uncertainty,
and environmental variation or catastrophe. These factors tend to reduce
populations size further and ultimately can drive the population to extinction.
This symposium will address several of these phenomena in small populations,
as well as the issues involved in small population management. Speakers
include: Kent Holsinger, Martha Groom, Leonard Nunney, Peggy Fiedler, Stephen
Hendrix, and Sue Gawler.
To be added to the mailing list or for information, please contact:
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
on Scientific Basis for Participatory Improvement and Conservation of Crop
October 8-14, 2000. Oaxtepec, Morelos, Mexico.
Contact: Dr. Adi Damania, Symposium Facilitator, Genetic Resources Conservation
Program, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8602, USA. Tel: +1-530-754-8506.
Fax: +1-530-754-8505. E-mail: email@example.com
Ecology & Conservation Symposium 2000
November 9 11, 2000
Co-sponsored by Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
and Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, Inc.
Purposes of the Symposium:
-Bring together researchers, educators and conservationists
with knowledge of and concern for Piedmont ecosystems.
-Facilitate the dissemination of scientific knowledge
and information about conservation issues relevant to the Piedmont.
-Establish a forum for individuals and organizations
with interests in the Piedmont.
-Promote collaborative studies among researchers
and regional institutions.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. William Schlesinger, Professor of
Botany at Duke University and principal investigator for the Free Carbon
Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment in the Duke Forest, will present a
keynote address on Friday, November 10.
Papers & Posters:
Three paper sessions and a poster session will be provided.
For information on submission of proposals for papers and/or posters,
visit our information web page http://www.stowegarden.org/piedmont.htm.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Proposals are to be submitted by July 14, 2000.
To communicate with our symposium coordinator, contact Don Rhoades
by phone (704) 829-1257, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or fax (704) 829-1240.
Institute Offers Sessé & Mociño Book and CD-ROM for Special
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation is offering Rogers McVaugh's
Results of the Sessé & Mociño Expedition (1787_1803)
VII. A Guide to Relevant Scientific Names of Plants together with the
Collection of Sessé & Mociño Biological Illustrations
CD-ROM for a special price of $75.00. Pairing McVaugh's exhaustive accounting
of the approximately 7500 plant names relating to the Expedition with the
full-color digital reproductions of watercolor botanical drawings from
the Expedition provides scholars with the most comprehensive information
yet assembled about the botanical results of the Spanish Royal Botanica
Expedition to New Spain.
Botanical Results of the Sessé & Mociño Expedition
(1787_1803) VII. A Guide to Relevant Scientific Names of Plants. By
Rogers McVaugh. 2000. v, 626 pp. Cloth bound, $55.00. ISBN 0-913196-68-1.
This is an annotated list of about 7500 names of plants (mostly Latin
binomials) that have been generated during the last 200 years as a result
of the activities of an official Spanish expedition (devoted to natural
history) that began its work in Mexico in 1787 and closed out its work
in the New World in 1803. The relevant names, whether officially published
or existing only as manuscript names, are those that usefully can be documented
to some degree, in order that a researcher may hope to identify the plant
to which a name applies. Identification of the plants may be possible if
their original geographic source is known, if an associated carefully drawn
description, detailed illustration or a preserved specimen is available,
or from a combination of the above.
Documentation may consist of a reference to a specific locality associated
with the name, e.g., on a label with an herbarium specimen, or indirectly
by a reference to one of the more than 400 numbered illustrations (icones)
that were cited in the posthumous works of the Expedition's botanists,
published 1887_1894. A very important contribution to documentation is
the sum of the new names that have been based on the Expedition's materials
during the two centuries that have elapsed since the collections were returned
Scientifically the Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain was of extraordinary
potential importance. Before 1800 the scientists of the Expedition had
explored more widely in tropical and subtropical North America than any
previous European travelers of their ilk, and always with the primary aim
of producing a great new illustrated Flora Mexicana. If a summary account
of the Expedition had been published when the surviving scientists returned
to Europe, in the form they envisaged, it would have been a major contribution
to our knowledge of the plants of tropical America.
The botanical materials gathered by the Expedition in America over many
years, including descriptions, observations, illustrations, and herbarium
specimens, went their several ways in the early years of the 19th century.
The botanical community was scarcely aware of their existence, and even
then thought of them as disparate units, of some inherent scientific interest
but without any perceived relationship to the work of a real Expedition,
or to one another. The illustrations became relatively well known because
of the work of A. P. de Candolle and were commonly attributed to Mociño,
who had brought them to the attention of de Candolle. Many duplicate specimens
in Lambert's herbarium were studied and reported upon as from the herbarium
of Sessé & Mociño, but at the same time many exactly
equivalent specimens in other herbaria were being wrongly attributed to
Pavón. The connection between the illustrations (which were in de
Candolle's collection in Geneva) and the duplicate specimens distributed
by Pavón (which by 1845 had become dispersed to a number of herbaria)
was not well understood. The original herbarium of Sessé & Mociño,
with its thousands of named specimens, remained unstudied in Madrid until
after 1935. It was not generally realized until some years after the publication
of Plantae Novae Hispaniae and Flora Mexicana that these
works contained many hundreds, if not thousands of supposedly new names
(in fact it was not until these new names were listed in the standard indexes
to such names, 1929_1933). There has never been an effort to bring all
this material together, collate the data from different sources, and estimate
the scientific value of the whole.
In the closing years of the 20th century, almost every serious publication
on the taxonomy of Tropical American plants, or on the floristics of the
same region, began to include notice of these Sessé & Mociño
names and to cite them in publication, often erroneously or in doubt of
the history of the name, or of the proper identity of the associated plant
or its geographical origin. It is our hope
that this Guide will serve to answer many such questions, and enable
botanists to think of the Royal Botanical Expedition as the great enterprise
that it actually was, and one that is continuing to contribute mightily
to our knowledge of tropical American plants.
The Torner Collection of Sessé & Mociño Biological
Illustrations. CD-ROM. Catalogue compiled by James J. White, Rogers
McVaugh and Robert W. Kiger; Historical Introduction by Rogers McVaugh;
Photography, Digital Reproduction, and HTML by Frank A. Reynolds. Produced
by the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and The Universal Library;
Published by Carnegie Mellon CD Press. 1998. $40.00. ISBN 0-913196-60-6.
The CD-ROM contains 1,989 full-color digital reproductions of watercolor
drawings from the 1787_1803 Spanish Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain
in the collection of the Hunt Institute, with catalogue and historical
introduction. The CD-ROM is platform independent and requires a color monitor
and a Web browser, preferably version 4.0 or higher of Netscape Navigator
or Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Hunt Institute publications are available directly from the Institute.
The 25% discount for Hunt Institute Associates applies to this offer; the
quantity discount on purchases of five or more publications does not apply.
For a complete list of our publications, please visit our Web site at huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu.
To order these or other publications, please contact the Institute at
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
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ACADEMY OF SCIENCES COLLOQUIUM ON VARIATION AND EVOLUTION IN PLANTS
The papers presented at the NAS-sponsored Colloquium on Variation
and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms (January 27-29, 2000) will
be published by the National Academy Press as a book. The anticipated date
of publication is August 2000. The volume is expected to have about 300
pages. Cost will be $19.95 (paperback) or $49.95 (hardcover), plus handling
and shipping. Orders placed by June 30, 2000 can be obtained at the discount
price of $14.95 (paperback) or $39.95 (hardcover).
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Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms: Towards
a New Synthesis 50 Years after Stebbins
Francisco J. Ayala, Walter M. Fitch, and Michael T. Clegg, Editors
Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms: Towards a New
Synthesis 50 Years after Stebbins
Francisco J. Ayala, Walter M. Fitch, and Michael T. Clegg
1. Appreciation - Peter H. Raven
Early Evolution and the Origin of Cells
2. Solution to Darwin's Dilemma: Discovery of the Missing Precambrian
Record of Life - J. William Schopf
3. The Chimeric Eukaryote. Origin of the Nucleus from the Karyomastigont
in Amitochondriate Protists - Lynn Margulis, Michael F. Dolan, and Ricardo
4. Dynamic Evolution of Plant Mitochondrial Genomes: Mobile Genes and
Introns, and Highly Variable Mutation Rates - Jeffrey D. Palmer, Keith
L. Adams, Yangrae Cho, Christopher L. Parkinson, Yin-Long Qiu, and Keming
Viral and Bacterial Models
5. The Evolution of RNA Viruses: A Population Genetics View - Andrés
Moya, Santiago F. Elena, Alma Bracho, Rosario Miralles, and Eladio Barrio
6. Effects of Passage History and Sampling Bias on Phylogenetic Reconstruction
of Human Influenza A Evolution - Robin M. Bush, Catherine A. Bender,
Nancy J. Cox, and Walter M. Fitch
7. Bacteria are Different: Observations, Interpretations, Speculations,
and Opinions about the Mechanisms of Adaptive Evolution in Prokaryotes
- Bruce R. Levin and Carl T. Bergstrom
8. Evolution of RNA Editing in Trypanosome Mitochondria - Larry
Simpson, Otavio H. Thiemann, Nicholas J. Savill, Juan D. Alfonzo, and D.A.
9. Population Structure and Recent Evolution of Plasmodium falciparum
- Stephen M. Rich and Francisco J. Ayala
10. Transposons and Genome Evolution in Plants - Nina Fedoroff
11. Maize as a Model for the Evolution of Plant Nuclear Genomes - Brandon
S. Gaut, Maud Le Thierry d'Ennequin, Andrew S. Peek, and Mark C. Sawkins
12. Flower Color Variation: A Model for the Experimental Study of Evolution
- Michael T. Clegg and Mary L. Durbin
13. Gene Genealogies and Population Variation in Plants - Barbara
A. Schaal and Kenneth M. Olsen
Trends and Patterns in Plant Evolution
14. Toward a New Synthesis:firstname.lastname@example.org
Major Evolutionary Trends in the Angiosperm Fossil Record - David Dilcher
15. Reproductive Systems and Evolution in Vascular Plants - Kent
16. Hybridization as a Stimulus for the Evolution of Invasiveness in
Plants? - Norman C. Ellstrand and Kristina A. Schierenbeck
17. The Role of Genetic and Genomic Attributes in the Success of Polyploids
- Pamela S. Soltis and Douglas E. Soltis
G. Ledyard Stebbins, 1969
Asst. Professor -
Plant Molecular Systematics
The Department of Botany, North Carolina State University, invites
applications for a 12-month tenure track-track position as Assistant
Professor in the area of plant molecular systematics. This position
will be available August 1, 2000. We are seeking an individual to establish
an innovative, competitively funded research program that addresses fundamental
questions in evolution, ecology or biodiversity. Participation in the teaching
program, including one course in plant systematics, is expected. A Ph.D.
is required and postdoctoral research experience in plant systematics is
preferred. Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to participate
in multidisciplinary interactions are required.
The Department of Botany is the basic plant science department in the
NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and is a focal point for
several interdepartmental and interdisciplinary interactions. The staff
includes 16 tenured faculty, 18 research associates/postdoctorals, and
31 graduate students. Areas of research emphasis within the department
include cell and molecular biology, signal transduction, ethnobotany, paleobotany,
ecology, and functional genomics. The department houses a Phytotron and
Cell and Molecular Imaging Facility. Current extramural funding in the
department is approximately $10 M. Research space is available adjacent
to theHerbarium, which contains 125,000 specimens of vascular plants, mainly
representing North Carolina and the southeastern US. Other available facilities
include a genomics research laboratory, electron microscopy center, and
a variety of field research stations. The department is part of a Genomics
Program involving several academic departments. NCSU faculty also interact
extensively with colleagues at nearby UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University
through seminars and symposia, including those sponsored by the NCSU Consortium
for Plant Molecular Biology.
Applications received prior to June 15, 2000 will be assured of full
consideration, with review of applications continuing until the position
is filled. Interested persons should send a curriculum vita, statements
of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation
Dr. Niki Robertson, Chair
Plant Molecular Systematist Search Committee
Department of Botany, Box 7612
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7612
North Carolina State University is an Equal Opportunity
Employer and operates under Affirmative Action Policy. Individuals with
disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should
contact Dr. N. Robertson at the above address.
Asst. Prof. Urban Landscape
The University of Nebraska _ Lincoln invites applications for a 12-month
tenure-leading position at the Assistant Professor rank with a 60% teaching
and 40% research appointment located in the Department of Agronomy and
Horticulture. Applicants should have an earned PhD in horticulture or closely
related field. The instructional responsibilities include courses integral
to the horticultural undergraduate core program, including herbaceous and
woody plant materials and nursery/landscape management. An additional course,
related to the individual's area of research expertise, and possibly at
the graduate level, will also be developed. The successful candidate will
advise undergraduate and graduate students in academic and research endeavors
that relate to her/his areas of expertise. Research should focus on community
and residential landscapes. An emerging area of excellence within the department
is low input/sustainable landscape management. Interdisciplinary and regional
research projects are encouraged. Send a letter of application, curriculum
vita, a copy of all transcripts and names and addresses of three professional
references to Dr. Donald Steinegger, Search Committee Chair, 377 Plant
Science, Lincoln, NE 68583-0724. Review of applications will begin on June
15th and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
UNL is committed to a pluralistic campus community through Affirmative
Action and Equal Opportunity, is responsive to the needs of dual career
couples, and assures reasonable accommodation under the Americans With
Disabilities Act. Contact Dr. Steinegger at 402-472-1144 for additional
Postdoctoral Positions - Oklahoma
Two-year postdoctoral positions in Microbiology (one position) and
in Botany (one position), with an emphasis in teaching, are available beginning
August 16 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. These are both teaching
post-doctoral positions in which the successful applicants are expected
to participate in introductory level courses, contribute to the development
of teaching assistants, as well as revise and create inquiry-based laboratories.
In addition, these individuals will help organize a Center for Undergraduate
Science Education, which is intended to prepare finishing graduate students,
postdocs, and new science faculty members for their first years in an academic
position where teaching is emphasized. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in
microbiology, botany, or related fields, and should have excellent teaching
skills, experience in inquiry-based instruction, and be computer-literate
and adept with educational technology, including web-based materials and
computer-based laboratories. $23,000/yr with health benefits. Send letter
of intent, c.v., and at least two letters of reference to Dr. Gordon E.
Uno, Department of Botany and Microbiology, 770 Van Vleet Oval, University
of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019. (send inquiries about position to email@example.com).
Applications accepted until positions are filled.
Will assist with the daily operations of molecular systematics facility.
Duties will include establishing lab standards & protocols; coordinating
& maintaining database of plant tissue & DNA samples; experimenting
with new techniques, products & technologies; & training students
& visitors in all lab techniques. BS or MS Degree in Biology or Chemistry;
one year of practical lab experience; & good computer skills (MS Word/Excel)
required. Excellent benefits, including 4 wks vacation. Send resume with
salary requirements to: Recruiter _LM, The New York Botanical Garden, 200th
Street and Kazimiroff Blvd. Bronx, New York 10458-5126
Updated Positions Available Listings
At BSA Website
Current position announcements are maintained on the Botanical Society's
website Announcement page at URL http://www.botany.org/bsa/announce/index.html.
Please check that location for announcement which have appeared since this
issue of Plant Science Bulletin went to press. To post an announcement,
contact the webmaster: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
WOMEN NEEDS YOUR HELP
Which women have shaped twentieth-century American history? Time is
running out for nominations to Volume V of Notable American Women,
and there are still many women whose stories we have not yet learned. Please
share with us your knowledge of women who have formed this century's social,
cultural, political, scientific, and intellectual experience. Because so
many women whose lives deserve more scholarly attention are not yet included
in print resources, we are relying heavily upon nominations to ensure that
this biographical dictionary is truly inclusive and mirrors the diversity
of outstanding American women.
The first four volumes of Notable American Women have played
a critical role in fostering teaching and scholarship in American women's
history and related fields. Often Notable American Women has served
as the first substantive source for biographical and bibliographic information
about women who have received scant attention in scholarly texts. This
volume will identify the contributions of previously overlooked leaders
and activists and integrate these individuals' stories into the larger
patterns of modern American history. With its wide range of subjects, Notable
American Women will thus document differences (racial, ethnic, regional,
class, sexual orientation, political ideology) that have divided women
over the course of the twentieth century at the same time it highlights
the potential commonalities of gender in shaping women's lives.
Volume V of Notable American Women will include essays on approximately
500-600 women who will have died between January 1, 1976, and January 1,
2000, with an expected publication date of 2004. This volume will follow
the criteria for selection used in Notable American Women: The Modern
Period (1980): 1) the subject's influence on her times or field; 2)
ability, and innovative or pioneering work; 3) relevance of her career
for the history of women. If you wish to nominate a subject (or subjects),
please supply a short synopsis of her career and its importance, as well
as basic bibliographic sources, both secondary and archival (if known)
by June 1, 2000. We also welcome the names of scholars who are interested
in writing specific articles or serving as consultants for specialized
Please address all communication to:
Susan Ware, Editor
Notable American Women: Volume Five
The Schlesinger Library
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
PhyloCode is now Available on the Internet.
A draft of the PhyloCode, a formal set of rules governing phylogenetic
nomenclature, is now available on the Internet (http://www.ohiou.edu/phylocode
). Phylogenetic nomenclature is a new system, fundamentally different
from Linnaean nomenclature, that is designed to name the parts of the tree
of life by explicit reference to phylogeny. For a general introduction
to phylogenetic nomenclature, see Trends in Ecology and Evolution
9:27-31 (1994) and Taxon 49:85-93 (2000). The PhyloCode grew
out of a workshop at Harvard University in August 1998, where basic decisions
were made about its scope and content. Many of the workshop participants,
together with a few other people who subsequently joined the project, have
served as an advisory group (participants are listed in the PhyloCode
preface at the Internet address cited above).
The PhyloCode will go into operation in a few years, but the
exact date has not yet been determined. Once implemented, it will
function in parallel with the
ICBN and other codes based on Linnaean
nomenclature. The current draft represents several years of work but is
still provisional. Some rules will undoubtedly change before the PhyloCode
is finalized, and additional examples will be provided for clarification.
Moreover, this draft governs only the naming of clades. Rules governing
species names will be added to a later version, but it is not clear at
this time whether this will be done before or after the rules for clade
names are implemented.
The time has come to solicit comments and ideas from a broad spectrum
of biologists. We hope that many members of the scientific community will
examine the draft PhyloCode and send suggestions for improvement.
Although the code has initially been developed by a small group of people,
it is intended for the benefit of all biologists who study phylogeny or
use clade names. The more people who help to perfect it, the better it
will function. The PhyloCode website includes an e-mail address
to which comments may be sent. It also provides instructions for subscribing
to an Internet discussion group focusing on phylogenetic nomenclature.
In this issue:
p. 52 The Ecological
History of European Forests, K.J. Kirby and C. Watkins, eds.
1998 - Jonathan Frye
p. 52 Pollination
Ecology and Evolution in Compositae (Asteraceae)
M.S. Mani and
J.M. Saravanan. 1997. -Leah Larkin.
Pattern Analysis in Plant Ecology Dale, Mark R. T., 1999. -Aaron
p.54 Urban Soils: Applications
and Practices. Phillip J. Craul. 1999. -Kenneth R. Young.
Active Natural Products: Agrochemicals.
1999. -Timothy Morton
p.56 Maples for the Garden. C.J.
van Gelderen and D.M. van Gelderen. 1999. -Michael Marcotrigiano.
p. 57 Sold on Plants; plant physiology
and university life in retrospect.
Alfred M. Mayer. 1999. -A Carl
p. 57 Late
Cretaceous and Cenozoic History of North American Vegetation.
Alan, 1999. -Laurent M. Meillier.
Structure and Development:
p.58 Bibliography on Seed Morphology
Jensen, Hans A. 1998. -Marcel Rejmánek.
p.58 Orchids of Papua New Guinea.
Andrée Millar, 1998. -Joseph Arditti.
p.60 Wildflowers of
New York in Color. Chapman, William , Valerie Chapman, Alan Bessette,
Arleen Rainis Bessette, and Douglas Pens. 1998. - Hilary Callahan.
p.61 The World of Catasetums.
Arthur W. Holst. 1999. - Courtney J. Murren.
The Ecological History
of European Forests, K.J. Kirby and C. Watkins, eds. 1998. ISBN 0-85199-256-0
(hard-cover, no price given). 373 pp. CAB International, 198 Madison Ave,
New York NY 10016-4314, USA. _ I did not choose to review this book because
of the depth of my expertise in its subject. Although I have studied tree
ecophysiology at the University of Cologne, Germany, my interest in ecological
history is that of an amatuer who teaches an undergraduate ecology course
at a liberal arts college. I chose to read and review this text to indulge
this interest and to familiarize myself with the breadth of possible subjects
and techniques in this relatively new discipline of ecological history.
I am glad that I did.
Kirby and Watkins have skillfully edited 26 papers, mostly from the
International Conference on Advances in Forest and Woodland History held
in 1996 at the University of Nottingham, into a single volume which covers
a broad spectrum of specific topics. Their Introduction provides a helpful
synopsis of this diversity, emphasizing methods for studying the historical
ecology of woodland, broad trends in European woodland history, interactions
of grazing animals and woodland, variations in woodland, and uses of woodland
history to help determine conservation priorities. The geographic scope
of the subjects of the 26 papers ranges from Britain to Hungary and from
Denmark to Spain. One paper even addresses the development and dynamics
of agricultural parks in West Africa.
What I most appreciated about this volume was the variety of topics
addressed, and the interdisciplinarity of both the individual papers and
the whole collection. Some papers were strictly historical in their perspective;
others explored the role of past management practices on the ecology of
the woodlands. One paper used fossil trees to providing insight into past
climate. Still others used the lessons of history to suggest best practices
for the future conservation and management of European woodlands. Most
chapters illustrated the interdisciplinarity of this field as they used
techniques as varied as pollen analysis, dendrochronology, archaeology,
written records, oral records, direct observations, and GIS. The field
of ecology is broad by nature, but we scientists need the occasional reminder
not to become so focussed on our own specialty or discipline that we neglect
the possibly important perspectives of other disciplines. A second strength
of this book, for a reader such as myself, is that each of the individual
chapters provides a well-referenced entrée to the current research
in that field while keeping to the sort of strict length-limit that presenting
the papers at a conference imposed.
This brevity is also the most notable weakness of the book. When chapters
provide only a taste of the subject without providing a meal, than one
is left feeling tantalized rather than satisfied. This was occasionally
the case for me, particularly with the chapter entitled "An Insight into
Past Climate via a Fossil Tree" by Mesut Inan.
I recommend this text highly for libraries supporting undergraduate
through graduate programs in ecology, environmental studies, environmental
science, ecological history or interdisciplinary studies. Given the diversity
of topics addressed, there are very few readers, I should think, who would
not glean some new insight from these collected papers, and be glad that
they did. _ Jonathan Frye, Department of Biological Sciences, McPherson
College, McPherson, KS 67460.
Ecology and Evolution in Compositae (Asteraceae) M.S. Mani and J.M.
Saravanan. 1997. ISBN 1-886106-83-5 (cloth US$93.00) 160 pp. Science publishers,
Inc., P.O. Box 699, Enfield, New Hampshire 03748. -In its thirteen chapters,
this book attempts a comprehensive review of the evolution of pollination
in the Asteraceae. Five chapters are devoted to the morphology of the head,
including the florets; the stamens, styles and stigma; the nectary; and
the pappus. Numerous drawings depicting the range of variation in each
feature are included. Two chapters discuss insect visitors and pollinators
and others the floral biology of and sex polymorphism in the Asteraceae.
The final chapter hypothesizes evolutionary trends.
Unfortunately, I can't recommend this book. The writing is obfuscate,
and will dissuade all but the dedicated. Their review of pollination ecology
reads as gracefully as the Biblical begats. The text is rife with both
editorial (e.g. `the tribe Asteraceae') and factual (e.g. bees cannot see
yellow or UV light) errors. As a result, the main tenet of the book, that
the Asteraceae is supplanting bee pollination, for which it evolved, with
more efficient butterfly pollination, is unconvincing. - Leah Larkin, University
of Texas, Austin, TX 78713-7640
Spatial Pattern Analysis
in Plant Ecology Dale, Mark R. T., 1999. ISBN 0-521-45227-9 (cloth
US$69.95) x+326 pp. Cambridge University Press, 40 West 20th
St., New York, NY 10011-4211. — Would that I had owned this book when I
was a graduate student sixteen years ago! One of my first projects was
a spatial pattern analysis of clone structure in the salt-marsh cordgrass,
Spartina alterniflora. At that time (1983), there were few general
references on spatial statistics, fewer still that were accessible to a
beginning graduate student, and scant techniques to apply. A protracted
winter spent attempting to write a FORTRAN program to calculate Moran's
I statistic convinced me that my best approach to a successful dissertation
lay in other directions. Spatial Pattern Analysis in Plant Ecology
fills a much-needed lacuna on my bookshelf: an accessible reference on
how to describe and quantify spatial pattern. Unfortunately, my programming
problem remains unsolved and awaits an ecological entrepreneur.
Mark Dale has dedicated his entire career to the mechanics of quantitatively
describing spatial pattern, and this book is an excellent summary and synthesis
of twenty years of research. He has organized this book into three sections
of three chapters each. The first three chapters provide the basic concepts
of the book, describe appropriate sampling methods, and present the fundamental
methods used to quantify key attributes of spatial scale and pattern. Subsequent
sections and their corresponding chapters really can only be appreciated
after a thorough reading and understanding of chapter 3, in which the equations
for the analysis of spatial patterns of single species in one dimension
(e.g., line transects) are presented and derived. The second section (chapters
4-6) extends the methods described in chapter 3 to the analysis of assemblages
composed of multiple species in two dimensions. Two of the three chapters
of the final section (chapters 7-8) cover ground more familiar to plant
ecologists: analysis of point pattern (or mapped) data, and pattern on
environmental gradients (e.g., zonation). The final chapter looks forward
to more complex and yet unsolved problems in spatial pattern analysis.
The emphasis of all of these methods is on the detection of the scale
of a spatial pattern, which is defined as the average distance between
the centers of adjacent, dissimilar phases. By way of example, consider
a line transect in which you sample, in contiguous quadrats, the presence
or absence of a single species of plant. This transect then consists of
two phases, plants present or absent, and you want to determine if there
is some predictability (pattern) to the presences and absences.
To determine the scale of this entire transect, you could calculate the
average linear distance between the centers of each string of presences
and adjacent absences (the dissimilar phases). Clearly, the measure of
scale depends on your quadrat size as well as the underlying patchiness
of the system, which itself is based on the plants' responses to environmental
(abiotic and biotic) characteristics. Scale, of course, is not limited
to two-phase systems, and Dale discusses methods for determining scale
of multi-phase systems as well. Other measures of spatial pattern include:
its intensity (a measure of the difference in density between different
phases); its dispersion (arrangement of objects in space); and the
degree of spatial autocorrelation (spatially-dependent lack of independence
among objects in space) that it exhibits. Since most plant assemblages
illustrate some degree of spatial patterning, having a quantitative description
of this pattern should be a prerequisite to more detailed experimental
investigations of the ecological processes determining the pattern. Such
a description should also provide a sense of the appropriate spatial scale
on which to conduct those experiments.
Because of Dale's focus on analysis of pattern, however, little space
is given to a discussion of ecological processes that could give rise to
observed patterns. Dale rightly points out the dangers of inferring process
from pattern, but the absence of an hypothesis-driven framework for pattern
description will leave many plant ecologists puzzled as to how to proceed
after they've successfully described a given spatial pattern of interest.
A notable contrast can be found in chapter 8 (Pattern on an environmental
gradient). There has been a great deal of experimental work conducted
on the ecological mechanisms that determine plant distribution and abundance
patterns on environmental gradients. The rigorous, hypothesis-driven statistical
analyses of these experiments are reflected in the ways that Dale describes
the methods for testing to see if the patterns are consistent with known
processes. For researchers looking to apply the methods of this book to
their own experimental work, chapter 8 provides an illustrative framework.
In sum, Dale provides an excellent overview and synthesis of current
methods for describing spatial pattern. The book is readable and the mathematics
are approachable (no calculus required). Spatial Pattern Analysis in
Plant Ecology should be read by all graduate students in plant ecology
together with their advisors. Each of the methods-oriented chapters (2-8)
concludes with a set of concise recommendations for appropriate analysis.
Most ecologists will be unable to follow through with these recommendations,
however, as software for most of the described methods is not widely available.
Most of the recommended methods will require on-the-fly programming, a
rapidly-disappearing skill. Regrettably, Dale does not provide programming
examples; even pseudo-code would have been helpful. Within the text, only
the package S-Plus (MathSoft, Inc., Seattle, WA) is mentioned as having
built-in routines for spatial pattern analysis, and then only briefly (basic
spatial pattern statistics are also available in Systat [SPSS, Inc., Evanston,
IL; version 8.0 and later]). There is a clear opportunity here for enterprising
ecologists and programmers.
In the final chapter, Dale provides a look forward to the future of
spatial pattern analysis. A sense of the rapidity with which this field
is evolving comes from a review of the bibliography: > 70% of the references
date from after 1980, with nearly half being from the last 9 years. Yet,
we have no tested methods for analyzing pattern in three dimensions (e.g.,
arrangement of fruits on a tree or epiphytes in a canopy), although Dale
presents some good extensions of the two-dimensional techniques described
in earlier chapters. Similarly, the analysis of how spatial patterns change
through time is in its infancy. And finally, we are a long way from understanding
the ecological processes that give rise to the spatial patterns that we
can measure. Dale closes with a set of questions and hypotheses about the
interplay between pattern and process; there are dozens of dissertation
topics in these last three pages alone. I expect this is not the last book
we will see on the topic of spatial pattern. — Aaron M. Ellison, Dept.
of Biological Sciences, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075.
Urban Soils: Applications
and Practices. Phillip J. Craul. 1999. ISBN 0-471-18903-0 (cloth US$79.95).
366 pp. John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158—Urban
environments are home for much of the world's human population. The soils
found in cities support both the built (houses, roads, etc.) and grown
(gardens, parks) environments. Thus, the quality of life for many people
is in part affected by these soils and the ecosystem services they provide.
This volume by Phillip Craul attempts to provide a self-contained reference
for professionals needing information useful for landscape architecture,
horticulture, and related endeavors such as urban forestry. Presumably
those designing and preparing for plantings would find this book especially
helpful, as there are extensive lists of criteria to employ, the environmental
parameters to consider, and methods to ameliorate soils. Specific information
is provided for the considerations involved with rooftop gardens, street
plantings, dry environments, and the control of soil erosion. A section
giving five detailed case studies provides examples of how all these items
can be considered during the planning process. This is followed by an appendix
listing appropriate tests for analyzing soils, a glossary, and a list of
Craul begins by demonstrating the follies of inadequate planting media
and of ignoring the biophysical factors that affect survival of plants.
Because of costs and other concerns, he points out that (p. 7) "the soil
characteristics desired by the engineer and architect are nearly diametrically
opposite of those desired by the landscape architect". The bulk of the
book provides the information needed to correct for this dilemma during
pre-construction planning. There are detailed chapters on how sites and
in particular their soils should be evaluated, on how solar radiation and
the resulting heat budget affect plants in particular locations, and on
how soils can be designed and constituted to permit appropriate plant growth
by soil amendments. This is followed by a chapter on what should be specified
in site plans for soils used with particular goals. The parameters include
the texture, particle sizes, and pore spaces of the mineral portion of
the soil, plus the carbon:nitrogen ratio, pH, and abundance of the organic
material in the soil. The chapter on rooftop soils not only points out
the need for decreasing the weight of soils used, but provides the formulae
needed to make calculations of soil weight given certain soil textures
and mixes. Another concern on rooftops is the great influence of wind on
There is a chapter on drainage techniques, with strategies for
improving drainage strengthened by a discussion of how water moves through
the soil. There are formulae and worked examples of how to design drainage
systems. This is followed by a similar chapter on irrigation design, from
how plants use soil moisture to the specifics needed to plan irrigation
types and rates. Another chapter looks at tree planting criteria in particular,
with the soil-related concerns discussed and much additional information
on the situations under which the trees will grow and special concerns
when large trees are to be transplanted. The chapter on soil erosion similarly
takes a broad perspective, from the causes and types of erosion, through
the use of the Universal Soil Loss Equation, to the design of sediment
At times the author provides information that would typically appear
in introductory textbooks on soils, hydrology, ecology, and horticulture.
The advantage would be that all the topics he judged useful for designing
plantings in urban soils appear in condensed form in one book. It is likely
that the busy professional will find this a useful resource. Students of
horticulture, landscape architecture, and forestry will consider this a
Given the author's goals and the practicality of the resulting book,
I would not criticize the approach taken. However, I would point out that
many concerns that are highly relevant to urban soils are not discussed.
There is no mention of contaminated soils near industrial facilities or
the remediation of soils with hazardous wastes. Movements of water-borne
contaminants through soils in urban contexts are not mentioned. There is
little on fauna and essentially nothing on air pollution impacts. Finally,
an opportunity is lost to discuss how urban and suburban sprawl transforms
soils and alters conditions for the living organisms associated with those
soils.—Kenneth R. Young, Department of Geography and Environmental Systems,
University of Maryland, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250.
Active Natural Products: Agrochemicals. 1999. H.G. Cutler and S.J.
Cutler Eds. CRC Press LLC. 299 pages. -It's relatively easy to overlook
the fact that for most organisms, chemicals mediate their interactions
with other organisms because humans _ like all larger organisms - rely
primarily on other modes of sensory perception - sight and sound. Smallish
creatures use chemicals to screen potential mates, seek out conspecifics,
find important resources and, ultimately
defend those resources (and themselves) from aggressors or competitors.
A couple of examples serve to illustrate; a fungal spore that has landed
in a suitable area for growth may secrete chemicals to inhibit faster-growing
bacteria but may tolerate a conspecific that is a potential mating partner.
And plants are notorious producers of unusual chemicals that serve to defend
their acquired resources from bacteria, fungi and herbivores. We're just
beginning to get a handle on how other organisms perceive and respond to
their environment, and other organisms in that environment, through chemistry.
Our understanding of the roles played by chemicals was, not long ago, limited
by time and expense in the isolation and identification stages. Time and
expense are becoming less of a problem and the pace of chemical discovery
continues to increase; a trend powered by faster computers, increasingly
refined analytical techniques, and better equipment. Our ability to truly
`know' the function of these chemicals is still limited, but more by the
lack of suitable, discrete bioassays that would help us to decipher their
functions. This book outlines some truly remarkable success stories of
identifying novel functions of important natural chemicals, isolating,
identifying, discovering their mode of action, and ultimately finding ways
to make them work for us - in agriculture.
This work is one of two books that derive from the 1997 (Las Vegas)
American Chemical Society symposium on chemistry in the fields of Agrochemicals
and Pharmaceuticals (a companion book covering Pharmaceuticals is also
available). As the editors point out in the preface, we are entering an
unusual phase where natural products chemistry, which has traditionally
been applied to pharmaceutical problems, can now be applied to agricultural
problems. Until recently, only pharmaceutical applications had any potential
for economic viability (what is the value of a human life?). Any agricultural
application involving chemistry could not exceed the value of the crop
to be protected. Subsequently, the early days of agrochemicals focused
on synthetic (hence cheap and easy to mass-produce) chemistry such as DDT
and methyl bromide. More recently, as the environmental and human health
costs of synthetics have been factored in, synthetics have become less
viable and many have been or will soon be removed from our agrochemical
arsenal. This has spurred the search for novel pesticides with high toxicity,
high specificity (non-toxic to animals), and short time of residence in
the environment. The relatively recent success in genetically engineering
toxin into crop plants shows that even major projects can be profitable;
though the long-term viability of genetic engineering is not yet certain
given the recent wave of fear and distrust fostered by the anti-genetic
When searching for natural agrochemicals, the logical sources include
bacteria, fungi, and plants, while logical target organisms include bacteria,
fungi, plants, insects, nematodes and animals. Four examples serve to illustrate
the breadth of approaches outlined in this book. A chapter by Robert Hoaglund
addressed phosphinothricin (PPT), a tripeptide found in Streptomyces
bacteria that has broad herbicidal activity but is non-toxic to animals.
A gene for PPT production has been used to transform plants allowing for
effective control of weeds. Transgenic PPT plants also have the potential
to reduce plant-pathogenic bacteria and fungi, though microbes rapidly
develop resistance. Two other chapters illustrate that there are a number
of other bacterial peptides (cyclic oligopeptides) with potent herbicidal
and pesticidal activities that are currently being explored. A chapter
by a group of NC State researchers illustrates their work to find ways
that will maintain tobacco as a cash crop to benefit small-scale farmers.
Their approach is to use tobacco as a bioreactor to produce a wide variety
of valuable products (interestingly, low nicotine plants are preferred
for this type of work). A group of Japanese scientists present an excellent
idea to suppress biosynthesis of aflatoxin (a known carcinogen) by Aspergillis
fungi commonly found on crops like peanuts and corn. This research highlights
the successful use of bacterial aflastatins and blasticidins, both complex
polyketides, to specifically block aflatoxin biosynthesis without harm
to the fungus, thereby avoiding problems with emergence of resistance.
Finally, a group of New Zealanders address problems of plant disease control
through the use of beneficial biological control agents that serve to either
1) induce natural plant defenses, 2) parasitize pathogens, 3) control pathogen
growth through antibiotic production, or 4) competitively exclude pathogens.
One thing to note is that though chemistry is central to the theme of this
book and many of the chapters provide detailed examinations of chemical
compounds, the other theme is agriculture so there is a great deal of interesting
biology as well. This book is very well written and each chapter is richly
illustrated with chemical structures, raw data, summary data, HPLC traces,
pictures, tables and graphs. Each chapter is thoroughly referenced, editing
was exceptional, and the writing was overall of very high quality.
There are a few improvements that I would suggest for any similar project.
The editors provided no walk-through summary of the book and never put
the chapters into any kind of context. A couple of chapters didn't seem
to fit well into the overall theme of the book, or if there was a connection
I could have used some help to see it. Other than a grouping of allelopathy
(plant-plant interaction) chapters, there seemed to be little attempt to
organize the chapters in any significant way, making the lack of context
more glaring. The vast majority of chapters dealt with plant-plant (8 chapters)
and plant-insect (6 chapters) interactions but plant-based work is relatively
new compared to work with microbial metabolites so all of these chapters
tend to end by saying `there is potential'. The most impressive chapters
dealt with bacterial and fungal chemicals used (or potentially useful)
against bacteria, fungi, plants and/or insects. I thought the book would
have benefitted from a greater balance of chapter topics, with reduced
emphasis on plant-plant and plant-insect interactions and maybe a little
more on basic research and biotechnology issues. Many authors did a fine
job of placing their study into a larger perspective but several chapters
were highly technical and would have benefited from a broader introduction.
Some of the more chemical-laden chapters mentioned Latin binomials of their
organism but I had to delve into the literature to find whether this referred
to a bacterium or fungus. Other chemical chapters talked of in vitro
alterations to specific carbons but failed to provide the numbering scheme
for the parent molecule that would let a non-specialist figure out what
they are talking about. Overall, these criticisms are minor and the book
is excellent. The chemistry can get pretty heavy at times, but this book
will appeal to a much wider audience.
I highly recommend this book for institutional libraries and the personal
library of those interested in the future of biotechnology. _Timothy Morton,
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Maples for the Garden. C.J. van
Gelderen and D.M. van Gelderen. 1999. ISBN 0-88192-472-5 Timber Press,
Portland, Oregon — In a previous book, "Maples of the World", D.M. van
Gelderen was the principle author. This more recent effort provides a photographic
companion to the previous book. It is an accurate horticultural text written
by a world authority. I am pleased that so much information on maples has
been accurately placed in a single text.
Although the book contains brief sections on taxonomy and culture its
main purpose is the photographs and descriptions of hundreds and hundreds
of maples. Most of the photographs are high quality "close ups". If you
were looking for an Acer from an architectural standpoint, the book would
be of little use. Each photo contains a brief but informative botanical
description giving the taxonomic section for the species, a description
of the tree size, flowers, and fruits. The species list is exhaustive.
Yet, the strength of the book is the amazing compilation of photographs
of the mutations and natural variations that are presently cultivated.
A large section of Acer palmatum mutations is presented but the
strength of the book is its broad scope. For an American, the `down side'
to this text is that almost all of the photographs are of European origin
and many if not most of the cultivars are unobtainable in the United States.
Many of the more unusual maples listed here are prone to reversion, require
grafting onto rootstocks, or are not adaptable to most US climates. However,
if you are a rare plant enthusiast, I suggest you buy the book just for
the challenge. For example, the book contains an excellent photo of a great
red bark mutation (`Erythrocladum') of our native green bark moosewood
(Acer pensylvanicum). The tree was isolated in 1904 in Germany but
is difficult to propagate. So impressed was I, that after a lengthy search,
I was able to locate a US source. The warning here is that the cost of
this book is minimal when compared to the price you may pay for a maple
discovered in this book.
The book contains other very nice features. A rather lengthy list of
European and American gardens where maples are featured will make it easy
for a frequent traveler to visit some of these interesting trees. In addition,
the appendix contains a section called "Maples for Particular Purposes"
which would assist a gardener in making the right selection. A great glossary,
a wonderful index, and European and US plant hardiness zone maps complete
the book. This is a fine example of a reference book. Throw away your "coffee
table" horticultural books to make room for this gem. If you love maples
(and who doesn't) this book is a treasure and a must book for the rare
tree collector. It should be on the shelf of every arboretum. — Michael
Marcotrigiano, Dept of Plant and Soil Sciences, Univ of Massachusetts,
Amherst, MA 01003 USA
Sold on Plants; plant physiology and
university life in retrospect.
Alfred M. Mayer. 1999. ISBN 0-86689-052-1.
Balaban Publishers, Rehovot Israel. — This short and personal autobiography
of Alfred Mayer makes very good reading. In part, it makes good reading
as it gives such a personal report of the life of a distinguished plant
scientist, and in part as it describes so many issues and choices that
are almost characteristic of the academic profession in the biological
During the rise of Hitler and Naziism in 1933, Alfred Mayer's parental
family fled from Germany to Holland, leaving all of their possessions behind.
Then as the German threat increased, the family fled again from Holland
to England in 1940. But they arrived in England only in time to witness
the Battle of London. After the war, Alfred attended University College,
London, earning the PhD in 1949. He then moved to Israel in 1950, living
through the various Israeli wars. These were troubled times.
One principal message I get from the book is the profound effect of
strong mentors on the development of a scientist. Mayer's admiration for
Botany Professor W.H. Pearsall at University College was of major importance
to his development. This man's strength and patience brought Mayer through
difficult times and strongly molded his scientific outlook. After moving
to Israel, a somewhat parallel but more contentious interaction was had
with Professor Michael Evanari. Each of these two mentors molded the scientific
foci that lasted for the rest of Mayer's professional life - i.e. an enduring
enthusiasm for the physiology of plants.
As Alfred takes the reader through the 50 years of his professional
life, he records a litany of findings about being a professional plant
biologist. These have pervasive relevance to our profession, and deserve
recounting here. As a short-cut, I will use a numerical listing of some
major findings in Mayer's experience.
1. He speaks of struggling with the need to exercise objectivity in
research. This is a struggle we all contend with. Such objectivity is often
somewhat bent when we tend subjectively to describe our progress as though
it were done in a straight-line logical manner, when it really involved
a scattering array of probes in various directions.
2. He speaks often about appraising the importance of our own work.
Collectively, his comments seem to me to say that it may be a nice happenstance
when our research results are of importance to scientists in other specialties,
or to people generally, but that the central importance was our own commitment
to the work and our own sense of reward that comes from doing it.
3. For Alfred, the involvement with teaching was a keen source of fresh
ideas as well as a sense of stimulus in his science, and finally as a reward
in terms of the influence he himself perceives he had on his students.
Most of us can resonate with his feeling that teaching is a truly important
component of one's intellectual growth.
4. As he gained in stature, his invitations to other universities brought
new vistas as well as new opportunities to his mind. I find it notable
that he shows less enthusiasm for large national or international meetings
with their multiple simultaneous sessions than he found in small meetings
or personal interactions. I interpret his repeating enthusiasms for his
professional visits, as defining the importance of personal interactions
with colleagues. Personal visits to other laboratories was an order of
magnitude more beneficial than the more impersonal interactions at science
5. His attitudes toward university administration were complex. He seemed
to adapt well to a modest level of administrative duties, but then he became
downright frustrated by the hassle of administering large academic units
and making long-term plans. I can resonate with his sense of disappointment
with administrative duties.
The last parts of the book dwell particularly on his personal life,
and his devotion to his wife, Nitza. Altogether by combining the story
of his personal dedication with the story of his professional growth, he
gives the book a strong sense of the reality of Alfred Mayer as a person.
Alfred Mayer has clearly led an interesting and productive life as a
person sold on plants. His principal message is that there is a great deal
of satisfaction in doing and directing research. He recognizes the brief
longevity of credit that a scientist gets for having done the work, but
this brevity does not erase the sense that it has been fun. This is an
interesting analysis of the life of a distinguished scientist. —A Carl
Leopold, Boyce Thompson Institute of Plant Research, Ithaca, NY 14853,
Cretaceous and Cenozoic History of North American Vegetation.
Alan, 1999. ISBN 0-19-511342-X (cloth US$95.00) 350 pp.
Oxford University Press, 198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314.
The vegetation of North America comprises 17,000-20,000 species of vascular
plants or about 7% of the world¹s flora. The author embarks
in this book in a cross-disciplinary exercise describing the environmental
and biotic changes occurring in the last 70 million years (late Cretaceous
Period/ Cenozoic Era) to the North American Flora. The region under
consideration here is north of Mexico including the United States and Canada.
Sixty-five Ma ago the Rocky Mountains were only ~1km above sea level;
the Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains would not attain
substantial heights until late in the Tertiary. The North Atlantic
connection had only begun to fragment in the Maastrichtian (69-66 Ma).
An entire new flora started to develop in the early Cenozoic as an asteroid
collided with the earth, leaving in its wake the Chicxulub crater now buried
under the Yucatan Peninsula. About 44% of the genera and 70% of the
species comprising the marine plankton, large terrestrial animals (dinosaurs)
became extinct at this time. This asteroid had such an impact, we
had to create a major break in the geological time line coined the K-T
boundary. The description of vegetation for such an extensive area
involves the recognition and characterization of units called formations,
which are named with reference to composition, habit, distribution, and
climate. The author recognizes and describes seven plant formations
in this book (tundra, coniferous forest, deciduous forest, grassland, shrubland/
chaparral-woodland-savanna, desert, and tropical.
In the first chapters of the book the author lays the goal of the survey
by cataloguing the current modern vegetation found in the area studied.
The next chapter is indeed devoted to what drives the arrangement of vegetation
on a landscape such as plate tectonics, climate, terranes. I wish
the author would have spent more time describing the diagrams outlining
the feedback relationships of a particular external upon the vegetation.
Paleotemperature and sea level changes are emphasized in the next chapter
in terms of the proxies and the methodologies used. The Geoflora
concept fundamental to paleobotany is outlined. Chaney (UCB) defined
it as "a group of plants which has maintained itself with only minor changes
in composition for several epochs or periods of earth history, during which
time its distribution has been profoundly altered". An interesting
chapter follows where methods of paleovegetation analysis are outlined.
The author critically divides these methods in two categories. Those
that use plant microfossils for reconstructing terrestrial vegetation and
those that use plant megafossils. This critical overview is very
well detailed. Scanning electron micrographs are presented illustrating
the diversity in pollen morphology. It might have helped in this
methodology section to present radiometric dating crucial to paleoenvironmental
studies. In the next chapters the record of North American vegetation
is discussed in detail. The author outlines four stages emerging
from three major climatic changes producing effects evident in the plant
record. Prominent among those are global decreases in temperature
and associated extinction diversification- migration events in the
biotic realm. This provide a convenient framework in the development
of the North American vegetation: Late Cretaceous and Early Eocene, Middle
Eocene and the Early Miocene, the Middle Miocene and the Pliocene and the
quaternary. The author obviously chose the geologic time scale to
describe events in Earth history. Another important context is faunal
history, which reflects prevailing vegetation types and general environmental
conditions. The last chapter traces the origin of current biogeographic
relationships of the North American flora, primarily with the Mediterranean
region, the dry regions of South America, eastern Asia, and eastern Mexico.
I strongly recommend this text to readers having a strong background
in the biological and geological sciences. For the specialist, species
list are provided for the major fossil floras and a list of technical papers
is included after each chapter. For the general reader, terms are
defined, specialized units of measurements are explained, and widely used
common names for familiar plants are given as they are encountered in the
text. At the end of each chapter a supplemental bibliography of General
Readings is also provided. These include relevant articles in American
Scientist, Natural History, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine,
and other sources, as well as reviews in BioScience, Nature, and
Science. Terms of nomenclature are explained at the end of
the Prologue and are repeated the first time the symbols are used.
A thorough index is provided at the end of the text.—Laurent M. Meillier,
U.C. Santa Barbara, Department of Geological Sciences, Santa Barbara, CA.
Bibliography on Seed Morphology
Jensen, Hans A. 1998. ISBN 90-5410-450-3 (cloth, US$79, EUR68.50) 310 pp.
A.A. Balkema, P.O.Box 1675, 3000 BR Rotterdam, The Netherlands. _ Knowledge
of seed morphology is of great importance to plant ecology and systematics,
quarantine work, weed management, archeology, etc. The published information
on seed morphology is extensive, but widely dispersed in many books, journals,
and `gray literature'. Therefore, the objective of this annotated bibliography
is to provide a tool for those working with seed identification and morphology.
It is divided in two parts: Handbooks (299 references) and Monographs &
Articles (3476 references). The latter is organized by families. More than
3900 genera are covered. The book is supplemented with 368 original line
drawings of seeds.
This bibliography is useful but very far from complete. Only very few
references from the last 15 years are included. Some omissions are understandable
(Delcourt et al. 1979, Lhotská 1968), others are more surprising
(Bachiller 1991, Niembro Rocas 1989). The major surprise is no reference
to Barton's (1967) Bibliography of seeds. — Marcel Rejmánek,
Section of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.
Bachiller, G.C. 1991. Semillas de arboles y arbustosforestales.
Ministerio de Agricultura Pesca y Alimentacion, Madrid.
Barton, L.V. 1967. Bibliography of seeds. Columbia University
Press, New York.
Delcourt, P.A., Davis, O.K. and Bright, R.C. 1979.Bibliography
of taxonomic literature for identification of fruits, seeds, and vegetative
plant fragments. Environmental Sciences Division Publication No. 1328,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Lhotská, M. 1968. Karpologie und Karpobiologie
der tschechoslowakischen Vertreter der Gattung Bidens, Academia,
Niebro Rocas,.A. 1989. Semillas de plantas leñosas:
morfología compoarada. Editorial Limusa, México. [Comparative
morphology of seeds from 243 families of woody plants.]
Orchids of Papua New Guinea Andrée
Millar, 1998. ISBN 0-88192-438-5 (hard cover $34.95).118 pp. Timber Press,
133 S. W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204-3527. -Andrée
Norma Millar (ca 1914-1995) arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 1947 with
her husband, a mining engineer. She stayed there until ca. 1992 and became
part of the country as an explorer, patriot, a person in love with its
people, gadfly, disciplinarian and a botanist synonymous with its orchids.
I knew Andrée from the mid 1960s until her death and counted her
among my friends. Therefore this will be as much an obituary as it will
be a book review.
For Andrée life in PNG started in a "place of eternal spring,
the gold mining camp of Bulolo" (Millar, 1994) where she discovered the
land and its people and a country she "loved . . . all [her] life" (Millar,
1994). And, that is where she also started her orchid collection in a garden
which looked like a "fairyland when they all flowered" (Millar, 1994).
It did not take long for her to become known as "long-long Misis bilong
plaua," PNG pidgin English for "slightly mad [white] woman who collected
flowers, useless flowers which were fit for nothing . . ." (Millar, 1994).
This nickname was to remain hers for the rest of her life and become the
title of her short autobiography (Millar, 1994).
Over the years Andrée moved all over PNG in whatever conveyances
were available, boats, small planes, helicopters, motor vehicles and on
foot. The country was wild, dangerous and unexplored, but she felt endangered
only once: "a spear suddenly landed in front of us, just a few feet from
me . . . I was frankly terrified, and we all stood like statues, watching
it quiver in front of us . . . the spear thrower was the first of a welcome
party, demonstrating that we were . . . welcome. If we had not been, the
spear would not have fallen short . . . " (Millar, 1994). She later that
it would have been nice to know this in advance.
This was not the only time she was brave. Once when I was in PNG there
was a riot. Most expatriates hid in their houses. She faced the rioters.
"Why?" I asked."To yell at the bloody bastards," she answered in her pseudo
gruff talk (she liked to use rough but not terribly crude language) "and
you should have seen them run." She was still yelling next morning while
two of her workers sat behind us cradling their long sharp knives between
their knees and literaly shaking with fear. I was shaking, also with fear
wondering if the two guys would be angered enough by her harangue and strike
us. "They wouldn't dare," she said. They did not.
Workers and rioters were not the only people Andrée would yell
at. Minsters, including the Prime Minister at the time and the Minister
of Health were not spared either. And they took it. Why? Because she raised
at least one of them and loved them all like a strict, but impatient mother
(for a more detailed biography-obituary see Arditti, 1996).
There were also people Andrée did not like. They included Margaret
Mead and an unfortunate Indonesian botanist who dared talk about the orchids
of Irian Jaya (Indonesian New Guinea) at an orchid meeting. She stood up
just as the man started to talk and yelled that he
had no right to talk
about "our orchids." Like many people in PNG and elsewhere she felt that
the Indonesians had no place in New Guinea. No matter what she did Andrée
Andrée started to send plants to the Lae Herbarium and Botanical
Garden where her sometime friend and occasional antagonist (but an excellent
host for me) John S. Womersley was the Director. In 1955 Andrée
joined the staff of the botanical gardens in Lae and by the late 1960 she
had moved to the Port Moresby to work at the National Botanic Gardens at
the University of PNG in Port Moresby.
That is when I visited her for the first time. To ensure a large audience
for my seminar she ordered all or her workers to attend. I faced a roomful
of people, some fresh from the hills with various decorations in their
hair, ears and noses who clearly sat there because she ordered them to.
They probably did not even understand what I said (pidgin English is not
at all like American English) but endured the ordeal. After the talk Andrée
told me with a straight face that they loved it. Pretending to believe
her was the best and safest reaction and that is what I did.
In 1971 Andrée became director of the garden and remained there
until ill health forced her to leave. She collected many honors including
the PNG 10 Year Independence Medal, the Gold Medal of the Orchid Society
of South East Asia (formerly the Malayan Orchid Society in Singapore),
an Award of Honor from the Australian Orchid Council, an OBE from Britain
in 1975, an honorary doctorate, and even a chance to be presented to the
Queen of England. She did not refuse the latter but sent her assistants
instead to honor them and because "I am an old lady now and it will mean
more to them."
For a while Andrée and I met every 2-3 years at orchid meetings
around the world and usually managed to share a meal. She did not seem
to age over the decades. However she did not look well when I last saw
her in 1993 or 1994 in Brisbane. A year or so later she died. When the
end was near and obvious there was a last and emotional telephone call
to Port Moresby in which she said good bye to her assistants who gathered
for the occasion in the director's office. It is said that during Andrée's
many years in PNG even grizzly old former cannibals cried after not seeing
her for a long time. The same was probably true when she died. Some of
many of her friends must have cried also and probably so did several of
The current book is not a completely new work. It is an update and revision
of a previous volume (Millar, 1978). That book was not a complete monograph
of the orchids of PNG. Rather, it was collection of descriptions of taxa
Andrée wanted to write about. It had good pictures, interesting
text and according to Womersley, many errors. Not being a taxonomists I
did not see the many errors (what is in a name?) and liked the book. So
did others especially because it illustrated many of the wonderful orchids
Andrée worked on her proved to be her last (i. e., this) book
and off for many years. In fact it was not complete at the time of her
death. It was completed by her photographers and long time friends Roy
and Margaret Mackay. That is probably why it has no preface and why the
dedication is identical to the one in her fist book. It is to "the people
of Papua New Guinea . . . and . . . their native land that I love so dearly."
The dedication is accompanied by a photograph showing the author and some
of her entourage during a long expedition on top of the Wahgi-Sepik Divide.
The book starts with a short history of PNG "the colonial prize" as
she calls it. Over the years the French, Dutch, Germans, Portuguese, British
and Indonesians tried to colonize all or part of PNG. Fortunately for the
inhabitants the British acquired most of it and after two world wars the
Australians became the trustees. I say "fortunately" because British-Australian
part became the independent PNG. Dutch New Guinea became part of Indonesia
as Irian Jaya or Irian Barat and in effect is still a colony _ one in revolt
to this day.
A short history of the orchids of PNG follows. It includes an appreciation
of Rudolph Schlechter, the German orchid specialist whose book on the orchids
of New Guinea is still the definitive work on the subject (the Australian
Orchid Foundation paid for a translation into English). A discussion of
"where the orchids grow" is next. This is important because PNG is variable
(I recall being chilled to the bone in the highland and sweltering in other
areas). A list of groups and genera concludes the preliminary sections.
Descriptions of individual orchids occupy most of the book (pages 11-100).
They are written simply and clearly and are not the usual dry, herbarium
specimens-driven pedantic elaborations, The discourses are lively and based
on personal observations and experiences which include "several cliff faces
on the road to Munmeg . . . almost covered in flowering plants" of Coelogyne
Descriptions are accompanied by usually excellent photographs even if
some do not show much detail (Podochilus australiensis, p. 23),
are diffuse (Dendrobium engae, p. 24, the official flower of Enga
province according to Peter O'Byrne himself an author of an excellent book
about the orchids of lowland PNG), and out of focus (yellow form of
hindsii, p. 94). On page 69 the green background does not do justice
to Dendrobium taurinum.
I am sure that taxonomists will find some names to quibble about (they
always do: "my name is more valid than your name"), but for me the descriptions
are interesting and read well. They also bring up memories of an old friend.
And, most of all they are excellent examples of phytography based on life
and experience not dead plants stuck on paper.
There are problems here and there. On page 31 descriptions of Dendrobium
species continue after Cadetia without a new title. The birth year
of A. Hawkes "orchidologist, USA" is given as 1961 on page 122. This is
not correct. By 1961 Alex Drumm Hawkes was already active and in the midst
of constant vitriolic attacks on most major orchid systematists of the
time. And, pod is used on page 82 for fruit when the correct term is capsule.
Perhaps if Andrée would have been alive, she might have caught these
slip ups, and may be not. But, would I have been brave enough to point
them out if there was a prospect of facing her later . . . ? Maybe not.
No matter, Andrée's last book is an excellent presentation of some
of the most interesting orchids in PNG. It also a fitting memorial to the
slightly eccentric flower lady, an intrepid explorer and a truly liberated
woman who called a prime minister of PNG "boy" not because he was a local
male (as some expatriates did) and not because he was a boi (pidgin
English for worker or a local male) but because "he was my boy when he
wet my lap years ago and is still my boy, and I can yell at him any time
I want." Looking back at Andrée's life, her achievements, her last
book, her love for the people of PNG and her dedication to that island's
orchids it is best to conclude this obituary-review with "Thank you plenty
too much" [pronounced planti tu mus which is pidgin for "a lot"]
Misis bilong plaua for your books and for your life.
1. I used the very few Pidgin English words in my vocabulary to retains
some of the flavor of Andrée's life and environment. To those steeped
in or dedicated to political correctness words like boi and Misis
may be offensive. Perhaps they would be offensive as words in English language.
But here they are not English words. They are words in a derived language,
Pidgin English. As such they have their own meanings, which have nothing
to do with their origin, history, colonialism, racism or political correctness.
The very use of Pidgin English may also be considered to be politically
incorrect by some. Those who think so should bear in mind that Pidgin English
is an official language in the independent country of PNG. As such it is
no more and no less offensive as any other official language in any other
2. In my view Andrée's disdain for Mead is justified in view
of her explanation. It is also supported by at least one anthropologist
who reviewed Mead's work in Samoa in a book. However the subject does not
belong in a book review in a botanical publication and is very controversial
especially since Mead is an icon of American feminism. I would be glad
to respond to questions on the subject (email@example.com).
Arditti, J. 1996. Andrée Norma Millar (ca 1914-1995).
Malayan Orchid Review (Singapore) 30: 35-38.
Millar, A. 1978. Orchids of Papua New Guinea _ An
introduction. University of Washington Press, Seattle.
Millar A. N. 1994. Long-long misis bilong plaua. Pages
1-32 in J. Arditti (ed.). Orchid biology, reviews and perspectives,
volume VI. John Wiley and Sons, New York. _ Joseph Arditti, Department
of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA
Wildflowers of New York
in Color. Chapman, William , Valerie Chapman, Alan Bessette, Arleen
Rainis Bessette, and Douglas Pens. 1998. ISBN0-8156-2746-7 (cloth US$59.95)
168 pp. Syracuse University Press, 1600 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY
13244-5160. -The team of authors responsible for this new guidebook aim
it at the casual reader. Rather than using keys, species are divided by
flower color into six parts _ white, pink-to-red, yellow-to-orange, green,
blue-to-violet, and dark purple. Within parts, floral symmetry, petal and
leaf characters further divide color groups. A "How to Use this Guide"
essay explains symmetry and discusses problems with judging color. A brief
visual glossary illustrates basic terms such as pinnately compound, and
a helpful glossary of other terms even includes "threatened" and "endangered."
Separate indices for Latin and common names are among the book's few weaknesses.
To me, a combined index is more helpful, and would not intimidate the novice.
This new book compares favorably with The Audubon Society Field Guide
to North American Wildflowers. Its 350+ photos are better, and look
less cramped in the larger format and against a white background. Photo
captions feature both common and Latin names. Rather than exiling
notes to a separate section, facing pages detail flowering season, habitat,
and size ranges, essential for interpreting some photographs. Family names
— again both Latin and common — are listed, perhaps to inspire novices
to reinforce or deepen their botanical knowledge. This is a slim paperback.
It slides easily into a pack, but would require a very roomy pocket.
The book is especially helpful for when the botanically naïve ask
for help in identifying flowers that they've seen recently. I also used
it during springtime walks in the New York City metropolitan area. Coverage
is selective. I easily found dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius), trailing
arbutus (Epigaea repens), and wild-oats (Uvularia sessilifolia),
but to find pale corydalis (Corydalis sempervirens) I had to turn
to my Audubon Guide to find a blurry but informative photo. Many non-native
species are covered, including common periwinkle (Vinca minor) and
garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata). But this coverage is also selective.
To find shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) I again turned
to my Audubon Guide for a drab but useful photo of its infructescence.
This selectivity persists across the growing season, but the photos and
the accompanying notes included are consistently excellent.
Wildflowers of New York in Color is a fine publication, but the
coated paper and color printing make it necessarily expensive ($24.95 paperbound;
$59.95 clothbound). It should appeal to field guide addicts, and would
make a nice gift for friends living in New York's urban areas. It is a
pleasure to leaf through the photos during winter or whenever one is confined
to the urban jungle.— Hilary Callahan, Barnard College
The World of Catasetums. Arthur W.
Holst. 1999. ISBN 0-88192-430-X (hard cover $34.95). pp. 306. Timber Press,
Inc. The Haseltine Building, 133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland,
Oregon. 97204. It is so exciting to see a whole book dedicated to the genus
Catasetum! Holst shows much of the diversity of these unique orchids.
Catasetum is unlike any other genus in the family Orchidaceae in
that the plants have separate male and female flowers. The male flowers
have bold colors and morphology that vary widely among the members of the
genus. Female flowers, however, are consistently yellowish-green and similar
in their morphologies. The plates, black and white photographs, and the
drawings taken from Flora Brasilica show us very well the exquisite
nature of these plants.
In the preface, A. Holst tells us that he is not a botanist, but a hobbyist
and speaks of his enthusiasm for this genus. Both his enthusiasm, and his
hobbyist perspective are borne out throughout his book. Particularly the
hobbyist flavor comes across in the first chapter dedicated to the popularity
of Catasetums to orchidists and chapters 5-7 dedicated to the culture
of adult plants.
The second chapter is an interesting account of the history of the study
of this genus from the 1600's up until today. These descriptions remind
us of the previous taxonomic confusion surrounding these plants, due to
the separate male and female inflorescences on different plants. He also
briefly mentions some of the current day scientists that are working on
the taxonomy and systematics, particularly of Brazilian and Peruvian species.
Unfortunately, there are no citations in this whole chapter, thus making
it difficult for the reader to investigate further the work of any of these
scientists. As most orchid books, there is a general discussion of the
plants themselves, with an extensive section on the `Miracle of Pollination'
(which lacks the scientific rigor of Romero and Nelson's, 1986 description
of pollination; or the discussion of general biology of orchids of Dressler,
The next three chapters of the book displays the practical expertise
of the author, the culture of Catasetum. He describes his own success
with growing these orchids based on specific environmental requirements
(He creates his own system of classifying life zones, which is superficially
similar to Holdridge's classification). The details in these chapters are
exactly what orchid enthusiasts/orchid growers would like to know, how
do I grow different species of Catasetum myself? Unfortunately,
although the author indicates that the seedlings of this species are fast
growing, he does not include a guide to culturing from seed. Overall, helpful
advice for growing these plants, at home, or in a scientific greenhouse
are extensively discussed.
The majority of the book is dedicated to species descriptions. For each
species, descriptions including etymology, citation of the original species
description, general morphology, distribution, habitat, synonyms, field/greenhouse
general identification tips, date of flowering in North America, culture
tips and comments primarily from the author's own experience with the plants
are included. Brief discussions are noted for an additional 62 species.
Unfortunately, unlike Dressler's 1993 book, references to other papers
in the literature are not included. What makes this section particularly
useful to field botanists and orchid hobbyists alike, is that for each
species for which there is a long description, there is either a plate
or a line drawing or both included in the book. The beautiful plates include
a few of the hybrids created by orchid enthusiasts as G. Monnier describes
in an invited chapter.
The final chapter is by H. G. Hills, N. H. Williams and W. M. Whitten
summarizing their many years of scientific research into the fragrances
of Catasetums. A list of sources for purchasing Catasetum plants, a glossary
of botanical terms, a selected bibliography, a selected bibliography and
an extensive index conclude the book.
This handsome, well produced book should attract more attention to the
genus Catasetum. -Courtney J. Murren. Department of Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology and Department of Botany, University of Tennessee,
Knoxville, TN 37996.
-Dressler, R.L. 1981. The orchids: natural history and
classification Harvard Univ. Press. Cambridge, Mass.
-Dressler, R. L. 1993. Phylogeny and classification of
the orchid family Dioscorides Press: Portland, Or.
-Romero, G. A. and C. E. Nelson. 1986. Sexual dimorphism
in Catasetum orchids: Forcible pollen emplacement and male flower competition.
Science. 232: 1538-1540.
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Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of the Washington-Baltimore
Area. Part I, Ferns, Fern Allies, Gymnosperms, and Dicotyledons. Shetler,
Sanwyn G. and Sylvia Stone Orli. 2000. 186pp. Department of Botany, National
Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 20560-0166.
Australian Rainforests: Islands of Green in a Land of Fire. Bowman,
D.M.J.S. 2000. ISBN 0-521-46568-0. (Hard US$85) 345pp. Cambridge University
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Rogers. 2000. ISBN 0-913196-68-1 (Hard US$55.00) 626pp. Hunt Institute
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890.
Britain's Rare Flowers. Marren, Peter. 1999. ISBN 0-85661-114-X
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Current Advances in Mycorrhizae Research. Podila, Gopi K. and
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Flora of China Illustrations: Volume 15: Myrsinaceae through Loganiaceae.
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Plant Cell Vacuoles: An Introduction. De, Deepesh N. 2000. ISBN
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Plant Tissue Culture Concepts and Laboratory Exercises, 2nd
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The Rose's Kiss: A Natural History of Flowers. Bernhardt, Peter.
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with more than 1500 cross-referenced entries, and it's lavishly illustrated,
with nearly 1000 full-color close-ups and micrographs plus several line
drawings and color paintings. Nearly 400 species are illustrated. It's
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students. 220 + vi pages, hard-bound, measuring 6" X 8.5", costing US$39.95,
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Child sizes XS, S, M, L — $12
Long sleeved T-shirts
Adult sizes S, M, L, XL — $16
Cotton canvas — $12
Sizes S, M, L, XL — $25
White with kelly green logo and gold border — $6
Botany for the Next Millennium Posters
Full-color, 16"x 20" beauty — $5
(please include $3 for shipping posters)
All prices (except poster) include $2.00 for postage and handling.
Specify item(s), style(s) and size(s).
Make checks payable to BSA Endowment Fund.
Kim Hiser, Business Manager
Botanical Society of America
1735 Neil Ave.
Columbus OH 43210-1293