PLANT SCIENCE BULLETIN
A Publication of the Botanical Society of America, Inc.
FALL 2000 VOLUME
46 NUMBER 3
The Botanical Society of America: The Society
for ALL Plant Biologists
The Bernhardt Top Ten ..........................................................................................................66
Hershey's Top Ten..................................................................................................................68
News from the Society
YES, WE DID
have a GREAT meeting ......................................................................................69
Reports of Committees, Sections, and Representatives
Past President ..........................71
BSA Meeting Coordinator...........73
American Journal of Botany
Plant Science Bulletin.............75
Committee on Committees........76
Financial Advisory Committee.....78
Karling Award Committee........78
Membership and Appraisal.........79
Moseley Award Committee........79
Pelton Award Committee..........80
Web Page Committee................81
BSA Endowment Fund Priority...83
Developmental & Structural.......84
Economic Botany Section...........84
Tropical Biology Section.............86
Rep. to Assoc.
Review of Open Space at Botany
International Conference on Comparative Biology of Monocotyledons........................90
Positions Available / Fellowships
Fellow, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden..................................................90
University Bullard Fellowship.................................................................................91
Professor, Horticulture, UW-Madison..................................................................91
Rupert Barneby Award................................................................................................91
Institute Eliminates Page Charges for Huntia...................................................................92
A Journey Through
Award - Excellence in Botanical Literature...............................................................93
Amazon Associate Links.........................................................................................................93
BSA Logo Items Available
from the Business Office..................................................................108
BOTANICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
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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
Many of us complain about the deficiencies in the botany textbooks available
to us for use in our classes - particularly at the freshman level. "This"
is missing or "that" is missing; there is too much detail or too little
detail; some of the information is misleading or outright incorrect. So
what are our options? Of course, many of us require or recommend additional
reserve readings or supplemental texts. In many cases this means readings
from the primary literature or perhaps from secondary sources such as Scientific
American. There is an interesting alternative, however, and that is
to use material written for the general lay reader. Not only is this frequently
a source of technically correct botanical information, but it is written
in an engaging style and frequently put into a larger context. In this
issue I asked two botanists who have written extensively in this genre,
or have written extensively about it, to provide a list of their ten favorite
general audience botany books and some background information on how they
use these in their own teaching. Peter Bernhardt has written three such
books. His most recent title, A
Rose's Kiss, is currently in review for the PSB - a review
scheduled for the winter issue. David Hershey has published extensively
in The American Biology Teacher and BioScience on teaching
botany more effectively in school and college classrooms. It is interesting
to note that while both Drs. Bernhardt and Hershey provide lists of potential
supplemental readings, such works can, in fact, form the backbone of readings
in successful (and ultimately content-rich) freshman-level courses (Sundberg,
unpublished). But that is another topic. Here are Peter and David's thoughts-
For the past 15 years I have used popular books on plant life in general
botany, upper division and graduate courses. However, I have gradually
eliminated lists of "recommended reading" from all of my syllabi. It's
my experience that books listed as "recommended" are almost never read
by the students. Therefore, some popular books have become part of a course's
required reading list. I feel no guilt as books produced by a commercial
press are usually far cheaper than standard texts.
Popular works are also offered as "references" during labs or as introductory
materials during "workshop" sessions. My three upper-division courses (Pollination
Biology, Ethnobotany, and The Biology and Classification of Orchids) must
function without labs. Lecture hours actually break down into true lectures
followed by field trips and workshops in which students are expected to
examine and dissect specimens or make wet mounts. Popular books are extremely
useful at these moments for two, overlapping reasons. First, they provide
easy access to the history of a discipline. Second, they relieve a certain
amount of student anxiety before they are introduced to unfamiliar concepts,
techniques and organisms. No student feels intimidated by the topic of
Phenology after thumbing through Mabel Osgood Wright's Flowers and Ferns
in Their Haunts. Workshop sessions are also augmented by reprints from
more general periodicals including American Scientist, Natural History,
The New York Times and defunct magazines like Garden.
Readers will ask, "Do I use my own books in these courses?" Of course
I do but, due to the workshop motif, I need not ask a student to purchase
copies of anything I've written. My most recent book, The
Rose's Kiss (1999) has been useful as an introduction to the optics
and biochemistry of flower pigments and scents. Selected chapters in Wily
Violets & Underground Orchids (1989, 1990) offer bits on the
history of Orchidology while two chapters in Natural
Affairs (1993) treat heterostyly and the biology of nectar, respectively.
Below is a list of ten of what I've found are the most dependable books
for certain courses. In fact, I could have compiled a list exceeding ten
selections but I've restricted the list to books that can perform in more
than one course and of those that students will appreciate because they
help answer very specific questions. I will not apologize for using books
for workshops that are long out of print. I've been collecting botany,
natural history, and horticulture books at second-hand shops since I was
12. College students should be in a position to exploit some of their professor's
1) Barth, Friedrich G. 1985. Insects
and Flowers; The Biology of a Partnership. Princeton University
Press, Princeton, New Jersey. I have used this book in Pollination Biology
courses in conjunction with a drier, more technical textbook such as A.J.
Breeding Systems. Upper division and graduate students appreciate
Barth's extensive use of color photography, pen and ink drawings. Barth's
prose is relatively devoid of terminology.
from Wright`s -Flowers and Ferns in Their Haunts
2) Brodie, Harold J. 1975. The
Bird's Nest Fungi. University of Toronto Press, Toronto and Buffalo.
A personal favorite offered during the fungus labs in my general botany
course (B1-326) as students are expected to distinguish between the structural
morphology and life cycles of gasteromycetes and hymenomycetes. St. Louis
suburbs have experienced population explosions of bird's nest fungi in
recent years due to bulldozing dead wood into dark ravines and over application
of chip wood mulches sold in most nurseries. The easy to follow figures
and text help explain both our prepared slides and spirit collections of
3) Cox, Paul A. 1997. Nafanua;
Saving the Samoan Rain Forest. W. H. Freeman & Co. Upper-division
students responded positively to the more humorous passages in this book
that discussed the active role of a botanist in conservation. I plan to
make this required reading the next time I teach Ethnobotany.
4) Darwin, Charles. 1984. The
Various Contrivances by Which Orchids are Fertilised by Insects.
University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, second edition revised
with a new forward by Michael Ghiselin. Selected sections are assigned
to students in Pollination Biology and The Biology of and Classification
of Orchids before we take our annual field trip to the orchid show at the
Missouri Botanical Garden. I also give them Darwin's little equation of
how many generations it would take for one species to cover the planet
if all the offspring produced by a helleborine orchid (Epipactis)
5) Hollingsworth, Buckner. 1958. Flower Chronicles. Rutgers University
Press, New Brunswick, N.J. This book is used in conjunction with Segal
(1990, see below) to stress the spread of plants via cultural diffusion.
Hollingsworth emphasizes the historical use of flowers as medicines, dyes,
perfumes, and flavorings before they were exploited for ornamental purposes.
Her treatment of the history of "tulipomania" is particularly interesting
especially her documentation of the many items traded for a single bulb.
6) Mann, John. 1994. Murder
Magic and Medicine. Oxford University Press Inc., New York (paperback
edition). Much loved by students taking Ethnobotany as it unites plant
secondary compounds with their historical "abuses". The section on witchcraft
and the vaginal application of alkaloid-rich "flying ointments" never fails
to bring down the house.
7) Nabhan, Gary Paul. 1993. Songbirds
Truffles and Wolves; an American Naturalist in Italy. Pantheon
Books, New York and San Francisco. Nabhan has written far more important
books tying cultures to both their cultigens and native vegetation but
this book offers the simplest introduction to the role of cultural diffusion
in plant distribution. A graduating senior (a double major in Art and Biology)
took a copy with him on his vacation in Italy.
8) Randolph, Vance. 1947. Ozark
Magic and Folklore. Dover Publications Inc., New York (paperback
edition). This book has proven to be invaluable when invited to address
the first year medical students taking a course in Alternative Medicine
at the St. Louis U. Medical School. The text teaches students the vernacular
such as difference between "yarbs" (wild medicinal herbs) for teas (infusions)
oozes (decoctions) illustrating the fine line between folk medicine and
9) Segal, Sam. 1990. Flowers
and Nature. Hijink International b.v., Amstelveen, The Art Gallery
of New South Wales, Australia. The book is based on an exhibition of Dutch
and Flemish still lifes (representative paintings and illustrations from
1500-1986) that toured the Pacific rim. Plants and animals in each painting
have been identified to species. Students viewing these plates are given
the opportunity to see artistic documentation of the introduction of tropical
fruit to Europe, products of early glasshouse culture and can contrast
wild species to early varieties and hybrids. Some paintings depict eurasian
plant in bloom according to season. The book is especially useful when
used in conjunction with text from Hollingsworth (1958, see above).
-from Wright`s Flowers and Ferns in Their Haunts
10) Wright, Mabel, Osgood. 1928. Flowers and Ferns in Their Haunts.
The Macmillan Company, London, second edition. Graduate students appreciate
this book when they are introduced to the role of phenological studies
in Plant Ecology and Systematics. Wright's prose, early photographs, sepia
drawings, and extensive descriptions of the flora of New England make this
book more accessible to an American classroom than the seminal work of
Gilbert White. Readers who are interested in the prospect of a third edition
should write editors at Timber Press.
Popular botany books, including the vast gardening/horticultural literature,
provide a rich source of supplemental readings for a botany course. Popular
books allow exploration of areas typically not covered in botany texts
or allow a particular subject to be explored in greater depth. Popular
books also tend to be less dry than textbooks so may better hold a student's
interest. In this list I have included books with excellent illustrations.
1) Johnson, Lady Bird and Lees, Carleton B. 1988. Wildflowers
Across America. New York:Abbeville Publishing. (288 pp.) I am fairly
certain this is the only botany book ever coauthored by a former First
Lady but the hundreds of color photos actually are the main attraction.
Topics covered include the history of plant exploration, regional wildflowers
and the landscape beautification movement.
2) Mee, Margaret. 1988. Margaret Mee: In
Search of Flowers of the Amazon Rain Forest. Suffolk, England:
Nonesuch Expeditions. (303 pp.) Starting at age 47 in 1956, Margaret Mee
spent 32 years exploring the Amazon as a botanical artist to document new
species. Her dairies and artwork provide a unique story of the adventures
of a modern botanical artist/explorer and the rain forest destruction she
3) Hepper, F. Nigel (editor). 1982. Royal
Botanic Gardens Kew: Gardens for Science and Pleasure. Owings Mills,
MD: Stemmer House. (195 pp.) The history, plant collections, and current
research of one of the world's great botanic gardens are examined in this
well illustrated volume. Research projects discussed in depth include seed
banks, plant exploration and conservation, and crocus.
4) Lewington, Anna. 1990. Plants
for People. New York: Oxford University Press. (232pp.) This is
a popular economic botany book but with lavish color illustrations not
found in college economic botany textbooks. Plants are examined by use
as toiletries, foods, clothing, medicines, entertainment, and transportation.
5) Vertrees, J.D. 1987. Japanese
Maples. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. (189 pp.) A world expert
details the history, taxonomy, cultivation, propagation, and over 250 cultivars
of Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum, both valued as landscape trees or
shrubs for their stunning leaves. This book is representative of hundreds
of color illustrated horticultural books examining a cultivated species
or all or part of a cultivated genus.
6) Camus, Josephine M., Jermy, A. Clive and Thomas, Barry A. 1991. A
World of Ferns. London: Natural History Museum. (112 pp). The shortest
book in this list but a top notch introduction to the biology and diversity
of ferns, with a few other seedless plants included here and there. Most
of the book examines ferns by habitat including wetlands, tropics, arid
zones, temperate zones,
mountaintops and polar areas. There are also sections on the fossil
record, fern myths, economic uses, and cultivation.
7) Attenborough, David. 1995. The
Private Live of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behaviour. Princeton,
NJ: Princeton University Press. (320 pp.) A wide-ranging discussion of
plants based on the popular six-part BBC TV series. Among the topics covered
are seed dispersal, carnivorous plants, unusual plant-pollinator relationships,
ant plants, parasitic plants, and aquatic plants. Not to be confused with
the psuedoscientific Secret Life of Plants.
8) Hewes, Jeremy Joan. 1981. Redwoods:
The World's Largest Trees. New York: Gallery Books. (192 pp.) The
main focus is Sequoia sempervirens, its natural history, taxonomy, exploitation,
and protection. Dawn redwood and giant sequoia are examined to a lesser
extent. Superb illustrations including many archival photos of early redwood
9) Slack, Adrian. 1980. Carnivorous
Plants. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. (240 pp.) Perhaps the best
illustrated of the many popular books on carnivorous plants even though
the majority are black and white photos. Describes over 50 species, focusing
on trap mechanics and cultivation.
10) Lampe, Kenneth F. and McCann, Mary Ann. 1985. Handbook
of Poisonous and Injurious Plants. Chicago: American Medical Association.
(432 pp.) This is a useful and fascinating identification manual of poisonous
plants with over 400 color photos plus chapters on general management of
plant poisoning, plant dermatitis and mushroom poisoning. About 150 poisonous
genera are profiled in detail including toxic part, toxin, symptoms and
News from the Society
DID have a GREAT meeting in Portland!
(If you weren't there - - you should have been!)
Wayne Elisens, Jeff Osborne, and all the organizers, presenters and
participants deserve a round of applause from the entire Society. Nearly
600 talks and posters were presented in BSA-sponsored sessions in addition
to those sponsored by co-meeting societies. For the first time in decades
we had a cohesive conference of all participating societies. It was a "smaller"
meeting than we experienced at many past gatherings under the AIBS umbrella.
Perhaps because of this it seemed friendlier and more personal. If the
Portland meeting is any indicator of things to come, we can anticipate
future meetings with lots of interactions between all participants, whether
presenting or simply attending. What a great way to gather with friends
There were very few conflicting sessions between similar society sections
and there was a single conference-wide poster session - including a new
"Recent Topics" section. The coordination between participating societies
was immediately evident from the format of the final program. A uniform
numbering system for all sessions of all societies, along with the "Program-at-a
graphic and "Scientific Program-at-a-Glance," made it easy for participants
to plan and follow a daily schedule. Perhaps the only down side to the
conference is that many presenters used their full allocated time and,
at least in the sessions I attended, there was no time for questions or
only a single question was allowed. The Developmental and Structural Section's
"Open Space" provided a prescient mechanism for questions and discussions.
Hopefully this format will be expanded at future meetings. All-in-all it
was a very productive meeting - - and lots of fun too! Start planning
now for Albuquerque, August 12-16, 2001! -editor
(IOPB will meet with us)
Reports of Executive Committee, Editors, Committees,
Sections, and Representatives
(NOTE: All reports, except those of the Business Manager, are available
electronically in their entirety at http://www.botany.org/bsa/membership/2000reports/
-Prepared Fall letter
-Official letters to all new committee members
-Official letter of thanks to former committee members
-Appointed Publications Committee (new)
-Appointed Annual Meeting Coordination Committee (new)
-Appointed two ad hoc committees (Development, Endowment)
-Official letters to new Corresponding Members
-Wrote letters to Governors of Kansas and Tennessee regarding the teaching
-Formulate Associate Editor policy for the Amerian Journal of Botany
-Letters of invitation to government officials to provide official
opening of BSA meeting in Portland:
-Letters of invitation to other societies for Portland
-Letters of invitation to other societies for Albuquerque-Corresponded
with presidents of ASPT, ABLS, AFS regarding meeting plans (increase support
and alleviate misconceptions about "cost sharing')
-An initial strategic Plan for BSA was developed to establish future
goals and priorities for the society.
-A series of information Papers was established to be added to BSA
website. The goal of the series is to provide the facts and information
behind various (controversial) topics. The first two contributions will
be provided by Dr. R. Mack on Invasive Species and Dr. C. S. Prakash on
Genetically Modified Organisms.
-Several by-law changes were proposed and approved.
-Gary Nabhan invited to be the Plenary speaker in 2001.
-Final appointments made to webpage, Publications and Annual Meeting
-The new Editor of PSB, Marshall Sundberg, began his term of service
(Jan 1, 2001). Marsh was chosen by a committee composed of Allison Snow
(chair), Donald Galitz and Joe Armstrong.
-Wayne Elisens and Carol Baskin visited possible sites in Florida for
our meeting in 2003.
-Bill Dietrich chosen as the outreach speaker for the meetings in Portland.
-Presidents of PSPT, ABLS, AFS, and IAPT were invited to participate
in opening ceremony of Portland meeting. Tod Steussy agreed to sit in for
G. Prance to represent the IAPT at the opening ceremony.
-Publication of Abstracts in AJB will be discontinued. Abstracts will
be printed separately and the monetary savings dedicated to "Special Publications/Initiatives."
The Publications Committee (Judy Jernstedt, Chair) was notified of this
EC decision and given the responsibility of planning for this "Special
Publications/Initiatives" in 2001.
-Illegal use of copy written material (involving Wendy Zomlefer's illustration
of Rosa palustris) is discussed and the problem rectified through the efforts
of Wayne Elisens and Clyde Calvin. I discussed the problem with Wendy and
wrote a formal letter of apology in which all of Wendy's concerns are addressed.
-Tim Lowrey agreed to be local representative for the 2001 BSA meetings
in Albuquerque, N.M. Diane Marshall later agreed to assist as a second
-The late Drs. Richard and Deana Klein provided a sizable contribution
to BSA endowment ($200,000)
-Letters of thanks were sent to David Marvin for handling the Klein
estate and notifying BSA of the contribution of R. and D. Klein
-AJB Endowment effort _ Karl Niklas initiated a fund-raising effort
to support the growing needs and future plans of the AJB. This effort has
now been coordinated with the fund-raising efforts of the FAC (Harry Horner,
-The BSA organized its own meeting for the first time in many years
(through the hard work of Wayne Elisens). Conferon was enlisted to assist
with this undertaking. Wayne and I signed numerous contracts with Conferon
and Portland State University. Wayne was given permission by EC to sign
contracts as needed (rather than redirecting these to the President)
-The Presidents of ASPT, ABLS, and AFS were again notified that no
"profit sharing" is to be implemented regarding the Portland meetings.
The Presidents of these societies are also notified of the perks they will
initially receive (Registration waiver, free space at conference center,
etc). The topic of profit sharing can be addressed again after the success
of the Portland meeting is evaluated.
-Wayne Elisen's daughter, Karen, was hired to assist in Portland.
-New BSA office staff person was designated as a high priority item.
Ed Schneider provided a job description. This position will be filled in
the fall of 2000.
-Prepared Spring letter
-Doug Soltis, President
Past President's Report
The Past President chairs the Corresponding Member Committee, Election
Committee and the Plenary Session Committee (see separate reports), evaluates
nominations for the Young Botanist Awards and organizes the Past President's
1) Plenary Session Committee. Members of the Committee were Clyde Calvin
(Local Representative, Portland State University), Wayne Elisens (BSA),
Chris Haufler (ASPT), Barbara Hoshizaki (AFS) and Brent Mishler (ABLS).
The primary function of the Committee was to find a speaker for the opening
session of Botany 2000 in Portland, OR, on 6 August. The Committee was
very pleased that Elliot M. Meyerowitz (California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena) agreed to give this address. His title is "Genes, genomes, and
plant developmental biology."
2) Young Botanist Awards. Thirty-four nominattions were received for
Young Botanist Awards in 2000. Twenty-one students were awarded the CERTIFICATE
OF SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT, and 13 were awarded the CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION.
Kim Hiser took care of sending the letters and certificates, and I really
appreciate her efforts.
3) Past President's Symposium. Wayne Elisens suggested that the Past
President's Symposium should be the Theme Symposium for Botany 2000 rather
than a symposium on a specific research area. Thus, the title of the symposium
is "New frontiers in botany," which is the theme of the meeting. The speakers
are: Peter R. Crane, "Paleobotany: Back to the future"; Michael J. Donoghue,
"Frontiers in phylogenetic biology"; Douglas W. Schemske, "Ecological genetics
of adaptation and speciation: Merging the old and the new"; and Tamara
Ledley, "Global climate change: An earth system perspective."
-Carol C. Baskin, Past-President
The following list summarizes my activities as BSA Secretary during
the 1999-00 year.
1. I sent names of Society and affiliated award winners announced at
the 1999 annual social to Joe Leverich, PSB Editor, for publication. Where
appropriate, I sent the titles of the awardees' presentations.
2. I maintained correspondence directed to the BSA Secretary.
3. I made copies of all meeting agendas, minutes, reports, and formal
correspondence from the 1998-99 year for deposition at the BSA Business
Office in Columbus, OH, and in the BSA Archives at the University of Texas,
4. I collected (electronically) the annual reports of all Officers,
Editors, Section Chairs, and Committee Chairs, compiled them, and posted
them on the BSA webpage. Thanks to Scott Russell for preparing the site.
5. I established a file of templates for all correspondence and documents
routinely used by the Secretary. The file will be passed on to Jennifer
Richards, BSA Secretary-Elect following this year's annual meeting.
6. I initiated the revision of the BSA Officers' Handbook. With so many
of the Officers' activities being conducted electronically, many of the
responsibilities described are outdated. In addition, the BSA now has a
Webmaster and a Meeting Coordinator, and the duties of these Officers have
not been formally described. The revised booklet will be completed in time
for the 2001 elections.
7. Most of the Secretary's duties fall in the summer. These include
helping to plan the BSA Council and Business Meetings and the agenda for
the BSA Banquet, distributing the agenda for the Council meeting, coordinating
the receipt and distribution of reports for the Council meeting, and coordinating
the Society and affiliated awards.
8. Following this year's meeting, I will conclude my duties as BSA Secretary
a. filing the award winners' names with PSB Editor Marsh Sundberg
b. preparing the minutes of the 2000 Business Meeting for the Fall
c. filing copies of all Secretary's documents from 1999-00 with the
BSA Business Office and the BSA Archives
d. transferring all materials to Jennifer Richards, Secretary-Elect
9. Thank you to the BSA for the opportunity to serve the Society. My
term as Secretary has been a very rewarding experience!
-Pamela S. Soltis, Secretary
The financial position of The Botanical Society of America remains
strong. The BSA Endowment Fund assets, invested through Salomon Smith Barney
(SSB) as of June 27, 2000 include:
Money Funds & Dividends .....$ 239,259.35
Mutual Funds ...... . . . . . . . . $1,553,233.06
Certificates of Deposit ........... . $ 75,000.00
The BSA Endowment fund, including special accounts, has grown 31% since
June, 1999 ($1,423,622) and has grown 111% since its inception 6.5 years
ago (12/93; $884,317). This represents an average increase of about 17%
Cash assets held at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust as of May 31, 2000
Non-Profit Checking Account ...$ 38,724.95
Business Savings ......................$149,296.09
* A current and detailed Financial Statement will be distributed at
the Executive and Council meetings
Change to the new fiscal year (October 1 _ September 30), as approved
by the membership, was completed with submittal of IRS forms, declaring
July 1, 1999- _ September 30, 1999 a short fiscal year. The budget for
the new fiscal year mirrored the budget approved during the 1999 BSA Council
meeting for FY 1999-2000.
Close cooperation continues between the BSA Business Office in Columbus,
Ohio, Mary Dawson, the BSA Certified Public Accountant, and the Treasurer's
Office. Approximately 150 checks for routine bills and awards were distributed
from the Treasure's Office. Most requests for checks utilized the Electronic
Check Request available at the following site:
Quarterly reports to the BSA Council, section, and special fund chairs/officers
were posted electronically for the first time. The BSA financial statements
can be accessed at HYPERLINK http://admin.botany.org/budget.
The financial statements for section and special fund accounts will be
updated on a bimonthly basis. Sectional cash accounts beginning with the
third quarter in FY 1998-99 have continued to be awarded 2% per quarter;
8% per annum with balances of $1,000. Special Funds with a balance of $2,500
have been earning the equivalent rate as the Soloman Smith Barney BSA Mutual
Fund investments beginning with the third quarter in FY 1998-1999. Rates
for the first third quarters of the new fiscal year have been 17.2%, 3.8%,
and _4.7 % for a return of 16.3%.
The annual performance evaluation of the Business Manager, Kim Hiser,
was completed by the Executive Committee and Treasurer.
MasterCards under the Botanical Society of America name are now held
by the Business Manager and the BSA Treasurer. These have a $5,000 allowance
and are used primarily to reduce the number of checks that need to be written
and speed up payment times on BSA purchases.
The BSA has received a generous gift of more than $200,000 (last payment
to made Fall 2000) from the estate of Richard and Deana Klein, longtime
members of the BSA. Two articles were featured in the last PSB dealing
with their gift and the Endowment Fund. The BSA Financial Advisory Committee
will finalize the development of a planned giving brochure ready for distribution
by the end of 2000.
The development of a Job Description for the new full time BSA office
staff member (Title: Administrative & Meeting Assistant) was coordinated
by the Treasurer and submitted to Ohio State University for processing.
It is anticipated that the new staff member will be hired and ` in place'
sometime this fall.
All members are encouraged to submit budget ideas during the annual
call for budget requests made in June/July of each year. This year $27,841.00
of special Initiative/project money will be made available from interest
earned from the BSA Endowment Fund.
Recommended Actions for FY 2000 2001
As the BSA Treasurer I recommend that the Society conduct an `operational
audit' of the Business Office.
-Ed Schneider, Treasurer
BSA Meeting Coordinator
I. BOTANY 2000 MEETING
1. The amount of work greatly exceeded projections and quickly superseded
the personnel and clerical support of the BSA business office, committees,
and officers. A recommendation was forwarded to the EC indicating that
additional full-time help was required in the Business Office to assist
with meetings-related items.
Key personnel for Botany 2000 include: Clyde Calvin (BSA local rep),
Keith Karoly (Botany 2000 Fieldtrip Coordinator), and Caroline Spinner
(Conferon Account Planner). David Kramer coordinated staffing for the BSA
booth. Since March 2000, Ms. Johanne Stogran, working out of the BSA business
office, has been coordinating exhibitions and several other aspects of
the meeting. Ms. Kim Hiser has been assisting with meeting logistics and,
along with Ed Schneider, has been overseeing the meeting account and bookkeeping.
2. BSA contractual obligations — BSA is the responsible financial organization
for the planning and implementation of the Botany 2000 conference.
3. Meeting-related publications and giveaways — Major publications undertaken
for Botany 2000 included: Exhibitor Prospectus (600 printed in Norman,
OK; mail/fax to 250 potential exhibitors), Registration Brochure (5000
printed in Columbus, OH; mailed to members of all participating societies),
Abstract supplement (printed as an AJB supplement), the Final Program (1000
printed in Portland, OR; handed out on-site to conference registrants),
and the Final Program Addendum. Giveaways printed for the conference included
1100 zippered tote bags with the conference logo and 1100 3-ring binders
with the logo.
4. Exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors — There were 16 paid exhibitors;
complimentary booths were provided for AFS, ASPT, and BSA (ABLS declined).
Botany 2000 and the ESA meeting were direct competitors for exhibitors.
5. Budget Preparation, Revenue Projections, and Financial Accounting
— A full meeting budget was prepared based on anticipated expenses for
meeting functions. To date, registration numbers and exhibition sales are
at 80% of projections, although the online vs. mail/fax and student vs.
regular registrant percentages were close to predictions (82% and 32% respectively).
A full financial report on the conference budget will not be ready until
6. Conference Lodging — Projected bookings at contracted hotels were
affected by the registration shortfall. BSA is responsible for any lost
revenue (the `attrition' clause) on only the peak night (Monday).
BOTANY 2001 MEETING:
12-16 August, Albuquerque Convention Center, NM
Current status — Contracts are signed for four hotels. There are no
dorm rooms available, although a motel block was obtained at $68 sgl/dbl.
Participating societies are the ABLS, AFS, ASPT, BSA, and IOPB. With IOPB,
attendance projections should be greater than Botany 2000. The BSA local
rep is Tim Lowrey.
BOTANY 2002 MEETING:
2-7 August, University of Wisconsin Pyle & Lowell Conference Centers
Current status — Letter of agreement is signed with University of Wisconsin
conference centers for use of meeting rooms, space in the UW Union, and
campus hotels and dorm space. Contracts are pending for nearby hotels.
Participating societies: AFS, ASPT, BSA, CBA/ABC. We recommend that PSA
and IAWA be given renewed invitations to attend. Local rep is Ray Evert,
with strong support from the UW Botany Department. utilize UW conference
services to assist with staging the meeting.
BOTANY 2003 MEETING:
Recommendation — 27-31 July, Mobile Convention Center, AL.
Site visits for 2003 meeting venue — Carol Baskin and I conducted site
visits to Jacksonville, FL and Mobile, AL in May, 2000.
Summary of recommendation to contract with Mobile — The primary DISADVANTAGES
may be the hot and humid weather in Mobile in July, and the relative scarcity
of BSA members in and around Mobile. The ADVANTAGES of Mobile as a meeting
site are the following: 1) Cost of lodging; 2) Placement of hotels and
meeting site; 3) Ease of staging; 4) Good botanical resources and interest;
5) Outstanding potential to interface with additional societies such
as PSA, AABGA, and/or the Society of Wetland Scientists; and 6) Interesting
history, cuisine, and attractions within walking distance of convention.
BOTANY 2004 MEETING
Sites under consideration — St. Paul, MN (good facilities and local
support); Spokane, WA; Salt Lake City, UT; Reno, NV. Site visits have been
conducted to St. Paul and Reno.
- Wayne Elisens, Meeting Coordinator
The Scientific Program for Botany 2000
Summary Information. All BSA disciplinary Sections have some function(s)
scheduled at Botany 2000 except for the Mycological and Tropical Botany
Sections. Detailed schedules for the sectional programs are presented in
the Final Program. However, summary information for the number of presentations
and sessions for the entire conference is presented below.
Total number of presentations 597
Contributed papers 394
Symposium presentations 49
Special lectures and addresses 5
Regular submissions 119
Recent Topics 30
Total number of sessions 49
Contributed papers 40
New for the 2000 Meeting. As Botany 2000 is the first annual meeting
in many years that the BSA has completely organized, many planning aspects
were new. However, several major changes and new features were incorporated
into the scientific program for the 2000 meeting.
Program organization. Rather than each participating society having
separate listings in the Final Program with different session numbers that
are variously cross-referenced, as has been done in the past, the scientific
program for the entire meeting in chronologically listed with conference-wide
session numbers. The days of the week are clearly indicated by vertical
tabs on the page edges. In addition, components of the scientific program
are presented in five `At-a-Glance' sections. The intent of these changes
is to make the scientific program more cohesive for the conference as a
whole and to make the Final Program a more user-friendly document.
Recent Topics posters. A new poster session was introduced for Botany
2000 with an extended abstract submission deadline. `Recent Topics' is
designed to accommodate research results that may not have reached fruition
by the March deadline. Abstracts were accepted on a first-come, first-served
basis until all available poster slots (40) were filled, or by an absolute
deadline of 15 July 2000. Thirty posters were submitted and, of these,
only three presenters already had another presentation(s) scheduled for
Single, conference-wide poster session. A single, conference-wide poster
session was included into the scientific program, with sectional posters
grouped together. The intent was to schedule the poster session at a time
when no other conflicting paper or symposium sessions would be scheduled.
However, this goal was not realized for Botany 2000.
Public Outreach Lecture. In order to begin expanding the educational
and outreach components of the Society's mission, a public outreach lecture
was incorporated into the program for Botany 2000. The Lecture is free
and open to the Portland-area public. The Lecture is also sponsored by
Portland State University, who is helping to advertise the event both locally
Future Annual Meetings
2001 _ Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Calls. The "Call for Symposia," "Call for Workshops," and "Call for
Field Trips" for the 2001 Annual Meeting were distributed in the BSA-wide
Spring 2000 mailing and posted on the website. The "Call for Papers" will
be distributed in the BSA-wide Fall 2000 mailing, as well as posted on
Abstract Volume. Beginning in 2001, I support no longer publishing the
abstracts of the annual meeting as a supplement to the American Journal
of Botany. This change will afford significant cost savings, more flexibility
in the timing and presentation of abstracts, and potentially a later deadline
2002 _ Madison, Wisconsin. The Executive Committee has approved a proposal
to expand the educational and outreach components of the annual meeting,
with the hope of beginning in 2002. The expanded format will include a
separate meeting that focuses on educational and outreach issues on Friday
and Saturday, but that is linked to the annual scientific meeting on Sunday
via workshops and field trips. I will be working with a separate `planning
committee' and the Education Committee to organize the new meeting. In
addition, disciplinary Sections will have the opportunity to play an important
role in the new meeting.
-Jeffrey M. Osborn, Program Director
The American Journal of Botany
1. Publication status
MS Received Total Pages
1999 - 2000
1998 - 1999
1997 - 1998
1996 - 1997
1995 - 1996
On average, 150 pages per issue; 16 papers et al. per issue; 9.5 pages
per article. Does not include TOC, indices, ads, etc. 2173 regular papers;
7 brief communications; 3 special papers; 6 book reviews.
2. Current manuscripts
99,2000 1998,99 1997,98
Accepted or at Allen Press
Out for review
(Does not include 64 `split decision manuscripts currently out for
revision by authors)
3. Current production schedule
1999-2000 1998-99 1997-98
Receipt to final editorial decision
Receipt to publication
Out of the 325 manuscripts received in this time period, ~50% were accepted,
~ 30% were declined, and ~20% received `split reviews' (subsequent rejection
rate is ~ 45%).
4. Highlights: Effective with the August 2000 issue, I have decrease
the size of our Times Roman font to reduce the time of receipt to publication
since this change is projected to save ~ 15 pages per issue, which translates
into ~ 17 or 18 additional manuscripts that can be published per year.
5. Recommendations: Raise an endowment to subsidize the production of
the AJB. Reduce backlog by increasing pagination. Reinvest savings. E.g.,
we can save ~$5,500 per year by changing to 50 paper-grade. The savings
could be reinvested to pay for additional pages. E.g., sell more on-line
advertisement space (within legal limits). Institutional subscriptions
continue to decline. Nonetheless, free on-line access to the AJB should
- Karl J. Niklas, Editor-in-Chief
Plant Science Bulletin
Volume 45. 1999.
1. Four issues, 120 pages, were published on schedule. This was down
slightly from the 140 pages published in 1998, but it is comparable to
2. 102 items (books, CD-ROMs, Videos) were received for review; 43 reviews
were published. Again, this was down slightly from the 133 items received
and 62 published reviews the previous year.
3. Four articles were published as well as News from the Society and
Announcements as received.
4. The PSB continued to be posted on the BSA web-page following publication.
5. Joe Leverich completed a very successful five-year tenure as editor
and turned over responsibilities to Marsh Sundberg, effective 1 January,
Volume 46. 2000
1. Several format changes were implemented with this volume, including:
a new cover page design, a feature lead article has been solicited for
each issue, inclusion of photo illustrations, and production of both a
PDF and HTML format file for the web page. (As of 1 July, there have been
approximately 250 "hits"to the Bulletin in each format.)
2. Two issues, 64 pages, have been published on schedule.
3. 46 items have been received for review; 20 reviews have been published.
4. Lead articles have been on "Growing an Undergraduate Botany and Plant
Pathology Program" and "Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation: A Center
for Science and History." Individuals interested in submitting a lead article
should contact the editor with a prospectus.
-Marsh Sundberg, Editor
Total page requests: 584,844* (from March 4, 1997 to June 30, 2000)
(*no logs for Oct 99-Jan 2000).
Main web site: In June 2000 (the last month for which statistics were
available), there were 30,772 page requests (126,489 total requests) with
logons from 7,711 distinct hosts and 75 countries (5 more than the previous
high). The amount of data downloaded was 790.846 Mbytes (~6MB above the
previous high) or 26.369 Mbytes/day! Number of unique files downloaded:
932. This represents a new high for the number of bytes downloaded and
countries logged. The highest month was May 2000 with 34,184 page requests
(156,522 total requests) with logons from 10,210 unique hosts. Each month
of this year has so far exceeded the monthly counts from 1999. June 1999
had the highest number of different countries of visitors: 70. The highest
daily usage ever was July 28, 1997 when the site was featured as site-of-the-day
by Yahoo!!, receiving 3,966 hits on that day. The second highest was March
1, 2000, with 9751 total requests and 2,402 page requests. A total of 120
countries outside the U.S. have been logged on the BSA website, from January
1998 to the present.
Activity on the BSA image site reflects the academic year. The total
number of pageviews for this site, based on 2400 images from the BSA Teaching
Section's collection, was 24,543 for the last year ending July 25, 2000.
The following chart shows the usage in pageviews per week. Most of the
usage is from North America. Detailed webstats are available from http://usa1.viewstat.nedstatbasic.net/cgi-bin
/viewstat?name=botanyimages and from http://images.botany.org/webstats/
American Journal of Botany Online has now been in operation for
a year. During that time, a total of 200,000 page retrievals occurred in
the last year (~7,100 per week) with a total of 32.35 Gigabytes of data
downloaded (16 GB in the last ~6 months) and >58,000 PDF files (~reprints)
downloaded, with 30,200 in the last ~6 months. Over the last year, growth
has been approximately 100%.
BSA now runs its own webservers, domain name servers, mail service and
security systems. Steve Wolf runs the BSA Directory. In addition to the
time and expense, there are also hacker attacks and constant upgrades and
maintenance to consider as expenses to this undertaking. The task of the
webmaster continues to expand and hopefully aspects of it can be shared
with others. The web version is increasingly becoming the reference site
for the BSA. Future Secretaries of BSA should increasingly archive their
digital correspondence on the web as a means of promoting the dissemination
of information within the BSA membership and leadership.
-Scott Russell, Webmaster
Committee on Committees
BSA Committees for 2000-2001 will be listed in a later issue. They are
available on the web site.
The mandate of the BSA Conservation Committee is to: „accumulate information
on environmental problems, disseminate such information to the membership
at its discretion, and bring matters of significance to the attention of
the Council." Over the past year, the Conservation Committee has endeavored
to address these goals through increased contacts with other conservation
groups, monitoring of activities that pertain to the study of plant conservation,
and evaluation of best strategies for future efforts.
1) Collaboration with other conservation groups to further the protection
and conservation of rare and endangered plants. We have developed stronger
ties with the Plants Program at the International Union for the Conservation
of Nature (IUCN) through the Species Survival Commission and several plant
specialist groups of the IUCN-SSC.
2) Participation in Workshops of the Committee on Recently Extinct Organisms.
While the conservation of still extant species of plants is of primary
importance to the Conservation Committee, assessment of possible extinction
must also be considered when a species has not been observed for some period
of time. The Committee on Recently Extinct Organisms ( http://www.creo.org
conducted a workshop on the development of protocols and mechanisms of
dissemination of information on species that have gone extinct since the
rise of anatomically modern Homo sapiens. The numer ous problems associated
with assessment of extinction status are particularly acute with plants
and the BSA Conservation Committee was asked to participate in a workshop
held in 1999.
BSA members George Yatskievych (Missouri Botanical Garden), Warren
L. Wagner (Smithsonian Institution), and Bill Hahn presented different
perspectives on plant extinction in the US and elsewhere. Portions of these
presentations are available on the CREO web site. Additionally, we are
contributing data to the CREO extinct species database that will be incorporated
into their website.
-William J. Hahn
The Society presently has 50 Corresponding Members, thus the Committee
had no reason to prepare any nominations. -Carol Baskin
The committee continued work on several major projects:
1. Improvement of Pre-College Science Education
Again this year, the Education Committee and the Teaching Section cooperated
in representing the BSA at annual meetings of the National Association
of Biology Teachers in Ft. Worth, TX (October 27-30, 1999) and the National
Science Teachers Association in Orlando, FL (April 6-9, 2000).
NABT: BSA did not have a booth, however, Rob Reinsvold and Ethel Stanley
presented a workshop as part of the program.We will be represented at the
2000 meeting in Orlando.
NSTA: Rob Reinsvold and Ted Gerber staffed the BSA booth. Again this
year the booth was strategically located adjacent to booths sponsored by
ASPP, American Phytopathological Society, Wisconsin Fast Plants, and C-Fern.
This area was dubbed "The Plant Place" by convention partici
pants and was very popular. Conference attendance totaled 20,000 teachers
(of all the sciences) and we had direct contact with approximately 1,000
of them. Visitors to our booth received a handout describing activities
with "15-bean soup!" This outreach was supported by a $10,400 appropriation
to our committee by last year's Council. The success of this outreach effort
attests to the need for expansion of these efforts. If we can find BSA
members who are willing to attend regional conferences of these organizations,
we want to encourage that. Those who have been directly involved with this
outreach are convinced that it is a very effective means of reaching teachers
and that we need to continue this level of involvement. We also need to
expand our commitment to presenting workshops and we need to develop hands-on
activities and other inexpensive teaching materials (e.g., posters) that
can be distributed from our booths.
2. Digitized Botanical Images
The BSA's collection of 35mm slides have been converted into digital
imabes available through the web page. The images went online on August
1, 1999 so have been on our web site, http://images.botany.org/,
for one year. From August 1, 1999 to July 21, 2000 (almost one year of
publication) there have been 24,324 hits on this site! That's an average
of 68 hits per day. The Education Committee wants to expand this collection
and we will repeat the request that appeared in Plant Science Bulletin
asking members to donate their best slides to this project. Scott Russell
expertly maintains this web site and is prepared to digitize and add additional
slides to the collection.
3. Participation in Workshops of Project Kaleidscope (PKAL). David Kramer
and Robert Reinsvold attended a 4-day PKAL workshop, "The Future of Plant
Biology,"at Keystone, Colorado. David presented a description of BSA educational
outreach activities as part of a panel discussion on the role of professional
societies in improving plant biology education. Rob led field trips, not
so much to show us the Colorado flora but to demonstrate field trip techniques
that encourage students to make their own discoveries when we take them
into the field.
4. Calling Attention to the Pedagogical Literature in Plant Biology.
David Hershey, not a member of BSA but a long-time contributor to the pedagogical
literature of botany, published an e-mail list of recent publications in
botanical pedagogy. We asked him to publish this bibliography in Plant
Science Bulletin but he refused! However, Kramer persuaded him to allow
the Education Committee to publish his list and attribute it to him! It
was published as Kramer, David W. 1999. Report: The literature of plant
science education. Plant Science Bulletin Vol. 45 (2) Summer 1999,
5. Symposium at the International Botanical Congress Of course we met
last year with the IBC and Peter Hoch asked BSA to organize a symposium
on botanical pedagogy. We did! Members of the Education Committee and other
BSA members developed the plan and David Kramer was the organizer. "Botanical
Literacy for the Next Millennium: What to Know and How to Know It,"was
the only one of the more than 200 symposia dealing with education. It was
6. Symposium at the Portland BSA Meeting. Don Buckley and David Kramer
organized a symposium, "Using Educational Technology to Foster Learning
7. Poster(s). Teachers need inexpensive materials for their classrooms.
We are currently negotiating with an Ohio artist/photographer to get the
rights to several of his works (serial photos of plant development). Our
plan is that the posters will be printed with the BSA logo and will be
accompanied by printed materials that will explain the content of the poster
and then suggest a number of hands-on activities related to plant development
that can be carried out at several grade levels from K through the university.
8. Future Goals. To publish hands-on, discovery-type plant biology exercises
for use in schools as well as at colleges and universities. To publish
an educational poster and accompanying materials (see above). To publish
web-based case studies in plant biology. To offer assistance to publishers
who are seeking professional review of manuscripts for plant biology and
general biology books. To publish instructions for growing plants in the
classroom with a list of easy-to-grow plants that illustrate various morphological
and/or taxonomic principles. To add images to our online plant image data
base and also to improve the captions on many of the images. To work with
Program Chair Jeff Osborn to develop his outstanding suggestion for a new
format for the 2001 meeting scheduled for the University of Wisconsin.
-David W. Kramer
Elections were held for the offices of President-elect and Secretary,
with two nominees for each office. The Committee greatly appreciates the
fact that all four candidates were willing to serve the Society if elected.
Judy Jernstedt (University of California, Davis) was elected President-elect,
and Jennifer Richards (Florida International University, Miami) was elected
-Carol C. Baskin
Financial Advisory Committee
The FAC has the responsibility of managing the BSA Endowment Fund.
The BSA assets are invested through Salomon Smith Barney (SSB) and are
divided among (as of June 27, 2000):
Money Funds & Dividends $ 239,259.35
Certificates of Deposit
The BSA Endowment fund, including special accounts, has grown 31% since
June, 1999 ($1,423,622) and has grown 111% since its inception 6.5 years
ago (12/93; $884,317). This represents an average increase of about 17%
The FAC did make several changes in the Endowment investments during
the past fiscal year, and it did enter into dialogue with SSB regarding
the management strategy of the BSA Endowment Fund. This dialogue will be
highlighted at a meeting in Portland, OR of the SSB Managers and the FAC.
A variety of topics will be discussed to further improve the investment
portfolio and growth of the Endowment Fund.
The BSA has received a generous gift of more than $200,000 (last payment
to be made Fall 2000) from the estate of Richard and Deana Klein, longtime
members of the BSA. Two articles were featured in the last PSB dealing
with their gift and the Endowment Fund.
The FAC anticipates that the market will remain strong for this coming
year. As a result, it anticipates that the growth of the Endowment Fund
will equal or exceed its present rate.
Recommendation 1: The FAC recommends that $27,841 be used from the Endowment
Income for the `special initiatives' during the 2000-2001 fiscal year,
as determined by the Executive Committee and Council per Guideline 4. (see
Recommendation 2: The FAC recommends that an endowment letter and brochure
be sent out this Fall to selected members of the BSA per Guideline 3. (see
below) for the purpose of solicitation for the Endowment Fund.
Request: The FAC requests a sum of $1500 (actually $1000) to cover the
cost of the brochure, the letter and the postage to mail it to selected
members. $500 has already been provided from discretionary funds to develop
Karling Student Research Award
Purpose and Funding: The Karling Graduate Student Research Award was
instituted by the Society in 1997 with funds derived through a generous
gift from the estate of the eminent mycologist, John Sidney Karling (1897-1994),
and supports and promotes graduate student research in the botanical sciences.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a member of the Botanical Society
of America (BSA), a registered fulltime graduate student, have a faculty
advisor who also is a member of the BSA, and not have won the award previously.
Initially, in 1997, two awards were presented, but
interest in the program was so great that in 1998 the Society began
supplementing funds from interest on the original $10,000 gift with moneys
stemming from proceeds of sales of BSA logo items. In 1998 and 1999, ten
awards were presented annually. In 1999, the Council approved a further
major influx of funding for the program, now renamed the BSA/Karling Graduate
Student Research Award, and authorized up to 15 awards for the 2000 competition.
2000 Submissions: The number of submissions for the 1999/2000 competition
held steady at 43 proposals (equal to the number submitted last year).
As in previous years, the generally high quality of the proposals made
the selection process very difficult. Although several proposals were equally
applicable to two or more disciplinary sections, a summary of the submissions
by primary BSA sectional affiliation is as follows:
- Bryological and Lichenological 1
- Developmental and Structural 1
- Ecological 12
- Economic Botany 2
- Genetics 1
- Paleobotanical 1
- Pteridological 1
- Systematics 20
- Tropical Biology 4
2000 Awards: Fifteen BSA/Karling Graduate Student Research Awards will
be presented at the 2000 BSA banquet. Each awardee will receive a certificate
and a $500 Award.
Membership and Appraisal
In 1999 (see previous annual report), an attempt was made to contact
approximately 320 members of the Botanical Society of America who had previously
agreed to serve as Campus Representatives for the Society — the responsibilities
of Representatives is to distribute recruiting materials and promote membership
in the Society. On average, 65 percent of those contacted responded, with
over 90 percent agreeing to continue in their role as Campus Representatives.
In order to increase the number of Representatives, as well as the campuses
represented all Society members having e-mail addresses were subsequently
contacted requesting their participation on this Committee of Representatives.
As a result of these efforts, the Campus Representatives now comprise 243
individuals representing 47 states and 11 countries. In July 2000, Kim
Hiser (BSA Business Office) informed the Committee that a shipment of new
posters and brochures was anticipated and should be available to mail to
Campus Representatives prior to the beginning of the 2000-2001 academic
year. The Chair of this Committee provided the list of addresses to the
Recommendations: 1) maintain and annually update the database of Campus
Representatives, 2) identify under-represented states, e.g., Minnesota,
and unrepresented institutions, e.g., University of Michigan, from which
"volunteers" should be solicited; and 3) mail materials to Campus Representatives
annually (or every other year), prior to the beginning of the academic
There were two nominations for BSA Merit Awards this year and one was
approved by the committee. The committee is pleased to recommend that the
BSA Merit Award be granted to Dr. Leslie Gottlieb with the following citation.
Dr. Leslie Gottlieb has had a profound impact on the direction of plant
systematics and has been one of the most influential plant evolutionary
biologists over the past several decades. His 1977 paper in the Annals
of the Missouri Botanical Garden, laid the foundation for the intelligent
application of allozyme data in plant systematics. His 1982 paper in Science
is a classic study of the duplication and conservation of isozyme loci
in plants. His 1984 paper in the American Naturalist has been called one
the most important papers in plant evolutionary biology during the past
half century. However, his greatest contribution may have come through
his influence on the careers and research of a substantial number of plant
evolutionary biologists, including many of the people most active in this
field today. Despite the fact that his research has often been more genetic
or molecular in nature, Leslie has remained a botanist at heart.
The Maynard F. Moseley Award was established in 1995 to honor a career
of dedicated teaching, scholarship, and service to the furtherance of the
botanical sciences. No award was presented in 1999 because of the
International Botanical Congress.
After a careful review of a set of strong nominations, the Pelton Award
Committee of the Botanical Society of America has decided to give the year
2000 award to Prof. Ben Scheres. We ask the Conservation and Research Foundation
to act on our recommendation for the Jeanette Siron Pelton Award in Plant
Dr. Scheres is currently a full professor in The Department of Molecular
Cell Biology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He has made important,
and even seminal, contributions to our understanding of root morphogenesis.
Through the application of techniques such as laser ablation and enhancer
traps, he has been able to study the role of cell lineage and the control
of root development, especially in Arabidopsis. Two of his most significant
accomplishments are described below.
To address the idea that root patterning is set up and modified by the
root meristem, Prof. Scheres has elegantly used lasers to ablate certain
cells in lineages just behind the apex. He demonstrated that when a cell
is ablated, that it is replaced by a cell from an adjacent lineage, the
character of that cell is determined by signals coming from the basal portion
of the root. This work thus suggests that pattern and cell specification
in the root apex are influenced by acropetally moving signals, and is not
solely determined by activities of the apical meristem.
Prof. Scheres has also provided new, although controversial, views on
the quiescent center, a population of cells in the root that appears to
be composed of only 4 cells. Scheres has shown that the quiescent center
keeps adjacent initial cells in an undifferentiated, mitotic state. If
a quiescent center cell is destroyed, the contacting initial ceases dividing
and differentiates into the cell type of the file of which the initial
cell is part. This is a most significant finding since it provides for
the first time evidence of a role for the quiescent center in root development.
Ben has also written a number of influential reviews on root development.
These reviews, as is characteristic of his papers, are always carefully
illustrated, and reach out well to the non-specialist. His reviews bring
excitement to the field of root development.
He has been invited to speak at many meetings and symposia, including
the recent International Botanical Congress in St. Louis. He serves as
an Associate Editor of the journal Development, and is now International
Secretary of the International Society for Developmental Biology.
He is deeply involved in graduate education at his university and has a
relatively large group of graduate students for whom he serves as mentor.
We strongly believe that Dr. Scheres is highly deserving of this award.
Two topics have been considered at length by our committee: (1) how
and when to initiate special issues of the American Journal of Botany,
and (2) how to reduce the backlog of accepted manuscripts for the American
Journal of Botany. These are interrelated issues and will involve a
substantial commitment of resources from the Society.
1. Special issues of the American Journal of Botany
a) Background: At the Spring 2000 meeting, the Executive Committee
of the BSA decided to pursue the publication of special issues of the AJB
and charged this committee with devising a possible mechanism to do this.
b) Call for nominations: Nominations for topics for special issues must
be received by a June 1deadline each year. Notices announcing this deadline
and describing the information required for a nomination will appear in
the December/Fall mailing, the Spring mailing, the Plant Science Bulletin,
on the BSA web page, and in the American Journal of Botany. Possible
contents of proposed special issues include BSA meeting symposia, single
topic collections of papers, and review articles. Members, sections, symposia
organizers, and the AJB Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors will be solicited
for suggestions. Nominations must include a detailed outline of the contents
of the proposed issue, including authors, estimated pages, projected illustrations,
and a detailed timeline for submission of manuscripts, for revision of
manuscripts, and for return of page proofs.
c) Selection process: The ad hoc Publications Committee and the Editor-in-Chief
of the American Journal of Botany (already an ex officio member
of the Publications Committee, but for this purpose, a voting member) will
recommend one proposal for publication in a special issue of AJB. Any person
directly involved in a nominated proposal, e.g., as an author, will not
participate in the vote. The results of this process will be reported as
a recommendation to the BSA Executive Committee, who will make the final
selection and determination of whether or not to proceed with
d) Implementation: The first call for nominations for special publications
shall occur when the backlog of accepted ready-for-press manuscripts for
theAJB as been reduced by 75%. The Editor-in-Chief will be asked to supply
the number in the current backlog (the starting point) and to provide periodic
updates indicating the progress in reducing the backlog.
e) Financing: To be funded in part by a portion of the ca. $15,000 savings
(estimated) realized by not printing and distributing the meetings abstracts
as a regular part of the AJB. (Note: Even if we convert to completely electronic
publication of abstracts, which is supported by some although not all of
the Publications Committee, there will still be costs associated with the
abstracts. Thus, not all of the estimated $15,000 will be available for
special issues.) A portion of the annual investment income (ca. $20,000
total) may also be requested for a special issue.
2. Reduction of backlog of accepted manuscripts for the American
Journal of Botany.
a) Background: In spite of the efforts of the Editor-in-Chief, the
Journal of Botany has a large and increasing backlog of manuscripts
which have been accepted for publication, revised by the author(s), and
are in the queue for publication. This backlog has reached an unacceptable
point and will eventually affect the calibre of papers submitted to AJB.
Since the Editor-in-Chief has already implemented changes in font (to save
space), split-review manuscript rejection, and other procedures to encourage
authors to be concise, the only tenable solution appears to be to publish
more pages per issue and volume. In order to make a significant dent in
the backlog of accepted manuscripts, the Publications Committee proposes
that each issue of AJB be increased by 3 signatures, or 48 pages. This
will result in 576 additional pages published in Volume 88 (2001), and
is estimated to clear the backlog in approximately 18 months.
b) Mechanism: A $45,000 addition to the AJB budget for volume 88 (2001)
is proposed. This figure is based on an estimate from Allen Press for 3
additional signatures (48 pages) per issue x 12 issues per year, and includes
related increases in postage and electronic media services that each larger
issue will require.
-Savings from not publishing abstracts in AJB
-Increase in institutional subscription rates generates
for 2001 x 1800 subscribers = $36,000)
-50% of investment income (pending approval
of EC and Council) $10,000
-Gain of estimated 15 pages (KJN) by font change
d) Implementation: Immediately, with the approval of the 2000-2001 BSA
and AJB budgets and the beginning of Volume 88 (Jan. 2001)
Web Page Committee
The past year has been an incredibly busy and dynamic year for the
BSA website. Essentially all aspects of our web service are now done on
in-house on servers controlled by BSA.
Web service record on the botany.org domain:
-BSA website established on the International Thomson Publishing server:
March 4, 1997. Domain purchased 2/3/97.
-BSA Image server (images.botany.org)
opened August 1, 1999
-BSA website moved to the Brooks/Cole Publishing, Inc. server: December
5, 1999. With this change, we lost access to a hot port and therefore all
changes, no matter how inconsequential or how urgent had to be emailed
to a tech. This was in violation of the contract and when we questioned
this near the end of January, we were informed that our free web service
was due to be cancelled anyhow, as the ITP reorganization resulted in increased
cost for web service.
-BSA website and domain name service (DNS) moved to the University
of Oklahoma, under the direction of Scott Russell: February 3, 2000. Soon
thereafter, additional server sites opened, including a BSA administrative
site (admin.botany.org), an announcement site (announce.botany.org)
and two meeting sites (botany2000.org
-BSA Directory moved to California State University-Stanislaus, under
the direction of Steve Wolf: February 10, 2000
Numbers of pages served for botany.org:
1995-96: No records at http://falk.ucdavis.edu/bsa/
1997: 58,994 hits (March 4, 1997 through December
1998: 184,266 hits (January 1, 1998 through December
31, 1998), up 212%
1999: 252,344 pro-rated estimate based on 189,251
(January 1, 1999 through September 30, 1999)*, up
2000: 182,847 pro-rated estimate to 6/30/00 based
on 152,373 hits (February 1, 2000 through June 30, 2000)*, up 45%
Total hits: 584,844 hits (from March 4, 1997 through
June 30, 2000)*
*Logs were unavailable due to change of servers for Oct 1999 through
Jan 2000. Without this interruption, the number of page requests would
have been ~100,000 more).
Other sub-domains and virtual servers of botany.org:
In addition to the http://images.botany.org/
site, there are also some other virtual servers. To handle BSA announcements,
a new server http://announce.botany.org/
has been created. Two meeting sites, http://www.botany2000.org/
are now available for the next two years of meetings.
A summary of webpage request activity on the numerous BSA web servers
is available on the web.
In addition to the activity on the web servers, the domain name servers
have logged over 120,000 requests per week for DNS information.
American Journal of Botany Online service:
A summary of the activity of the American Journal of Botany Online
server run by Highwire Press on behalf of the Botanical Society of America
is available on the web. There was an increase in usership of nearly 100%
in one year. Highwire Press finds these overall statistics surprisingly
high among clients of similar size and mission.
Steve Wolf runs the BSA Directory. He coordinates with Kim Hiser to
make sure that the database is up to date.
BSA now runs its own web servers, domain name servers, mail service,
FTP and security systems. In addition to the time and expense, there are
also hacker attacks and constant upgrades and maintenance to consider as
expenses to this undertaking. The web site continues to expand and hopefully
aspects of it can be shared in coordination with all of BSA's other electronic
Numerous CGI scripts drive a number of automated or semi-automated functions
including the creation of the electronic abstract submission site (~600
abstracts this year). The abstract volume was composed using Perl scripts,
so there was never a `manuscript' in the hardcopy sense. The text was submitted
electronically to the Allen Press FTP site at a savings of over $3,000
"Amazon Associate" links have been added for many of the book-related
online pages of the Plant Science Bulletin, including `Books Received'
and `Book Reviews'. These will return a fraction (from 5% to up to 30%)
of the cost of the linked books to the BSA. The requirement from Amazon.Com
is that a link be directly made to a specific book page. The referral data
is kept within one click of the original reference, so users intending
to benefit BSA by their purchase should immediately add the book to their
shopping cart if they are considering buying it. Simply returning to the
page later may not qualify (as the server may not associate the purchase
with the BSA referral). Funds generated through this means will be available
for support of BSA's general activities, including research grants.
The web versions of documents are increasingly becoming the preferred
reference materials for the BSA. Hopefully, future secretaries of the Society
will help to use the potential of the web site to continue to strengthen
our electronic outreach efforts. The membership of the Council, in general,
is also invited to put materials on the web site, as are the sections.
Additional images are welcomed on the image server. We need people to
prepare the images according to our requirements and upload them to our
servers. Volunteers are desperately needed, as for the original project,
and the webmaster can give guidance on how to mount these.
President Soltis is organizing informational documents on scientific
issues of broad impact and these will be mounted as available. This is
discussed further in his strategic plan.
Future of the BSA Web Site:
"Ask a botanist" is a project that has languished in the midst of other
higher priority projects. People's questions are being answered, but not
in such a coordinated manner. The interface should be operational in 2001
as proposed by President Soltis. I envision this as part web bulletin board
and part listserv. Questions would be asked through the listserv and answered
through a web page. Questions and answers will be threaded at the site
and searchable. Development time for programming will be approximately
Development of a corporate member shopping mall is highly desirable
to attract new corporatemembers. If these turn into partnerships, it will
build our relationships with vendors, which will also spill over into meeting
exhibition and other activities in association with the Society to our
mutual benefit. The level of this activity should be restrained to fitting
within applicable tax laws for an organization of our type and mission.
Upgrade of the machines and the Internet connects would be highly desirable.
I am exploring purchasing a Pentium III system to serve as the primary
web server for BSA and upgrading the Ethernet lines.ue of the service.
The editorships have been on a rotation basis of five years. I feel that
it is also best to have a rotation of webmasters as well. It may be in
the best interests of the Society to establish the position of webmaster
on a similar five year term. I began my service to the Society in the summer
of 1996, with my appobotany.org domain. As of the annual meetings in 2001,
I will be completing my fifth year of service to the Society as webmaster.
A major tem administrator and for special projects, but will not be able
to consider serving as webmaster for another term.
-Scott Russell, Webmaster
BSA Endowment Fund
Our committee makes the recommendations listed below for expenditure
of the 1999-2000 interest from the BSA endowment funds. In carrying our
our charge we first sought suggestions from the BSA membership by placing
the announcement (below) on the BSA website and by circulating it to all
members of the BSA Council. We also sent individual messages to chairs
of BSA committees. In all, we received just seven suggestions for expenditure
of funds and rank these below. One of the most exciting initiatives, proposed
by Joe Armstrong, was to make the BSA a „Botanical Society of the Americas"
and to use our funds to reach out to the Americas south of us by encouraging
memberships and subsidizing subscriptions and travel to annual meetings.
We hope that this initiative will be discussed and acted upon by the Executive
Announcement: The BSA ad hoc committee on the expenditure of the 1999-2000
interest from the BSA endowment funds is seeking suggestions from the BSA
membership on how this year's amount of #23,000 might best be spent. The
Endowment Fund guidelines from the BSA Financial Advisory Committee are:
The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to increase the monetary assets of
the Society in order to provide income to fund major initiatives, travel
grants,>>scholarships, and other activities that enhance the effectiveness
of the Society to fulfill its Mission" Our mission statement (from Article
1 of the BSA bylaws) is: „to sustain and provide improved formal and informal
education about plants; to encourage basic plant research; provide expertise,
direction and position statements concerning plants and ecosystems; foster
communication within the botanical community and between botanists and
the rest of humankind through publications, meetings, and committees. The
ad hoc committee invites all members of the BSA to make recommendations
regarding the expenditure of this year's interest (keeping the above guidelines
in mind!) The committee will then rank these and make our recommendations
to the BSA Executive Committee by March 1, 2000. Please forward your suggestions
to the chair of the committee, Nancy Dengler (email@example.com)
by February 1, 2000.
1. Karling Research awards ($5000). The Society should continue to
award Karling Research awards to the most meritorious graduate student
proposals at the level of recent years or better (10 awards at $500 each).
The committee felt that this was the single most important initiative that
fulfilled the mission of encouraging basic plant research and providing
support for a new generation of botanists and BSA members.
2. Conant Travel Fund ($5000). The Conant Travel fund traditionally
has been used to fund travel to the International Botanical Congresses.
As part of a broader initiative for the BSA to become a „Botanical society
of the Americas", we recommend that funds be made on an annual basis for
travel costs for professionals from less developed countries and/or BSA
member graduate students to attend BSA annual meetings.
3. Subsidy of BSA memberships for botanists in Mexico, Central, and
South America ($5000). Memberships in the BSA and subscriptions to AJB
should be made affordable and accessible to members from throughout the
4. Annual meeting Plenary and Outreach lectures ($5000)
5. American Journal of Botany Special issue ($18,000).
6. Conservation Committee symposium ($2500).
7. Part-time fund raiser ($23,000).
Developmental and Structural
Although our section did not hold a business meeting at St. Louis last
year, we were present, both in the symposia that we sponsored, and in the
students whose registration we paid for. We will be resuming normal activities
with this meeting. We are sponsoring only one Symposium this year, "Open
Space", and will be evaluating its success at the section's annual meeting.
-Jean Gerrath, Section Chair
The section sponsored four symposia at the IBC in 1999. Stephen Scheckler
organized "Archaeopteris, the world's first forest tree", Brenda
Casper organized "Rooting strategies and below ground competition", Carol
Baskin organized "Ecology and evolution of specialized seed dispersal,
dormancy and germination strategies" and Maxine Watson organized "Developmental
phenology and its influence on plant ecology", along with their foreign
co-organizers. Section money was used to defray registration expenses for
the overseas speakers in these symposia. Because of the IBC, there was
no student paper or poster competition in 1999. However, awards ($150 each)
were presented to the 1998 competition winners at the 1999 BSA banquet.
Jochen Schenk, UC Santa Barbara, won the best student paper award for his
presentation "Directional, spatial patterns in a desert community". Bruce
Robart, Illinois State Universiity won for his poster " Double functional
pollination as a transitional stage in the evolution of the beaked floral
form among taxonomic varieties of Pedicularis bractaeosa".
We will again be sponsoring awards for the best student paper and poster
at Botany 2000. Judging this year is to be organized by Pati Vitt of the
Chicago Botanical Garden. Six papers and two posters have been entered
in the competition. These numbers are low. Please encourage your students
to participate in next year's competition. The section also will sponsor
a mixer at Botany 2000.
This year we successfully established a section email. Over the course
of the coming year, we will seek to convert the email list to a web based
listserve and establish links with related listserves established by other
BSA sections and related groups outside of the BSA. This listserve hopefully
will create a means for greater interaction among section members and serve
as an attracter of new members.
Section membership continues to fall. Last year the section dropped
below 500 members. With that drop the allotment to the section from the
BSA General Fund dropped from $1000 to $700. It is critical that we bring
up membership over the com
-Maxine Watson, Chair
The Genetics Section co-sponsored one symposium at the 1999 meeting,
Genome Evolution in Hybrid Plant Species, organized by Malika Ainouche
and Jonathan Wendel.
There was no 1999 Margaret Menzel Award. The Section is still in need
of a Secretary/ Treasurer.
-Jeri Higginbotham, Chair
Economic Botany Section
At the International Botanical Congress in St Louis we hosted a Symposium
titled, " Anthropogenic Plant Migrations: Habitat Transformations by Overt
and Inadvertent Introductions" organized by the past Section president
David Lentz of the New York Botanical Garden, and C. Edelmira Linares and
Robert Bye of the Jardin Botanico del Instiuto de Biologia UNAM. The speakers
included Robert Bye and C. Edelmira Linares, Lawrence Kaplan (Biology Department,
University of Massachusetts, Boston), David Lentz, Daniel Harder (Missouri
Botanical Garden), Richard Mack (Department of Botany, Washington State
University, Pullman), and Deborah Pearsall (American Archeology Division,
University of Missouri, Columbia).
Following the Symposium at the IBC, Felix Coe of Tennessee Technical
University was elected Section Chair replacing David Lentz. We thank David
for his dedication and service to the Section.
The Economic Botany Section will not be hosting a symposium at the Botany
2000 Meeting in Portland nor will we be judging the annual Student Award.
We look forward to strengthening interest in the Section during the coming
year and expect to support a full symposium and continue the Student Award
program in 2001.
Treasurer's Report: As of March 31, 2000 the Economic Botany Section
had $700.00. Of this balance expected expenditures for this year include:
$700.00 to be used for the luncheon to be held on Tuesday, August 8th between
11:30 and 1:00 pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Prof. Walter Lewis of
Washington University will be the speaker at the luncheon.
-Daniel Harder, Secretary
The Paleobotanical Section currently has 344 members (259 regular members,
13 emeritus regular members, 51 affilliate members, 5 emeritus affiliate
members, and 16 honorary members. Current officers are James Basinger,
Chair; Steven Manchester, Secretary-Treasurer; Patrick Herendeen, Editor,
with new Chair and Editor to be elected at the 2000 Business Meeting of
the Paleobotanical Section.
This year the Section provided ten travel awards of $1000 each to student
members of the Paleobotanical Section presenting papers at the 6th International
Organization of Paleobotany Conference (IOPC) in Qinhuangdao, China (July
31-August 3, 2000). In addition to our participation in the IOPC, the section
has an active program for Botany 2000, including 53 contributed papers
and posters submitted by members of the Paleobotanical Section. A paleobotanical
dinner has been organized for Monday, August 7, 2000, for which 65 people
have registered. The annual business meeting will be held August 9th at
The Bibliography of American Paleobotany for 1999, including the current
section membership directory, was mailed to members and to 39 institutional
subscribers in May 2000. Copies will be provided for the BSA Archives and
for the editor of the Plant Science Bulletin. Others may purchase copies
for $18 each.
The Paleobotanical Section continues to receive donations in support
of endowment funds, including the Cookson, Becker, Cichan, and Remy funds.
Each year, proceeds from the sale of buttons (this year: "will work for
fossils") go to the paleobotanical endowment.
The section web site http://www.dartmouth.edu/~daghlian/paleo/
is currently maintained by Charles Daghlian. Recent entries include photos
of paleobotanists at the 1999 International Botanical Congress. The Section
also continues to maintain a Paleobotany News List (PALEOBOT) on the internet.
To subscribe to the list, interested persons should send an e-mail message
to PALEOBOT@dartmouth.edu containing the following
message: "subscribe PALEOBOT your name ."
-Steven R. Manchester, Secretary-Treasurer
The Phycological section of BSA did not receive any requests for, and
consequently did not fund any symposia in 2000. None of the general funds
An election was held to fill the position of Secretary of the Phycological
Section of BSA, currently held by Jeff Johansen (who kindly served beyond
his term). Mark Buchheim and Richard McCourt were the two nominees for
this position. Richard McCourt will begin his term as secretary at the
conclusion of the Annual BSA Banquet. -Louise A. Lewis, Section Chair
This past year the Phytochemical Section has been planning a symposium
on „Anthocyanins" for the 2001 Meetings in Albuquerque, NM. There is nothing
else to report.
-James. W. Wallace
The Pteridological Section of BSA co-sponsored, along with the International
Association of Pteridologists and the American Fern Society, the following
six symposia at the International Botanical Congress 1999 in St. Louis,
DEVELOPMENTAL MECHANISMS IN FERN GAMETOPHYTES. Organizers: Banks, J.
and Wada, M.; Speakers: Hass, B., Banks, J., Wada, M., Murata, T., Kanegae,
T., Hickok, L.
PTERIDOPHYTE BIOGEOGRAPHY. Organizers: Moran, R. C. and Ollgaard, B.;
Speakers: Skog, J., Collinson, M., Gradstein, R., Smith, A., Parris, B.,
Brownsey, P., Dassler, C.
FERN PHYLOGENY WITH EMPHASIS ON RELATIONSHIPS OF BASAL LINEAGES. Organizers:
Pryer, K. and DuBuisson, J-Y.; Speakers: Pahnke, J., Wolf, P., Phipps,
C., Gandolfo, M., DuBuisson, J-Y., Ranker, T., Cranfill, R.
EVOLUTION AND DIVERSIFICATION OF THE LYCOPODS. Organizers: Taylor, W.
C., Wikström, N. and Grauvogel-Stamm, L.; Speakers: Gensel, P., Pigg,
K., Grauvogel-Stamm, L., Wikström, N., Therrien, J., Taylor, C., Hickey,
HOMOLOGIES AMONG PTERIDOPHYTES. Organizers: Conant, D. S. and Schneider,
H.; Speakers: Hill, J., Stein, D., Renzaglia, K., Brown, R., Steeves, T.,
Farrar, D., Schneider, H.
SPECIES AND SPECIATION IN PTERIDOPHYTES. Organizers: Haufler, C. H.
and Watano, Y.; Speakers: Tuomisto, H., Schneller, J., Masuyama, S., Gemmill,
C., Wagner, W. H., Vogel, J., Werth, C.
At IBC99, the Pteridological Section also granted the following awards:
Two Edgar T. Wherry Awards of $100 each for Best Poster:
-Petra Korall, Stockholm University, „Phylogeny
of Selaginellaceae based on rbcL gene sequences" (co-authored by Paul Kenrick)
-Catherine Cardelus, University of Connecticut,
„Habitat segregation of epiphytic and terrestrial ferns" (co-authored by
James Watkins, Jr., Iowa State University)
Four Pteridological Section Travel Awards of $100 each:
-Angel R. Maden, Southern Illinois University, „Ultrastucture
of the spermatozoid of Huperzia lucidula"
-Catarina Ryden, Stockholm University, „Phylogeny of Isoetes,
Lycopsida: Resolving basal relationships using rbcL"
-Gretchen Moeser, University of Chicago, „Marsileaceae
sporocarps and spores from the late Cretaceous of Georgia"
-Su-Juan Lin, Rikkyo University, Japan, „Systematic
study of Asian Lindsaea ferns"
The Pteridological Section contributed $400 to the publication of The
Annual Review of Pteridological Research, Volume 12, 1998.
-Tom A. Ranker, Secretary-Treasurer
In FY 1999 the Systematics Section provided support ($1000.00) for
graduate student attendance to the International Botanical Congress (St.
Louis, Missouri). Peter Hoch (Missouri Botanical Garden), Secretary General
of XVI IBC, saw to the disbursement of award funds for XVI IBC. The awards
were not more the $300.00, and designated for graduate students who are
members of BSA. BSA was acknowledged for this support.
In FY 2000 the Systematics Section provided support for two symposia:
New frontiers in plant systematics: The next 50 years, organized by Wayne
Elisens and Tod Stuessy (SESSION 30); and Historical biogeography of the
Northern Hemisphere, organized by Paul S. Manos and Michael J. Donoghue
(SESSION 48). The section provided equal financial support to these symposia
($350.00 each), utilizing the section's entire budget allocation ($700.00).
-J. Mark Porter, Chair
Tropical Biology Section
The section co-sponsored two symposia organized by the Association
of Tropical Biology at the IBC in 1999. Marisa L. Martínez and R.
A. Lubke brought together a symposium on "Coastal Sand Dunes: Their Ecology
and Restoration" and Patricia C. Morellato and Lucinda McDade organized
a symposium on "Phenological Studies in Tropical Plant Communities." The
Section's allotments of $700 each for FYs 1998-99 and 1999-2000 were used
to defray registration expenses for speakers from developing countries
in these as well as other IBC symposia relating to tropical botany (of
which there were many).
For the Portland meeting, only one contributed paper was received by
the Section, which was transferred to the Society's Ecology Section. An
apparently relatively low attendance of biologists with tropical leanings
at the Oregon meetings may have to do with the recent (June) meetings in
Bloomington, which were held jointly by several societies including the
Association for Tropical Biology and which drew numerous tropical ecologists
Over the course of the coming year, we will seek to convert our email
address list to a web based listserve and establish links with listserves
established by other BSA sections and related groups outside of the BSA.
This may result in greater interaction among section members. By late 1998,
the Tropical Section had 210 members in the USA and 95 in other countries.
-Susanne Renner, Chair
The Pacific Section met at Southern Oregon University on June 11-14,
2000 with the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science. The program consisted of a symposium of seven speakers entitled
„Pollinator-Plant Interactions" organized by Dr. Carol Ferguson, Department
of Biology, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR 97520, and a noon lecture
on the „Fen Floras of the Serpentine" by Dr. Frank Lang, Department of
Biology, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR 97520. Dr. Lang and Dr.
Ronald Nitsos, Department of Biology, Southern Oregon University, Ashland,
OR 97520 offered a field trip entitled „The Coast, Redwoods and Serpentine
Soils. Dr. Lang also led a second field trip entitled „Rare Plant Endemics
of Serpentine Soils.
In 2001, the Pacific Section will meet with the Pacific Division of
the AAAS at the University of California, Irvine on June 17-20, 2001.
-David E. Bilderback, Chair
The annual business meeting of SE-BSA was held during the 61st Annual
Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, hosted by The University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga, April 5-8, at the Hilton Hotel.
Elections were held for Chair of the Section, with James Mickle from
North Carolina State University unanimously approved for 2000-2003. Larry
Davenport (2001), from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, currently
serves as Secretary-Treasurer and Frank D. Watson (2002), from St. Andrews
College in Laurinburg, NC, is Chair of the Activities Committee.
No teaching workshop sponsored by SE-BSA was held this year.
Hornberger expressed concern that membership in the Section had fallen
off about 25% from last year. Various reasons were cited, but she encouraged
members to renew.
SE-BSA was one of seven professional organizations represented at this
meeting. Over 150 papers and posters listed in the program were botanical
in scope, including several symposia: invasive exotic pest plants, species
restoration, and sustainable development and urban ecosystems.
-Kathleen Hornberger, Chair
to Association for Systematic Collections (ASC)
The major activity of the current year was the annual meeting of ASC
held in Baltimore, MD 13-15 May 2000, at which I represented the Botanical
Society of America. The wrap-up of the meeting is detailed in the June
2000 ASC Newsletter (see also the ASC website at http://www.ascoll.org
), but here are a few highlights: over 150 registrants attended, a record
number, which included directors, staff, and faculty from more than 65
museums and universities, as well as many officials from U.S. government
agencies. There was a wide_ranging program of plenary sessions and panels
on a variety of topics such as innovative collaborations and partnerships
in biodiversity, information technology, museum programs, as well as a
separate concurrent program of online and web-based demonstrations of museum
and university databases, etc. An address was presented by the Director
of the of U.S. Geological Survey on the partnership of the biological community
and the role and future of the National Biological Information Infrastructure,
this was followed by a funding
workshop that included representatives from NSF, NASA, U.S. Dept. Commerce,
and the Inst. of Museum and Library Services. The meeting's keynote speaker
was Dr. Rita Colwell, NSF Director, introduced by Senator Paul Sarbanes,
as part of the special festivities at the ASC meeting to honor NSF's 50th
Anniversary. Also unveiled was ASC's Web Gallery of NSF-funded project,
which can be seen at the ASC website.
The Field Museum, Morton Arboretum, Illinois State Museum and the Illinois
Natural History Survey will host the next ASC annual meeting in Chicago
during May 2001. Exact meeting dates have not yet been determined.
Throughout the year ASC continued to distribute on-line a bi-monthly
newsletter of ASC activities, called Washington Initiative, which highlights
of recent news about systematic collections, in addition to the printed
ASC Newsletter. The electronic newsletter is available to ASC member institutions
and societies, and can be sent to interested recipients on request.
Various requests for information received from ASC were forwarded to
BSA Business Manager Kim Hiser.
-Laurence E. Skog
Review Open Space at Botany
2000 compiled by Bruce Kirchoff, UNC Greensboro firstname.lastname@example.org
During the meetings in Portland the Developmental and Structural Section
experimented with a new conference format to reintroduce discussions to
our meetings. Approximately 35 people attended Open Space, a format where
time is set aside for discussions. Often the discussion sections are scheduled
on the day of the meeting, but they can also be scheduled in advance. We
used a mixture of these two scheduling methods in Portland. Two discussions
were scheduled prior to the conference, and three were added on site. In
addition, a room was set aside when people could meet on an informal basis
over coffee. A number of informal discussions took place in this room.
Free coffee was provided for all participants. Prior to the conference
Nancy Dengler and Peter Stevens agreed to lead discussions on Mentoring
Graduate Students and Organisms, Form and Characters, respectively. In
Portland the following discussions were added:
-Victoria Hollowell Electronic
Publication of Journals
-Fengjie Sun A Phylogenetic
Study of Cymopterus and Related Genera
-Jean Gerrath, Establishing
your Independent Research Program
-Various scientists Open
discussions over coffee
A brief summary of some of the discussions follows:
Mentoring Graduate Students (Nancy Dengler)
Approximately 20 people attended this discussion of topics related
to the effective mentoring of graduate students. The participants raised
and discussed the following questions.
1. How can we get (nonscience) undergraduates interested in science?
-Be willing to teach generalist courses or courses
-Be imaginative in our presentation of course material.
e.g, teach a course in the „use and abuse of science."
-Undertake outreach activities
2. How should we train undergraduate students?
-Help students see how to connect ideas; how to
-Make students aware of the complexities and conflicts
-Convey our enthusiasm for the subject.
-Make personal connections with students.
-Provide opportunities for informal interactions
with students: tea, beer, sherry.
3. What makes a person a good graduate student supervisor?
-Be accessible and proactive in encouraging students
raise questions and problems.
-As the students approach completion, train them
to be politically aware, to use time effectively and be good time managers.
-Encourage students to seek advice directly from
experts via email, phone and attendance at meetings.
4. How can new faculty be mentored effectively?
-Make use of formal and informal mentoring programs.
Base these programs on volunteers.
-Be proactive in mentoring. Do not wait for the
new faculty to come to you. Go to them and offer help.
Electronic Publication of Journals (Victoria Hollowell)
The electronic publication session was immensely useful to me (Annals
of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Novon), and I think also for Tod
Stuessy (Taxon), Pieter Baas (Blumea) and Scott Russell (American
Journal of Botany). It gave this group of editors (and a few others)
an additional forum in which to freely interact. I thoroughly enjoyed and
appreciated the opportunity to meet with colleagues and discuss these issues.
A Phylogenetic Study of Cymopterus and Related Genera
In the first 15 minutes, I gave a talk on Cymopterus (Apiaceae).
Then, in the next 15 minutes, we discussed the current phylogeny of the
Apiaceae and especially the Rocky Mountain Umbels. The participants were
interested in the phylogeny in Apiaceae and were „shocked" by the current
unresolved state of the phylogeny in both Apiaceae and Araliaceae, a family
closely related to Apiaceae. They expressed a desire for a symposium on
the phylogeny of Apiales (Apiaceae+Araliaceae) at a future meeting.
A graduate student's review of the discussions follows:
"My name is Erin Riggs. I am a graduate student at Portland State University.
Carol Wilson is my major professor. I found the open sessions to be very
informative and exciting. I attended the Character States session, it was
a great learning experience, and neat to see professionals discuss a subject
with passion. I was quite inspired to learn more on the topic. I also attended
the Graduate Student Mentoring session, again it was very informative and
very encouraging, especially I think for a grad student. In general having
the opportunity for open discussion at this meeting was excellent. At the
paper presentations there is no room for real discussion, and in debate
I feel idea exchange can happen rapidly."
Symposia, Conferences, Meetings
International Maple Symposium
Throughout a large part of the world, people depend upon maple trees
to enhance their cities, neighborhoods, properties, and thus, their quality
of life. To ensure that maples will continue to beautify our cities, selections
of tougher trees need to be made and yet the genetic diversity of the selections
must be increased. In order to accomplish this, additional genetic resources
need to accessed, new techniques need to be developed for selecting superior
individuals, and production barriers to the culture of certain species
need to be overcome.
The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, will host an international
symposium symposium on maples (Acer) October 25_27, 2000. Plant researchers
and industry professionals from North America, Europe and Asia will present
research, discuss critical issues, and review industry trends related to
the selection, production, and use of maples in the urban landscape. This
includes: worldwide issues of maple conservation, biodiversity, and genetic
resource utilization; research on selecting and breeding maples for tolerance
to environmental stresses and resistance to insect pests and diseases;
techniques and advances in the propagation and nursery production of ornamental
This symposium will attract a broad audience of academic researchers
and industry professionals. A symposium proceedings will be published and
made available to plant professionals internationally. Following the symposium,
there will be a 6 day field tour to see maples and sites of botanical and
horticultural interest between northern Illinois and the Smoky Mountains
of southern Tennessee.
In addition to the international experts already slated to speak at
the symposium, contributed papers and posters are being solicited. Abstracts
of approximately 150 words describing research on maple systematics, ecology,
stress tolerances, pathology, propagation, and production are being accepted
through June 1, 2000 for possible presentation, poster session, and publicationin
To submit an abstract or learn more about the symposium or post-symposium
Dr. Wm. Carvell, Dir. Of Education
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532-1293 USA
Michaux International Symposium 15-19 May 2002
PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT AND SOLICITATION OF INTEREST. A major
international symposium featuring the life, works and times of André
Michaux, noted French explorer, collector and botanist, is being planned
for May 15-19, 2002. The symposium will feature various talks and academic
presentations, workshops, field trips, historical re-enactments, and other
activities that, altogether, should appeal to a variety of audiences. The
goals of the symposium are to call attention to Michaux's important botanical
contributions in North America; to place Michaux in his historical context
and honor his life, work and legacy; to raise awareness of plants in the
local environment; and to spark interdisciplinary studies involving France,
the French language, science, gardening, botanical illustration, early
American history and exploration, and geography. It is expected that the
symposium proceedings will be published.
André Michaux (1746-1802/3?) was not only a major botanist, but
also an important historical figure. He is remembered for his contributions
to botany, horticulture and agriculture. With French government sponsorship,
Michaux traveled widely outside France in search of plants to improve the
agriculture and forestry of his home country. He led an adventurous life,
traveling and collecting in the Middle East, in North America, and in the
tropics. Hardship, hard work and danger were his constant companions. The
routine hardships of wilderness travel meant nothing to him. He survived
many armed robberies, capture by hostile tribes, encounters with dangerous
beasts, even shipwreck. He overcame the most difficult obstacles and won
the admiration of his colleagues and acquantainces. He magnificently represented
French science in all the countries he visited.
Much of Michaux's work in the 1790s occurred in the Carolina Piedmont.
The setting for this symposium is Gaston County, North Carolina, and the
symposium will occur in the bicentennial year of Michaux's death. A partnership
consisting of Belmont Abbey College, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and
Gaston Day School was formed to organize and promote the symposium. Major
funding has been secured and other cooperators are also involved in the
planning for this major event.
The symposium will feature three days of talks, which may variously
include keynote addresses, invited and contributed paper sessions, workshops,
and panel discussions. In order to assist the planning at this stage, the
André Michaux International Symposium (AMIS) organizers solicit
and welcome proposals from all persons who may wish to participate
in the symposium as speaker or presenter on any topic related to Michaux
as outlined as above, from botanical science to history to gardening and
other areas. This preliminary indication of interest will permit a determination
of expected participation and the development of the program outline, especially
pertaining to invited and contributed paper sessions. A formal Call for
Papers will be issued approximately one year before the symposium date.
By Dec. 1, 2000, please send brief paper proposals of no more than 200
Michael J. Baranski, Ph.D.
Telephone: (704) 637-4442
AMIS Program Chair
Fax: (704) 637-4204
Department of Biology
For further information on AMIS, please visit the web site at:http://www.michaux.org
International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons
be hosted by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on 30 March-5 April 2003.
If you are interested in receiving information about the meetings as it
becomes available, please send your postal and electronic mail addresses
to Ann Joslin (email@example.com).
Positions Available / Fellowships
Curator of the UNC Herbarium.
The Curatorship is a non-tenure track professional research, teaching,
and public service position that reports to the Director of the North Carolina
Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The
Curator is responsible for the overall management of the UNC Herbarium,
a collection currently of 660,000 plant specimens. The Curator supervises
the international specimen exchange and loan program, authenticates and
approves plant material added to the collection, and supervises the Assistant
Curator, graduate students, undergraduates, and volunteers in specimen
curation, record keeping, and accessioning. The Curator also writes grants
for the collection, as well as for his/her own research projects. The Curator
is reponsible for the overall direction of computerized data bases and
the availability of Herbarium related information on the World Wide Web.
The Curator trains undergraduate and graduate students in curation techniques,
teaches extension courses at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and may
be appointed to an adjunct position with the Department of Biology in order
to teach and serve on student committees. We will begin to review applications
on October 1, 2000. Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and
three letters of reference to Peter White, Campus Box 3375, North Carolina
Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill,
NC 27599-3375. 919-962-0522. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Fellowship, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden seeks a postdoctoral fellow, funded
by the Mellon Foundation, to join our active research group in plant evolutionary
biology and systematics. The focus of the postdoctoral fellowship is open,
but preference may be given to those knowledgeable in FISH/GISH techniques.
The position will become available in September 2000. Applicants should
provide a letter stating his or her research interests, a CV, and the names,
postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references
to Ann Joslin, Assistant to the Director, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden,
1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-3157, U. S. A. For
more information, please contact Elizabeth Friar at (909) 625-8767 ext.
Clem Hamilton at (909) 625-8767 ext. 220 email@example.com.
Scholar, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden seeks a visiting scholar to augment
its graduate program in botany. The person chosen will teach a course,
seminar, or workshop(s) in his or her area of expertise and participate
in our active research program in plant evolutionary biology and systematics.
The visiting scholar will have an excellent track record in research and
enjoy mentoring and collaboration. Duration of the visit will be one semester
(possibly longer), starting as early as
January 2001. Funds are available via a grant from the Mellon Foundation
for remuneration. For additional information, contact Clem Hamilton at
(909) 625-8767 ext. 220 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For consideration please provide a CV, a letter suggesting possible course/seminar/workshops(s)
that may be offered and proposing the research to be conducted while at
the Garden, and the names, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers
of three references. Send to Ann Joslin, Assistant to the Director, Rancho
Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, California
91711-3157, U. S. A.
University - Bullard Fellowships in Forest Research
Each Year Harvard University awards a limited number of Bullard Fellowships
to individuals in biological, social, physical and political sciences to
promote advanced study, research or integration of subjects pertaining
to forested ecosystems. The fellowships, which include stipends up to $30,000,
are intended to provide individuals in mid-career with an opportunity to
utilize the resources and the interact with personnel in any department
within Harvard University in order to develop their own scientific and
professional growth. In recent years Bullard Fellows have been associated
with the Harvard Forest, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
and the J. F. Kennedy School of Government and have worked in areas of
ecology, forest management, policy and conservation. Fellowships are available
for periods ranging from six months to one year and can begin at any time
in the year. Applications from international scientists, women and minorities
are encouraged. Fellowships are not intended for graduate students or recent
post-doctoral candidates. Further information may be obtained from: Committee
on the Charles Bullard Fund for Forest Research, Harvard University, Harvard
Forest, P.O. Box 68, Petersham, MA 01366 USA or email (email@example.com).
Annual deadline for applications is February 1. More information is available
on the Harvard Forest web site: http://LTERnet.edu/hfr.
PROFESSOR, Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
invites applications for a 12-month tenure track position, 70% research
30% instruction, available January 1, 2001. The incumbent will provide
leadership in research serving Wisconsin's cranberry industry. Emphasis
will be on whole plant physiology or ecology, which may
include rhizosphere ecology, nutrient uptake and utilization, root-microbe
interaction, water management and quality or reproductive biology. Emphasis
should be on basic research that will ultimately be transferable to the
field for utilization by growers. A program integrating laboratory and
field research will be encouraged. The successful candidate will be required
to secure extramural research funding. Additional annual funding is available
from an endowment supporting this position. Partial funding will be available
on a competitive basis from the Wisconsin Cranberry Board, Inc., and other
industry groups. Teaching responsibilities will include an upper division
course in temperate fruit crop production, and the opportunity to develop
an advanced course in an area of interest. Applicants must have an earned
Ph.D. in Horticulture, Agronomy, Ecology, Botany, Plant Physiology or a
related field. The salary is competitive and commensurate with training
Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a statement of professional
goals and names of four references to: Dr. Teryl R. Roper, Chair, Search
& Screen Committee, Dept. of Horticulture, 1575 Linden Drive, Madison,
WI 53706. Telephone 608-262-9751 Fax: 608-262-4743. Applications received
by October 15, 2000 will be assured consideration.
The Rupert Barneby Award
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
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
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.
INSTITUTE ELIMINATES PAGE CHARGES FOR HUNTIA
Pittsburgh, PA—The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation is pleased
to announce that we no longer impose page charges for our journal Huntia.
As always, we welcome external contributions to Huntia. Before submitting
manuscripts for consideration, please request our "Guidelines for Contributors,"
which also are available on our Web site (huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu).
We publish on all aspects of botanical history and documentation, including
exploration, art, literature, biography, iconography and bibliography.
For example, the 11(1) issue, published in June 2000, contained the following
articles: E. Charles Nelson, "Patrick Browne (ca. 1720_1790), Irish physician,
historian and Caribbean botanist: A brief biography with an account of
his lost medical dissertations"; P. H. Oswald and E. Charles Nelson, "Jamaican
plant genera named by Patrick Browne (ca. 1720_1790): A checklist with
an attempt at an etymology"; Elizabeth Fortson Wells and Rebecca Louise
Brown, "Naturalized alien plant species at Mount Vernon, Virginia"; Robert
W. Kiger and James L. Reveal, "A comprehensive scheme for standardized
abbreviation of usable plant-family names and type-based suprafamilial
names"; Dominik Wujastyk, "An unknown botanical album in Kathmandu"; Book
Reviews and Announcements.
Editorial correspondence should be directed to Scarlett Townsend. Day
Books for announcement or review should be sent to Charlotte Tancin, the
book reviews and announcements editor.
A JOURNEY THROUGH KEW GARDENS
The Royal Botanic Gardens official video of Kew Gardens - A Journey
Through Kew Gardens - is now available in North America from Willowbank
Video. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is one of the most beautiful gardens
in the world. As a leading center of scientific research and conservation,
Kew is also striving to ensure better management of the Earth's environment,
increasing knowledge and understanding of the plant kingdom - the basis
of life on Earth. Within the Gardens 300 acres the collections incorporate
40,000 different species _ including 5,000 species of Orchids _ making
it the largest and most diverse global collection of living plants.
This official video, A Journey Through Kew Gardens, is introduced
by Anna Ford, a Trustee of Kew, and highlights the remarkable landscape
and architecture of the Gardens. Using rare archival material and new aerial
footage, A Journey Through Kew Gardens takes us on a tour of the
best of Kew _ from the informal Woodland Gardens to the Temperate House
(the largest glass house at Kew). We enjoy the wonderful Aquatic Garden
and the Princess of Wales Conservatory, housing amazing giant water lilies
within its 10 climatic zones. Tranquil woodland glades provide a beautiful
background to the exuberant Azalea Garden and Rhododendron Dell. Kew's
collection of 9,000 trees is one of the world's most important, fully documented,
living libraries of trees with over 2,000 species and varieties.
The fantastic and varied buildings at Kew _ some known for their architectural
merit, others for their royal connections _ are also explored by this video.
There is the recently restore Japanese Gateway, Queen Charlotte's Cottage,
and an incredible 10-story Pagoda. Perhaps the most famous building at
Kew is the spectacular Palm House, designed by Decimus Burton, an amazing
feat of Victoria engineering and determination.
This official video A Journal Through Kew Gardens is an ideal
way to sample the beauty and vitality this special botanic garden that
is Kew. Approx. 60 minutes, VHS, $24.95 + shipping and handling,
Order from: Willowbank Video, (800) 669-9080, fax: (914) 679-4093
234 Meads Mountain Road, Woodstock, N.Y. 12498
Other videos from Willowbank include: MONET'S GARDEN AT GIVERNY, CHELSEA
FLOWER SHOW 2000, RHS PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WATER GARDENING, and PRACTICAL
GUIDE TO BONSAI.
For further information please contact: Deborah Day at Willowbank
Video (914) 679-4024, fax: (914) 679-4093,
Award Recognizes Excellence in Botanical Literature
The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, Inc. presented
its first Annual Literature Award to Daniel E. Moerman, author of Native
American Ethnobotany, and Timber Press, the book's publisher, on
May 3, 2000 at the Smithsonian Institution. The award was created to recognize
significant contributions to the literature of botany or horticulture.
Moreman's work is an outstanding example of botanical literature that relies
on exhaustive scholarly research. It comprehensively reviews how Native
Americans used plants for medicine, food, and other purposes. The book
met or exceeded all criteria for the Literature Award, including excellence
of intellectual content, usefulness, and uniqueness.
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In this issue:
p. 94 The Secret Lives of Plants
Series Lawrence Jensen and Andrew Chung -Thomas Benenati
p. 94 Seed Germination:
A Guide to the Early Stages Natalie V. Oboucheva -Douglas Darnowski
p. 95 Applied Population
Ecology: Principles and Computer Exercises, 2nd ed. H. R. Akcakaya,
M.A. Burgman, and L.R. Ginzburg - Johanne Brunet
p. 96 Australian
Rainforest: Islands of Green in a Sea of Fire. D.M.J.S. Bowman
p. 96 Halophyte
Uses in Different Climates I. Ecological and Ecophysiological Studies
H. Leith, M. Moschenko, M. Lohmann, H.W. Koyro, and A. Hamdy (eds)
and Halophyte Uses in Different Cli mates II Halophyte Crop Development:
Pilot Studies A. Hamdy, H. Leith, M. Todorovi, and M . Moschenko (eds).
- Aaron Ellison
p. 97 Savannas,
Barrens, and Rock Outcrop Comunnities of North America
J. Fralish, and J. Baskin (eds) - Susan Kephart
p. 98 Rangeland Desertification Ed.
O. Arnalds and S. Archer - Sarah Delle Hultmark
p. 99 Biologically
Active Natural Products: Agrochemicals
H.G. Cutler and S.J. Cutler (eds) - Timothy Morton
p. 100 Biotehnological
Approaches in Biocontrol of Plant Pathogens
K.G. Mukerji, B.P.
Chamola and R.K. Padhyay - Peter Schroder
p. 101 Azadirachta indica A.
Juss. R.P. Singh and R.C. Sacena (eds) - Estelle Levetin
p. 102 Myxomycetes:
A Handbook of the Slime Molds Steven L. Stephenson and Henry Stempen
- Douglas Darnowski
p. 103 Fossil Plants
and Spores: Modern Techniques T.P. Jones and N.P. Rowe (eds) -
p. 103 Penstemons Robert Nold - Douglas
The Secret Life of Plants
Series. Lawrence Jensen and Andrew Chung. http://www.sbs.auckland.ac.nz/biology_web_pages/nzplants/index.htm.
This colorful series of instructional videos address the reproductive strategies
of plants. Mosses, ferns, pines, and flowering plants are each represented
in separate video installments of the series. All four installments feature
remarkable computer animation and modeling of a representative in the taxa.
The life history of Funaria (Bryales) is described in the installment
on mosses. Both the independent gametophyte and " parasitic" sporophyte
are illustrated. For ferns, Pteridium (Filicidae) is depicted, with
computer modeling depicting variations such as indusium-covered sori. The
"catapult" sporangium dehiscence is especially well suited to computer
animation. As with mosses, the alternation sporophyte and gametophyte generations
The life cycle of Pinus, including easy-to-understand animations
of male and female stroboli anatomy, is described in the pine installment
of the series. An educator might also use this segment to illustrate the
life history of other gymnosperms (Cycales, Ginkgo).
The narrator in the installment on flowering plants identifies Lilium
as a model, and the animation of the flower morphology supports this. However,
a tetrasporic 8-nucleate Fritillaria type gynosporogenesis. Three
fused haploid daughter cells at the chalazal end result in three triploid
antipodal cells in the mature female gametophyte. In the carpel animation
sequence, the more typical monosporic 8-nucleate polygonum type is illustrated.
The development of a female gametophyte is significantly different in these
two systems, and deserves clarification in the final production. Microsporogenesis
is described as it occurs in most angiosperms. Four microsporangia fused
with connective vegetative tissue form the six anthers (again, Lilium
). The development of mature pollen grains from microspore mother cells
is well described.
The quality of the computer animation in this series is remarkable.
Computer-generated images of accelerated anatomical growth are displayed
in eye-grabbing color with realistic lighting. The viewer is wisked around
organs as tissues are peeled back and described by the narrator, as though
the viewer is traveling in some miniature helicopter. The background audio
is varied and compliments the stunning visual depictions of reproduction.
The most common piano tune is spooky and eerie at times, lending considerable
drama to the presentation. The music is augmented by sounds of forest (birds
singing, etc.). The visual animation and audio serves well to hold the
attention of the audience.
Particularly valuable for educators, each installment is divided into
"simple", "intermediate", and "advanced" versions of the material presented.
Each version begins with an essentially identical introduction to the taxa,
often depicting the organism in its habitat, followed by a computer-animated
description of reproduction that varies in complexity.
The simple version describes the reproduction of the taxa the simplest
of terms. For example, the simple version of The Secret Lives of Ferns
describes the prothallus gametophyte as "a tiny, heart-shaped plant". In
restricting anatomical and morphological descriptions to simple terms,
less botanically sophisticated audiences are provided with a solid, easy-to-understand
introduction to the taxa. Simple versions in the series are about 10 minutes
long. The intermediate version uses the same computer animation sequences
as the simple version, although with more advanced nomenclature. The intermediate
version is also punctuated by summaries of the information presented. Again
from The Secret Lives of Ferns, the gametophyte prothallus is described
in the intermediate segment as "a small, heart-shaped…bisexual gamete plant",
underscoring the concept of alternation of generations. Due to the periodic
summaries, intermediate versions are several minutes longer than either
the simple or advanced versions. The advanced version of The Secret
Lives of Ferns describes the gametophyte prothallus as a "heart-shaped
bisexual gametophyte, or prothallus", providing the most sophisticated
level of scientific terminology. This series also presents a good value
to the educator. Separate versions of a description of reproduction allow
a degree of customization in lesson design, to accommodate the botanical
sophistication of the students. -Thomas Benenati, Department of Biology,
Emporia State University, Emporia, KS 66801.
a Guide to the Early Stages Natalie V. Obroucheva. 1999. ISBN 90-5782-040-4.
(paper US$40.00) Backhuys Publishers B.V., P.O. Box 321, 2300 AH Leiden,
The Netherlands. -- This book provides a technical review of the stages
of seed germination concentrating on the early stages of the germination
of mature and even immature seeds.
The author considers the initiation of growth with reference to topics
such as cellular elongation followed by examination of the importance of
seed hydration and metabolic activation in the initiation of growth during
seed germination. In the first chapter, the author should have more gradually
introduced the topic of seed germination rather than jumping abruptly into
a discussion of the stages involved in this process. The first chapter
does provide very nice diagrams of developing embryos and germinating seedlings,
though a general review like this might have included many more species.
Cellular elongation in axial organs fills an entire chapter, followed
by treatment of the overall case of the germination of quiescent seed.
Finally, a brief conclusion reemphasizes the earlier-stated importance
of water in seed germination for both biochemical and biophysical reasons.
This overriding role of water in seed germination forms the main theme
of Seed Germination a Guide to the Early Stages. The text is followed by
an extensive set of references.
Even though the author is not a native speaker of English, the English
in the text is generally quite good—e.g., "In viable air-dry quiescent
or non-dormant seeds, the axial organs can be considered as a system which
readily changes from being almost inert to becoming an actively metabolizing
unit capable of growth initiation" (p. 103). However, this is not always
the case as seen in examples such as: "The organs of the seed embryo start
their development in a certain order in accordance with morphological patterns
of young seedlings that vary between species" (p.1) and "Since the morphology
of early seed germination have received little attention, it is appropriate
to inspect it here. This is especially true in regard to current discrimination
between radicle and hypocotyl." Editing should have been performed with
greater care, especially in the first chapter after which the quality of
the writing improves noticeably.
One item of value presented by this book, beyond the ostensible purpose
stated in the title, is the access which it provides to Russian literature
on seed germination. This may be particularly true for earlier papers that
may not be covered in currently available electronic databases.
The text is excellent in that it covers information from disparate subdisciplines
of plant biology. A limited amount of mathematics is introduced in the
description of cellular division time (p.25), and both classical and molecular
details are noted. This is seen in the case of cellular growth where both
the proteins known as expansins and the older acid growth hypothesis are
considered in the chapter on cell elongation and axial organs (pp.93-94).
Though molecular detail is considered, no gels are depicted, which some
readers will find a blessing and others will find a curse. This lack does
not detract from the overall treatment of the subject at hand.
The audience for Seed Germination a Guide to the Early Stages will be
of interest most obviously to those working on seed germination for a variety
of reasons, but particularly to those working on seed, embryo, or seedling
development. The discussion may be too technical for introductory level
students, but this book would fit nicely on reading lists for graduate
classes and perhaps for upper level undergraduate courses. It does certainly
belong in research libraries and in the libraries of researchers working
on seed germination. -Douglas Darnowski, Department of Biology, Washington
College, Chesterton, MD 21620.
Population Ecology: Principles and computer exercises. 2nd edition.
Akcakaya, H.R, M.A. Burgman, and L.R. Ginzburg. 1999. ISBN 0-87893-028-0
(cloth US$39.95) 285pp. Sinauer Associates Inc. P.O. Box 407, Sunderland,
MA. - In this book, the authors introduce various concepts in population
biology and use computer modeling to illustrate the concepts and their
applications. The applied problems at the end of each chapter are likely
to appeal to many readers. The computer exercises illustrate how population
biology and computer modeling can help evaluate different conservation
strategies, or identify the variable(s) that most impacts population growth.
The use of computer modeling to illustrate concepts in population biology
and demonstrate their application is a useful and refreshing approach that
facilitates the understanding of the concepts. The book covers current
topics in applied ecology, and the arguments are easy to follow. The authors
state in the preface: „we hope that the software tool we provide, in combination
with our practical approach, will make population ecology easier to learn
and to teach". I would argue that the authors have reached their goal.
The book contains eight chapters and covers single and metapopulation
models, age and stage structure models, stochasticity, sensitivity analysis,
population viability analysis, and natural resource management. Exponential
and density-dependent models of population growth are introduced in chapters
one and three respectively. The sources of stochasticity and their impact
on population growth and risk of extinction are presented in the second
chapter. The next two chapters discuss age- and stage-structure and introduce
matrix models. The explanation of how to estimate a Leslie matrix from
a life table was very informative and well presented. In the next chapter
we are introduced to metapopulation models, where a species is divided
into many populations. Chapter six illustrates the impact of spatial correlation
of environmental variation and of dispersal on extinction risks. It also
demonstrates the use of metapopulation models to quantify the impact of
habitat fragmentation, corridors, and reserve design on species conservation.
Population viability analyses, defined as the use of models to combine
all relevant factors in the evaluation of extinction risks, are discussed
in chapter seven. The last chapter discusses how computer models can help
us make more informed decisions regarding the management of natural resources.
The last two chapters build on the knowledge gained in the previous chapters.
This book is well suited for an upper division undergraduate class or
a graduate class in applied population biology. I would also recommend
this book to anyone interested in learning how computer modeling can facilitate
the process of decision making in conservation biology and resource management.
This is the second edition of this book. There were no major changes
in the text relative to the first edition but the computer programs now
run under Windows rather than Dos and are easy to use.
My only disappointment with this book is that it concentrates on single-species
problems, presented either in single or many populations (metapopulation).
It does not cover two- or multiple species interactions such as competition,
predation, parasitism, and herbivory, topics which are typically covered
in a population biology class. In applied population biology two-species
interactions are important for bio-control and for invasive species. Examining
how computer modeling can influence methods of biocontrol and control of
invasive species seems timely. The learning and teaching of population
biology would only benefit from the application of the valuable approach
developed in this book to problems involving multiple species interactions.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in population biology.
_Johanne Brunet,Dept. Botany and Pl. Path., Oregon State University, Corvallis,
Rainforests: Islands of Green in a Sea of Fire, by D.M.J.S. Bowman,
Cambridge University Press 2000, ISBN 0-521-46568-0. 345 pages. - As an
ecologist who has worked in an area (southern Florida) where tropical forests
intermingle with temperate forests and fire is an important natural disturbance,
I eagerly anticipated reviewing this book to learn what ecologists in Australia
know about this question. In the introduction, Bowman states that readers
will have to look elsewhere for a detailed coverage of the floristics and
phytogeography of the Australian flora. Instead, this book is a review
of the main hypotheses that have been developed to explain the distribution
of rain forest in Australia.
After two introductory chapters, the main part of the book is organized
into chapters examining the data pertaining to these hypotheses. Bowman
sets up the first few arguments (Chapters 3-7) as straw men in order to
show that the available data does not support these ideas. These unsupported
or simplistic arguments include the problem of defining rainforest as non-sclerophyllous,
the idea that rainforest is dependent on soil phosphorus or particular
soil types, and the idea that rain forest is dependent on certain climatic
variables including water, light, and temperature. While acknowledging
that some of these variables are related to the distribution of rain forest,
they do not appear to be the primary reasons. The remainder of the book
(chapters 8-13) discusses the role of fire as the primary factor in determining
the distribution of rain forest in Australia. These chapters include a
discussion of field studies, the interaction of fire and nutrients, the
importance of fire frequency, the use of fire by aboriginals, historical
climate change and the evolution of flammability, and how fire management
is important in the conservation of Australian rainforests. Bowman shows
that fire has been an important element of Australian ecology long before
aboriginals began to use fire culturally, although it is acknowledged that
our understanding of aboriginal settlement patterns is still unsettled.
For readers from outside Australia, knowledge of Australian geography
will be beneficial. I found myself reaching constantly for the world Atlas
to remind myself where the different states, parks, mountain ranges, and
place names are located. I also was interested in learning that Australians
have a much broader use of the term "rain forest". In addition to the tropical,
subtropical, and temperate rain forests that are recognized in the Americas,
Australians place what Americans would call "tropical dry forest" as a
type of "rain forest" called "dry rainforest or dry monsoon forest".
In conclusion, this book should be of interest to researchers, graduate
students, and land managers in Australia and elsewhere in the world where
fire is an important natural disturbance. Besides being well-written and
referenced, the book is packed with figures and tables from the review
of the literature that summarize many of the observational and experimental
studies that have examined these hypotheses. I would recommend this book,
along with another excellent book from Australia, The Ecology of Fire by
Robert Whelan (Cambridge University Press, 1995), as good texts for a course
on fire ecology. -Dr. John B. Pascarella, Dept. Biology, Valdosta State
University, Valdosta, GA 31698
in Different Climates I. Ecological and Ecophysiological Studies. H.
Leith, M. Moschenko, M. Lohmann, H.-W. Koyro, and A. Hamdy (eds.). 1999.
ISBN 90-5782-038-2 (softcover 150 Netherland Guilders (definitive); approx.
US$75.00). xii + 258 pp. Halophye Uses in Different Climates II. Halophyte
Crop Development: Pilot Studies. A. Hamdy, H. Lieth, M. Todorovi ,
and M. Moschenko (eds.). 1999. ISBN 90-5782-025-0 (softcover NLG 85 (definitive);
approx. US$42.50). ix + 144 pp. Both published by Backhuys Publishers,
PO Box 321, 2300 AH Leiden, The Netherlands. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
— In the last several decades, as agricultural lands have been degraded
by over-use of fertilizers, salt-water intrusion, loss of topsoil, and
desertification, scientists and agronomists have focused research attention
on using salt-tolerant plants (halophytes) in agricultural systems. One
prime driver of this research has been the European Commission, which supports
a Concerted Action program in the utilization of halophytes. These two
volumes are the first synoptic presentation of the results of this research
program; the included papers were presented at the 1998 International Congress
of Ecology (INTECOL) in Florence.
Volume 1 primarily covers ecophysiology and basic ecology of a the relatively
small number of halophytes being considered for saline agriculture: Beta
vulgaris ssp. maritima, Suaeda fruticosa, Spartina maritima, Halimione
portulacoides, Arthrocnemum fruticosum, and Laguncularia racemosa.
These plants are being examined fur use as sugar, oil, and forage crops,
or for agro-forestry. The eleven contributions in this volume, span a diversity
of continents: Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America, but
most share a common methodology. The responses of individual species to
different levels of salt crossed by nutrients, normally in the greenhouse,
but occasionally in the field, are reported, and implications for their
use in agriculture is discussed. Volume 2 presents the case-studies: attempts
at reclaiming degraded lands for saline agriculture and agroforestry in
Italy and the Middle East. Some of the case-studies are actual examples,
whereas others are basic reports similar to those presented in Volume 1.
The quality of the papers in these volumes is highly variable. Although
all papers are written in English, for all but one of the papers across
both volumes, English is not the primary language of the authors. The manuscripts
clearly were not edited by a native English speaker, and so reading the
papers can be slow and confusing for native English speakers. The figures
and tables are generally clear, though, so the main message of each paper
To me, the most valuable aspects of these two volumes are two review
chapters. In volume 1, Menzel and Leith present version 2.0 of their halophyte
database. This database of over 2600 species, complete with synonymies
(from Index Kewensis), their salt tolerance, and references to the literature
(incomplete, but a complete internet-based list is promised for the future)
is a gold-mine for individuals interested in determining what plants might
be suitable for saline agriculture and agroforestry. In volume 2, the same
authors tabulate the published uses of 69 halophytes (24 of which are species
of Atriplex), along with their origin, region of cultivation, salinity
tolerance, and photosynthetic type (C3 or C4). Finally, there is a one-page
table (Annex [or Appendix] 3 in Volume 1) that gives conversions for commonly-used
salinity measurements. In one place, I can now look up the relationship
between parts-per-million, dS/m, mmhos, meq/L, mol/m3, µS/cm,
and nmol/kg of NaCl. This conversion table will allow one to make some
sense of the myriad units used for salinity in the vast literature on halophytes,
as there is no established SI standard unit for salinity. Climate diagrams
are provided for all study sites referred to in both volumes.
These volumes are aimed at a narrow audience: individuals interested
in saline agriculture. The price seems quite high, given that many potential
buyers are in developing countries, or at state agricultural universities
facing declining library acquisition budgets. The papers are of archival
value, but the on-line database (no URL is provided) will be of more long-term
utility. -Aaron Ellison, Dept. Biology, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley,
Savannas, Barrens, and Rock Outcrop Communities of North America.
Anderson, R., J. Fralish, and J. Baskin, (eds.) 1999. ISBN 0521 57322X
(hardbound) Cambridge University Press. - The three ecologists serving
as editors of this treatise on savannas and related communities have provided
an excellent, multiauthored summary of a voluminous and scattered literature.
This compilation of 26 papers is an outgrowth of the North American Conference
on savannas and barrens held at Illinois State University in 1994; it emphasizes
regional areas in the United States and Canada (east/southeast; central/midwest;
western/southwest; northern), but includes communities as diverse as oak
savannas, jack pine woodlands, alvars, and serpentine
barrens. The book would be very useful for graduate seminar courses,
and is indeed an invaluable reference for grassland and forest ecologists
and for conservation managers interested in these vegetational areas. The
potential for use as an undergraduate text is much more limitedi.e., the
prose is readable, but fairly dense in information content at that level.
Undergraduate libraries, however, will find it an useful reference for
ecology students and faculty pursuing research or teaching areas that overlap
with the book.
This review evaluates the major strengths and weaknesses of the book,
with reference to particular chapters as appropriate. Overall, the papers
consistently include sections related to the history of the region, the
climate, geology and soils, flora and fauna, and authors often discuss
the primary threats that might influence management and conservation. Each
paper ends with a concise summary of its major content. Other common elements
(see introduction) include a focus on „environments that restrict tree
growth," and also either harbor many unusual endemics or support sometimes
fragile communities growing under extreme environmental conditions. Some
rich refugial areas (e.g. cliff system, Niagara escarpment) show remarkable
vertical as well as horizontal stratification, and are being heavily degraded
by climbers and recreational enthusiasts. Hopefully, the book will further
raise awareness of the importance of conserving and restoring a set of
historical landscapes that have already been reduced to as little as 1%
of their original area.
The introduction effectively sets the stage for the book, providing
helpful definitions and notes on the ambiguity in usage of key terms as
a result of history and geography. (For example, „savanna" has been variously
applied to treed and treeless areas, and „cedar glades," like the common
name „cedar,' can have multiple meanings!). Yet the book overall could
be strengthened by: a) reducing the redundancy across chapters from redefinition
of „barren," „savanna," „woodland," and serpentine," and by b) including
more explicit discussion of the importance of these communities relative
to the „ecological services" the provide. Some redundancy in definitions
is unavoidable since scientists may read chapters selectively and because
some areas pose special cases. However, the definitions were clearly repetitive
at times, garnering space that could have been more effectively utilized
if this aspect had been more closely scrutinized.
Coverage of historical and current literature and illustrative material
is excellent overall but varies considerably by chapter and author. For
example, literature cited sections In some chapters (e.g., Menges, chpt.
1; West, chpt 18) provide very thorough inclusion of post1996 publications
and/or recent dissertations, while others (e.g., Gibson et al., New Jersey
pine barrens; Shure, granite outcrops), are useful primarily for relatively
older, historical sources. Some articles (i.e., Baskin et al.) incorporate
the very early, classic works of Transeau, Braun, and Kuchler. Examples
of excellent illustrative material include: climatic diagrams linked to
distribution maps (Archibold's aspen parklands), Knight's excellent blackwhite
photos of ponderosa pine woodlands, photos of subarctic lichen woodlands,
and diagrams of tree growth relative to climate (Johnson & Miyanishi).
Useful synthetic tables are important throughout the book, and are evident
in the chapter on oak savannas inhabiting sand substrates; sparse discussion
of calcareous oak savannas suggests these are less wellstudied. Some authors
insufficiently cited sources in text (e.g., p. 395, gypsy moth effects
in southern. Ontario; p.376383 on alvars) or occasionally in illustrations
(e.g. maps for figures 5.1, 5.2). In future editions, readers would benefit
considerably if some of the longer lists of taxa in text were placed instead
in clearer, more accessible tables.
In general, I learned much from this recent compilation. Most authors
appeared to be very aware of shifts in ecological theory on community dynamics
(e.g., contra Clementsian models), and of the effect of this theory on
management practices. In a wellorganized chapter, Platt (chpt. 2) notes
that contrary to early studies, SE pine savannas are increasingly recognized
as persistent rather than as successional communities. The authors of the
chapter on shale barrens emphasize the hypothesis testing approaches now
used to examine the physiological requirements of barren heliophytes and
stress the relative importance of belowground factors that were previously
overlooked. Impressive alder root growth also occurs right through the
bedrock of cedar glades (Baskin & Baskin). The fauna was effectively
described in many papers, including some very specific interactions such
as that of squirrels and pine in Rocky Mountain woodlands.
Helpful discussions of fire ecology abounded in many chapters and were
much appreciated. (In fact, an integrative summary of the role of fire
across these many systems would be a useful paper!) Interestingly, in some
areas fire suppression has markedly influenced the habitat (e.g., Great
Lakes pine barrens; open woodlands of Ill, KY, and TN) while in others
climate plays a more significant role than fire or grazing (lichen woodlands).
In aspen parklands, the morphology and height of stands can also be used
to infer its history. Paleochronologies in some chapters (e.g., Big Barrens,
KY) were also exceedingly helpful in understanding community histories.
Even so, determining presettlement vegetation can be quite challenging
(e.g. savanna vs. forest in the Ozark Plateau). Anecdotal histories during
settlement were also enlightening: Nuttall apparently described the western
„crosstimbers" area that pioneers „crossed" during early expeditions as
a „pathless thicket of somber timber" (chpt. 14). Finally, many papers
stress the need for more research on a diversity of topics related to the
development, conservation, or restoration of these unique communities.
Topics mentioned include: plantanimal interactions in granite outcrops,
autecology of highelevation rock outcrop species, and fire ecology in general.
We still have much to learn about controversial fire suppression policies
and about how to manage areas of very different sizes (e.g. 72 million
acres of juniperpinon savannas relative to 3 million hectares of shinery
oak) and ownershipe.g., predominantly public lands (e.g. 60% of SW oak
savanna) vs. private holdings. One wonders too what policies are actually
being pursued for publiclyheld oak savanna to ensure that this community
and its associated flora and fauna are being adequately protected.
In summary, I found Anderson et al.'s book to be an outstanding collection
of very interesting papers on diverse landscapes, most of which need urgent
and aggressive protection. The text is a fine addition to the libraries
of professional managers, ecologists, systematics, and anyone interested
in these unique habitats. — Susan R. Kephart, Dept. Biology, Willamette
University, Salem, OR 97301.
Rangeland Desertification, Ed. O Arnalds
& S. Archer. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Hardcover $95.00. - RALA
Report no 200. Case Studies of Rangeland Desertification. Proceedings
from an International Workshop in Iceland, $25.00 (plus $13.00 postage)
order from Agricultural Research Institute, Keldnaholt, 112 Reykjavik,
Iceland. Also downloadable from Rangeland Desertification -This
is geobotany at its best. The situation of grassland plants in their ecosystems,
both natural and socio-economic is delineated so well that one has the
sense of actually being there. Desert books tend to be rather dry. These
two are a good read. I could not put either of them down. The title „Rangeland"
instead of „Grassland" should not deter botanists. The primary focus is
plants. It is a collection of papers read at the 1997 Rangeland Desertification
Workshop in Iceland. The workshop was convened in response to the United
Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UN-CCD) of l994. Unfortunately
the book lacks an index. The chapters/papers are not numbered and the title
pages of the papers are unnumbered. Otherwise the papers and their references
are thorough and excellent. The first section contains rigorous studies
and discussions of the various processes involved in desertification. The
second section surveys efforts to determine the extent of the problem and
to remedy the ongoing loss of rangelands. The references cover most of
the recent literature and are almost worth the price of the book. O. Arnalds
in „Desertification: an appeal for a broader perspective" (p. 5) argues
persuasively for an extension of the term to more humid areas such as his
own Iceland. His description of the ecological disasters in Iceland was
a surprise to this arid lands specialist. I found myself arguing for and
against his proposal and on purely semantic grounds rejecting it. Perhaps
„degradation" instead of „desertification?" He wishes to have Iceland included
in the Convention and it is politically easier to change the definition
of "desertification" than to broaden the context of the Convention. Thinking
of bare fields in humid areas that „look like desert but worse," I have
reservations about my semantic rejection. Archer and Stokes describe „Stress,
disturbance and change in rangeland ecosystems" (p. 17) and then raise
the philosophical question of definition of „degradation: ecological or
socioeconomic?" For a cattleman the loss of grasses is degradation. For
an herbal supplier the proliferation of Larrea tridentata is improvement.
This paper is full of interesting challenges to some of our present ecological
paradigms. Ludwig and Tongway in „Viewing rangelands as landscape systems"
(p. 39) offer an interesting change of perspective that merits serious
consideration. Tongway and Hindley join the landscape system view to „Assessing
and monitoring desertification with soil indicators" (p. 89). This system
is similar to a course called „walking the terrain" which has been of great
value to me. These two papers should be read consecutively. Thurow's excellent
„Hydrologic effects on rangeland degradation and restoration processes"
(p. 53) is excellent. Of all the geobotanical aspects of deserts, hydrology
is the least understood and even if understood, often ignored. So this
successful method of restoration is very exciting, though labor intensive.
Pierson describes „Erosion models: use and misuse on rangelands" (p.67)
and offers hope that mechanistic models promise more robust erosion predictions.
Will his models be more accurate than those of the landscape system? Considering
the amount of data required is modeling feasible at all? Havstad, Herrick
and Schlesinger discuss „Desert rangelands, degradation and nutrients"
(p. 77) which process they describe as „poorly understood." They remark
unfavorably on the fact that most studies of plants are made on plots or
in a laboratory. Failure to study the in situ factors of desert
plant growth frequently results in the apparently inexplicable failure
of remedial efforts. Such studies in the Sonoran desert surprised those
who attempted to propagate certain plants. A careful reading of this paper
should cause all of us to rethink our procedures. Imeson & Cammeraat
offer an interesting attempt to bridge fieldwork and modeling: „Scaling
up from field measurements to large areas using the Desertification Response
Unit and Indicator Approaches" (p. 99). And Hoffman in „Agricultural and
ecological perspectives of vegetation dynamics and desertification" (P.
115) takes both perspectives in an examination of the Namam-karoo biome
of South Africa. A quotation from his abstract: „Because of the relative
isolation of ecological science in general, this research has had relatively
little influence on (agricultural) managers in the region." It will be
difficult to break through that isolation but we should attempt to do so,
as the managers are unlikely to initiate communication. Cardy in „The United
Nations data bases on desertification" (p. 131) gives an excellent list
of Internet sources for desert information. My favorite is Scientists in
third world countries now have access to materials their institutions could
never provide for them. The remaining papers are not of specific botanic
interest but do not ignore them as they may offer a means of understanding
and communicating with managers. Sanders' „Implementation of soil conservation
programmes" (p. 143), is an excellent explanation of why such programs
succeed or fail. He has tremendous insight into and perception of third
world cultures, particularly in regard to women. As a Middle Eastern specialist
I was most impressed with Narjisse's „Rangelands issues and trends in developing
countries" (p. 181). It is concise, cogent and so accurate that one wonders
how he dared publish it. RALA Report no. 200
The Workshop papers are all of interest to botanists. They are also
unnumbered and not indexed. Fernandez & Busso's „Arid and semi-arid
rangelands: two thirds of Argentina" (p. 41), is superb. New Zealand's
grassland is carefully delineated by O'Conner, Nordmeyer and Svavarsdottir:
„Changes in biomass and soil nutrient pools of tall tussock grasslands
in New Zealand" (p. 125). This usually dull subject is enlivened here.
Sinha, Bhatia & Vishnoi, „Desertification control and rangeland management
in the Thar desert of India" (p. 115) describes mixes of exotics with native
species. The authors admit: „the desert dwellers are not happy" with alien
Israeli Acacia tortilis, preferring their own Acacia senegal
a long list of reasons (p.117). Since the authors also say the Israeli
and native trees are about equally successful one wonders why the agricultural
managers insist on planting the alien species. Perhaps they would benefit
by reading Sanders' paper in the Rangeland volume.
The rest of the papers touch on the Mediterranean, China and Mongolia
and Africa. Future RALA Conferences will hopefully cover an even wider
range of countries. I have already referred colleagues to pertinent papers
in these books. Almost every method described has much wider application
than rangeland and desertified landscapes. They should be required reading
in advanced ecology courses. -Sarah Delle Hultmark , Grand Junction, MI
Active Natural Products: Agrochemicals. 1999. H.G. Cutler and S.J.
Cutler (eds). CRC Press LLC. 299pp. -It's relatively easy to overlook that
fact that for most organisms, chemicals mediate the interactions with other
organisms because humans-like all larger organisms-rely primarily on other
modes of sensory perception-sight and sound. Smallish creature 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 o 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, thought chemistry. Out understanding of the role 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 continue to increase; a trend powered
by faster computers, increasingly refine 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 decipher their functions. This book outline 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 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 pint 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 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 soon will 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
Bt toxin into crop plants shows that even major product 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 bacteria aflastatins and balsticidins, both complex
polyketides, to specifically block aflatoxin biosynthesis without harm
to 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 tot he theme of this
book and may 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 reference, 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 l\placing their study into a larger perspective but several chapters
were highly technical and would have benefitted 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, Dept. Ecology and Evolution,
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637.
Approaches in Biocontrol of Plant Pathogens. Edited by K.G. Mukerji,
B.P. Chamola and R.K. padhyay. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publ., 1999. -The
present book has an interesting title, which promises comprehensive information
on the thrilling topic of biological pathogen control. Considering pathogen-induced
yield losses in agricultural production, as well as the monetary cost of
and the effort spent on pathogen control by pesticides, the development
of this branch of applied biology is timely. Furthermore, in view of the
environmental sustainability of pest control measures, the use of natural
predators or competitors represents a suitable alternative to chemical
plant protection. Future biologists and agronomists should be thus made
aware of these techniques and their practical applications. Hence, a comprehensive
textbook on this topic is urgently needed.
However, the present book does not accomplish this task appropriately.
Only 4 out of 12 chapters are of high quality. These are the review papers
on yeast species for biocontrol of apple postharvest diseases, biological
control agents of canola and rapeseed diseases, innovative applications
of microbial agents for biological weed control and the application of
the lux-gene technology in the control of soil borne diseases.
The remaining chapters are of poor quality, in respect to content and
style. In some chapters, text passages are hardly readable due to numerous
misspellings and syntax errors. At times it was obvious that the copy editing
was deficient. The introductory passage on host parasite specificity has
a good literature compilation but also a lengthy and tiresome parasite
listing, leaving the reader with a insubstantial description of simple
symptoms, such as development of necroses, damping off or wilt; this type
of presentation is also found in most other chapters of the book. Since
some of the editors also function as co-authors in most chapters, they
were, unfortunately, overburdened with the task of covering a field of
such scope and depth. The index section is, however, nice. The categorical
index is arranged alphabetically, where the reader finds major categories
such as actinomycetes, angiosperm hosts, bacteria, biological control and
more, and underneath terms sorted alphabetically.
In conclusion, I cannot recommend this book. It leaves the reader unsatisfied,
rather confused and with the impression that the important field of biological
pathogen control is not presented professionally. -Peter Schröder,
Institute for Soil Ecology, GSF National Research Center for Environment
and Health, 85764 Neuherberg, FRG.
Azadirachta indica A.
Juss. 1999. R.P. Singh and R.C. Saxena, Eds. ISBN 1-57808-041-X. (cloth
US$88.00) 322 pp. Science Publishers Inc., P.O. Box 699, Enfield, New Hampshire
03748, USA. — This volume is a collection of 29 papers presented at the
1996 International Neem Conference, which was held at The University of
Queensland Gatton College in Australia.
This book provides a look at some current areas of research related
to the neem tree. Neem is described as the "tree of life" to some cultures,
and in 1992 the National Research Council referred to neem as "the tree
for solving global problems." Since ancient times the people of India have
valued this tree as a medicinal plant and as a natural insecticide. Traditionally,
neem leaves were placed in seed storage bins and in cupboards to deter
insects. Also, neem twigs were used to clean teeth and neem tea was used
as a tonic. Today, scientists around the world feel the prospects for neem
are unlimited with over 200 bioactive compounds already identified. Azadirachtin
appears to be the most important insecticidal compound in neem. It is found
in many parts of the plant, but the highest concentration is in the mature
seed. Neem has multiple effects on insects: as a repellant, an antifeedant,
a growth inhibitor, and as cause of abnormal development. In addition to
its pesticide applications and its medicinal uses, neem trees are being
used in reforestation in semi-arid tropical areas. It is valued for its
lumber, which is strong and resistant to termites, and its ability to reduce
The papers are organized into 11 topics areas; however, the primary
focus of the book is on the pesticidal activity of neem extracts, which
was the main theme of the conference. Ten chapters describe the effects
of neem extracts, neem dust, neem oil, or other neem products against various
insect pests. These compounds were shown to be effective either alone or
in combination with other treatments. A paper by J.F. Walter is especially
informative. Walter described the commercialization and use of neem in
the field since its approval for use in the U.S. This chapter provided
a good review of the topic and describes how neem functions as an insecticide.
Because of the multifaceted mode of action, Walter suggests that resistance
is unlikely to develop in insect populations. Walter also showed that used
in rotation with other products, neem will increase the efficacy of both
products. Several chapters discussed the effectiveness against nematodes
and one reported success using neem and other plant extracts to control
a fungal pathogen of chili peppers. A chapter by H. Schmutterer, one of
the scientists who first began scientific studies of neem, is an excellent
review of the effects of neem products on beneficial pests of insects and
insect predators. Generally, the effects on predatory insects are negligible.
Predatory insects showed low sensitivity or were not affected at all. In
cases where there was sensitivity to neem products, the effects were less
than those caused by synthetic pesticides.
There are also several papers that deal with other topics such as reforestation
and the uses of neem lumber, plantation growing, neem pests and pathogens.
Neem trees have been introduced through the tropical areas of the world,
but the tree does best in dry tropical areas. Other species of Azadirachta
can be grown in humid tropical areas. The azadirachtin content of neem
seeds vary considerably even among trees in the same plantation. In addition,
there is year-to-year variation in azadirachtin content. Lalljee described
the use of neem cake as a soil additive to inhibit nitrification. In some
tropical areas, ammonium fertilizer is rapidly converted to nitrate; the
nitrate is lost from the field and enters the watershed. Neem cake inhibits
this nitrification and prevents nitrogen loss, thereby increasing the efficiency
of fertilizer application.
Hellpap and Leupolz discussed the prospects of using homemade neem insecticides
in some developing countries. They discussed some of the factors that may
limit the usefulness of neem in humid or wet tropical areas. The problems
they described include the variation in azadirachtin content and the need
to purchase neem seeds in areas where trees cannot grow. In some cases
the cost of neem seeds will equal the cost of synthetic pesticides. Another
problem is the need for training by extension specialists. Because neem
pesticides are not contact poisons, farmers need training to obtain positive
results. One approach to the variability of azadirachtin content is the
production of this compound by callus cultures. However, a paper by Wewetzer
showed a high degree of variability in the amounts of azadirachtin in tissue
culture as well as in the field.
I was disappointed that there was only one paper that focused the medical
uses of neem. Kak and Kavathekar described the development of a database
by the Publications and Information Directorate in India. This database
centralizes and catalogs the vast literature on the medicinal uses of neem.
I would have liked to read about some of this research instead of just
As someone who was somewhat familiar with the uses of neem but not involved
in neem research, I gained a lot reading this book. However, I felt the
volume needed a good overview chapter and/or a good concluding chapter
to tie things together. The only introduction was a very brief preface.
The book was a collection of papers. Even though many of the papers were
quite good, it lacked cohesiveness. There were also a number of typographical
errors throughout the book. The book will find its greatest use to neem
researchers around the globe; however, scientists interested in ethnobotany
and those involved in integrated pest management may want to add this to
their bookshelves as well. — Estelle Levetin, Faculty of Biological Science,
The University of Tulsa, 600 S. College, Tulsa, OK 74104.
Handbook of the Slime Molds [hardcover]. also: [paperback edition] Steven L. Stephenson and Henry Stempen. 2000. Timber Press, Portland, OR. This book is not the usual offering from
Timber Press. It might seem surprising that a book on the acellular slime
molds, a group of organisms which is excluded from plants defined in a
modern sense, comes from Timber Press, which usually concentrates its efforts
on books concerned with botany and horticulture. However, for historical
reasons these creatures have at times been variously classified with the
fungi and the protozoa. It seems that since they have been at times classified
with the fungi, and since the fungi are traditionally subjects for botanists,
Timber Press has published the work.
The book opens with an introduction to the group. This is followed by
a consideration of the structural features which define these organisms
and which are used to differentiate among members of this group. Methods
for the collection and culture of these organisms come next, followed by
descriptions of their distribution and ecology. Finally, the classification
of different Myxomycetes is presented with descriptions and line drawings
of various taxa.
Several points make this book useful for beginners. Foremost, the text
is clearly and simply written. Details which are useful for considerations
beyond botany or protozoology are noted, such as the dramatic cytoplasmic
streaming to be found in these organisms which makes them very valuable
for teaching students about this crucial phenomenon. Simple methods for
culturing the Myxomycetes are described which could be useful for undergraduate
classes or for those not intimately familiar with the myxomycete slime
molds but who are doing ecological research and need to survey the Myxomycetes
occurring in a particular locale. The authors present an excellent explanation
of the Latin binomial, in part because this is a group of organisms without
One point that should have been made earlier in the text is the meaning
of the terms acellular and cellular as applied to the Myomycete slime molds.
The first chapter states: "For most of its life, a myxomycete exists as
a thin, free-living mass of protoplasm." (p.14), but the authors wait another
ten pages to clearly state that "The myxomycete plasmodium is an acellular,
multinucleate mass of protoplasm bounded by a cell membrane [emphasis added],
and for some types, enclosed by a slime sheath." (p.24)
The myxomycetes exist for much of their lives as multinucleate masses,
giving them the name plasmodial slime molds, while the cellular slime molds
exist much of the time as independent cells. Readers may be familiar with
examples from these two groups in the popular model organisms Dictyostelium
discoideum, a cellular slime mold, and Physarum polycephalum,
an acellular slime mold.
An introductory student or someone not already familiar with these organisms
might mistakenly believe that acellularity implies the lack of a plasma
membrane and extracellular matrix. Terms like coenocytic and syncitial
are more commonly used in textbooks to describe organisms such as fungi
with which the introductory reader may be more familiar.
While Myxomycetes a Handbook of the Slime Molds is well illustrated
by line drawings and reproductions of color paintings, the quality of the
illustrations, particularly the paintings, could be significantly improved.
In their place or in addition, more photographs, even if only in black
and white, would greatly improve clarity and precision of description.
Nevertheless the color paintings do serve well to illustrate the dramatic
coloration of these tiny organisms.
Myxomycetes: a Handbook of the Slime Molds has a wide potential audience.
With the exception of a few points above, this book would be useful for
beginners, such as undergraduates using it to understand better the lives
of these fascinating and wide spread creatures. It would be a valuable
addition to the university library, course reading lists, the professional
library of a botanist, or the library of any interested amateur. -Douglas
Darnowski, Department of Biology, Washington College, Chesterton, MD 21620.
Fossil Plants and
Spores: Modern Techniques, T. P. Jones and N. P. Rowe (eds.), 1999.
ISBN 1-86239-041-X. 396pp. The Geological Society Publishing House, Unit
7, Brassmill Enterprise Centre, Brassmill Lane, Bath. BA1 3JN, UK. -The
editors of the book have solicited 78 contributors who are specialists
currently involved in their fields of research. The book is divided into
ten sections with sixty chapters. The first section,
begins with an introductory chapter on how to locate and collect fossil
plants and spores (chapter 1), followed by two chapters on how to extract
lignitic and fusainized fossil plants (chapter 2), plant mesofossils and
megafossils by bulk acid maceration (chapter 3). The remaining three chapters
of the first sections deal with techniques on how to extract small (chapter
4) to large (chapter 5) palynomorphs and how to extract palynomorphs from
peat, lignite and coals (chapter 6); The second section,
describes the surface preparation of plant megafossils (chapter 7), analysis
of compressed plant and spore in sediments (chapter 8). The remaining chapters
deal with macrophotography (chapter 9), light microscopy of fossil pollen
and spores (chapter 10) and cuticles (chapter 11), and scanning electron
microscopy of mega- and mesofossils (chapter 12); The third section, Anatomy,
consists of eight chapters. This section provides different "recipes" on
peeling (chapter 13), embedding (chapter 14), thin sections and wafering
(chapter 15), polished blocks and reflected light microcopy (chapter 16),
opaque petrifaction techniques (chapter 17), lignified and charcoalified
fossil wood (chapter 18), fabric and biomechanical analysis (chapter 19
and 20); The fourth section, Ultrastructure, includes four
chapters on the analysis of ultrastructures of fossil cuticles (chapter
21), plant cell walls (chapter 22), megaspores (chapter 24), and pollen
and spores (chapter 25); The fifth section, Geochemistry,
includes eight chapters. This section reviews the procedures on how to
collect, store and prepare plant fossils for geochemical analysis (chapter
25), stable carbon isotopic analysis (chapter 26), applications of pyrolysis
and chemolysis of fossil plants remains to paleobotany (chapter 27), solid
state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance of fossil plants (chapter 28), DNA
analysis (chapter 29), mineral and geochemical analysis (chapter 30), spore
color measurement (chapter 31), and analysis of provenance and diagenesis
using geochemistry as a guide (chapter 32); The sixth section, Conservation,
Databases and Protocols, focuses on the plant fossils record database
on the internet (chapter 33), taxonomic and nomenclatural alternatives
(chapter 34), curation in museum collections (chapter 35); The eight chapters
of the seventh section, Sedimentology, Taphonomy, and Stratigraphy,
deal with experimental sedimentology (chapter 36), palynofacies analysis
(chapter 37), particle orientation and paleoenviroments (chapter 38), coal
ball sampling and quatification (chapter 39), taphonomy (chapter 40), analysis
of paleosols (chapter 41), biostratigraphy of megafossils (chapter 42)
and spores and pollen (chapter 43); The six chapters of the eighth section,
describe different proxies of paleoclimates, including leaf characters
(chapter 44), compiled paleobotanical data (chapter 45), fossil tree rings
(chapter 46), stomatal density and index (chapter 47 and 48), and the nearest
living relatives (chapter 49); The ninth section, Paleocology,
is composed of 10 chapters. This section provides different methods in
paleoecological analysis, including palynology/ecology interfaces (chapter
50), analysis of unconsolidated lake sediments in quaternary Paleocology
(chapter 51), paleoecological studies in coastal-deltaic settings (chapter
52), analysis of fossil calcareous algae in soft sediments (chapter 53),
archaeobotany (chapter 54), dendrochronology (chapter 55), 14C dating method
(chapter 56), 13C/12C in growth rings and leaves (chapter 57), plant-anthropod
interactions (chapter 58), and plants and animal diets (chapter 59); The
International Laws, provides some information
on the restrictions on fossil collecting an exporting in some countries
including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Netherlands, Spain,
South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States of America.
The contributors to the book have brought together traditional as well
as cutting edge techniques of many fields as diverse as paleobotany, geochemistry,
paleoclimatology, paleoecology, sedimentology, taphonomy etc. It is a comprehensive
collection of "recipes" of methods or lab procedures scattered among other
research journals. Indeed, readers from the entire spectrum of paleobotany
are likely to find at least a few chapters of interest in this book. This
book is a must for anyone who works on paleobotany or related areas. It
would be very appealing as a graduate level course textbook. It is an important
resource book both for students and professionals interested in employing
these techniques in their research.
It would be nice if this volume included a chapter dealing with digital
imaging techniques such as film scanning, a technique to capture and store
a digital image of the individual frames in a roll of film. With the development
of computer technology, more and more publishers now prefer the submission
of manuscripts in electronic format. Typically, paleobotanical articles
always involve a lot of illustrations of the fossil materials. The reason
for digitization is that it is easier to archive the image data in a non-chemical
form so that it can be recreated many years from now. Also, it may be to
allow digital processing of the image data or to allow modification of
the original data. _Hongshan Wang, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainsville,
Penstemons . Nold, Robert. 1999. ISBN
0-88192-429-6 (cloth US$29.95) Timber Press, 133 S.W. Second Ave., Suite
450, Portland, OR 97204. This book stands out from many other horticultural
works due to the clarity of its style and the balance of its perspective.
Among the usually fine works on horticulture from Timber Press, this work
ranks among the better volumes. This book concentrates on the genus Penstemon
(Scrophulariaceae), the members of which generally go by
common names that include the term penstemon.
One of Nold's principal goals in writing this book is to call for a
change in the species which are used in the modern American garden, particularly
those found in drier parts of the American West. He wants to change a situation
which he views as: " Our gardens are little more than middle-class slums,
where junipers purchased at the cheapest `box' store are the lone sentinels
of a threadbare lawn." (p.7-8) In trying to reach this goal, Nold provides
careful descriptions of various Western soils so that the reader can adjust
garden conditions appropriately for maximal success, along with other valuable
information designed to allow the reader to understand how these plants
grow in the wild. That is not to say that Penstemons limits itself to consideration
of Western species, since the genus represents itself well in wetter areas
of the United States as well.
Penstemons runs through the usual list of topics, such as an overview
of the genus, consideration of the cultivation of its members, their native
habitats, and descriptions of the various members of Penstemon and of the
taxonomic groupings within the genus. Excellent appendices providing information
on topics such as sources of plants and societies devoted to them, lists
of penstemons with flowers of particular colors, and an extensive bibliography
round out this volume.
This book is not a monograph: "A monograph would require examination,
including field study, of all the type specimens and a comparison with
other specimens and what the literature says about them. With some 270
species this is hardly the task for a normal lifetime." (p.64) This is
not unreasonable, given that that author has the promotion of penstemons
for horticultural use as a major goal, yet a useful amount of basic botanical
information is included.
A well-balanced view of botanical as well as horticultural, detail pervades
Penstemons. This lies not just in the way in which each species receives
a careful description and various topics are treated, e.g. the fine points
of anther morphology for Penstemon taxonomy. Even the name changes, which
often wrack horticulturalists when imposed by taxonomists, are treated
in an even-handed fashion: " Gardeners and horticulturalists tend to be
suspicious of botanists (the reverse is probably true, too) when it comes
to plant names. No sooner have the plant labels been printed than the name
has been changed and the labels are now wrong...This is just a fact of
life in horticulture, but as I see it, less of a burden than some gardeners
think it is. New knowledge, if it tells us more about the plants we love,
is always worth the inconvenience." p. 62
The paintings that illustrate Penstemons are truly lovely, done in a
realistic style in which these members of the genus shine with a semi-translucent
beauty. The photographs are also quite nice, though these could have been
improved by an increase in contrast, and interspersion of the photographs
and paintings throughout the text, closer to the descriptions of the relevant
individual species, would also have made an improvement.
Penstemons makes an excellent addition to any college or university
library, or for a private library of a horticulturalist or an amateur gardener
interested in these plants. Purchase of a copy is strongly recommended,
as is inclusion of this work on reading lists of appropriate courses at
the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Douglas Darnowski, Department of Biology, Washington College, Chesterton,
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Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Northeastern North America: Vol 1: Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, and Angiosperms: Dicotyledons. Crow, Garrett E. and C. Barre Hellquist. 2000. ISBN 0-299-16330-X (cloth US$90.00) 536
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Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Northeastern North America: Vol 2:
Angiosperms: Monocotyledons. Crow, Garrett E. and C. Barre Hellquist.
2000. ISBN 0-299-16280-X (cloth US$90.00) 456 pp. The University of Wisconsin
Press, 2537 Daniels Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53718.
Australia: 300 Years of Botanical Illustrations. Hewson,
Helen. 1999. ISBN 0-643-06366-8 (cloth US$89.50) 228 pp. Antique Collector's
Club, Ltd., Market Street Industrial Park, Wappingers' Falls, NY 12590.
Basic Techniques in Molecular Biology. Surzycki, Stefan. 2000.
ISBN 3-540-66678-8 (paper US$ 79.95) 434 pp. Springer-Verlag. 333 Meadowlands
Parkway, Secaucus, NJ 07094.
Biodiversity and Native America. Minnis, Paul E. and Wayne J.
Elisens (eds) 2000. ISBN 0-8061-3232-9 (cloth US$34.95) 256pp. University of Oklahoma Press. 4100 28th Avenue, N. W., Norman, Oklahoma 73069-8218.
The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants. Elton, Charles
S. 2000. ISBN 0-226-20638-6 (paper US$13.00) 188 pp. The University of
Chicago Press, 5801 South Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637-1496.
Ethnobotany: A Reader. Minnis, Paul E., (ed.). 2000. ISBN: 0-8061-3180-2
(paper US$18.95) 384pp. University of Oklahoma Press. 4100 28th
Avenue, N. W., Norman, Oklahoma 73069-8218.
Flora of Australia 17 A. Proteaceae 2: Grevillea Australian Biological
Resources Study. 2000. ISBN 0-643-05969-5 (cloth US$89.95) 416 pp. CSIRO
Publishing. 150 Oxford Street, P.O. Box 1139, Collingwood 3066, Victoria,
Flora of Australia 17 B. Proteaceae 3: Hakea to Dryandra. Australian
Biological Resources Study. 2000. ISBN 0-643-06454-0 (cloth US$89.95) 416
pp. CSIRO Publishing. 150 Oxford Street, P.O. Box 1139, Collingwood 3066,
Flora of North America North of Mexico, Vol. 22: Magnoliophyta: Alismatidae,
Arecidae, Commelinidae(in part), and Zingiberidae. Flora of North America
Committee (ed.) 2000. ISBN 0-19-513729-9 (cloth US$ ) 352 pp. Oxford University
Press. 198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
Flora of Russia: The European Part and Bordering Regions. Federov,
An.A. (ed.) 2000. ISBN 90-5410-753-7 (cloth US$95.00) 352 pp. A.A. Balkema
Publishers, Old Post Road, Brookfield, VT 05036-9704.
Flora of Steens Mountain. Mansfield, Donald H. 2000. ISBN 0-87071-471-6
(paper US$29.95) 424 pp. Oregon State University Press, 101 Waldo Hall,
Corvallis, OR. 97331-6407.
Flowering Plants of the Galapagos. McMullen, Conley K. 1999.
ISBN 0-8014-8621-1 (paper US$29.95) 370 pp. Cornell University Press, Sage
House, 512 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Genera Orchidacearum: Vol. I. General Introduction, Apostasioideae, Cypripedioideae. Pridgeon, Alec M., Phillip J. Cribb, Mark W. Chase, and Finn N. Rasmussen. 1999. ISBN 0-19-850513-2 (cloth US$75) 197 pp. Oxford University Press, 198 Madison Avenue, New York, MY 10016-4314.
Biological Resource Management Connecting Science and Policy.
Balázs, Ervin, Ennio Galante, James M. Lynch, James S. Schepers,
Jean-Piere Toutant, Dietrich Werner, and P.A. Th. J. Werry (eds). 2000.
ISBN 3-540-67117-X (cloth US$) 327 pp. Springer-Verlag. 333 Meadowlands
Parkway, Secaucus, NJ 07094.
British Plant Communities, Vol 5., Maritime communities and vegetation of open habitats. 2000. ISBN 0-521-64476-3 (paper US$54.95) 512 pp. Cambridge University Press, 40 West 20th St., New York, NY 10011-4211.
Bromeliaceae: Profile of an Adaptive Radiation. Benzing, David
H. 2000. ISBN 0-521-43031-3 (cloth US$120.00) 690pp. Cambridge University
Press, 40 West 20th St., New York, NY 10011-4211.
The Cattleyas and their Relatives, Volume VI: The South American
Encylia Species. Withner, Carl L. 2000. ISBN 0-88192-436-9 (cloth US$44.95)
222 pp. Timber Press, Inc. 133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland,
Chemicals from Plants: Perspectives on Plant Secondary Products.
Walton, N.J., and D. E. Brown. 1999. ISBN 981-02-2773-6 (cloth US$101.00)
425 pp. World Scientific Publishing Co. Farrer Road P.O. Box 128, Singapore
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Chromosomes Today Vol. 13. Olmo, Ettore and Carlo Alberto Redi
(eds). 2000. ISBN 3-7643-5799-1 (cloth US$139.00) 320 pp. Birkhäuser-Verlag.
P.O. Box 133, CH-4001 Basel, Switzerland.
Collins Gem: Trees. Fitter, Alastair. 2000. ISBN 0-00-472268-X
(paper US$7.95) 240 pp. HarperCollins UK, Trafalgar Square Publishing,
P.I. Box 257, Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, VT 05053.
Ecology, Biogeography and Management of Pinus halepensis and P. brutia
Forest Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Basin. Ne'eman, Gidi, and Louis
Trabaud. 2000. ISBN 90-5782-055-2 (cloth US$120.00) 412pp. Backhuys Publishers.
P.O. Box 321, 2300 AH Leiden, The Netherlands.
Genetics: Principles, Concepts and Implications. Jain, H. K.
1999. ISBN 1-57808-054-1 (cloth US$39.50) 454 pp. Science Publishers, Inc.
P.O. Box 699, May Street, Enfield, New Hampshire 03748.
Grasses: Systematics and Evolution. Jacobs, S. W. L. and J. Everett
(eds.). 2000. ISBN 0-643-06438-9 (cloth US$160) 416 pp. CSIRO Publishing.
150 Oxford Street, P.O. Box 1139, Collingwood 3066, Victoria, Australia.
Influence of Stress on Cell Growth and Product Formation. Scheper,
T. (ed.) 2000. ISBN 3-540-66687-7. (Cloth US$129.00) 190 pp. Springer-Verlag.
333 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, NJ 07094.
Maize Genetics and Breeding in the 20th Century. Peterson,
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379 pp. World Scientific Publishing Co. Farrer Road P.O. Box 128, Singapore
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Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets. Plotkin,
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Methods in Plant Electron Microscopy and Cytochemistry. Dashek,
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Monocots: Systematics and Evolution. Wilson, K. L. and D.A. Morrison
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Nitrogen in a Sustainable Ecosystem - From the Cell to the Plant.
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(cloth US$19.95) 124 pp. Timber Press, Inc. 133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite
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of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Botany, Attn: Mike Clayton, 430 Lincoln
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Pachypodium (Apocynaceae): Taxonomy, Habitats and Cultivation.
Rapanarivo, S. H. J. V., J. J. Lavranos, A. J. M. Leeuwenberg, and W. Röösli.
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Photo Atlas of the Vascular Plants. Woodland, Dennis. (CD US$20.00)
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David M. and Erik T. Nilsen. 2000. ISBN 0-471-03152-6 (cloth US$125.00).
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430 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706.
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