PLANT SCIENCE BULLETIN
A Publication of the Botanical Society of America, Inc.
VOLUME 50, NUMBER 3, 2004
The Botanical Society of America:
The Society for ALL Plant Biologists
ISSN 0032-0919 - Electronic version ISSN 1537-9752
at Miami University
News from the Society
Scott, Forum Keynote Address
R. Colwell, Plenary Address
Snow, President-Elect's Address
2004 Merit Awards
2004 Graduate Student Awards
2004 Young Botanist Awards
BSA Corresponding Member, Professor Hugh Dickinson
Alicia Lourteig, 1913-2003
University, Bullard Fellowship
Society of Environmental Botany
Botanic Garden Launches Premier Issue of Urban Habitats
Botanic Garden Florilegium Society: Portraits of a Garden
International Botanical Congress
Global Summit on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
International Conference on Plants and Environmental Pollution
Plant Science Bulletin 50(3) 2004
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A "take-home message" from Dr. Rita Colwell's Plenary Address at this years
annual meeting (see summary on p74 of this issue) is that it is important for
the public to understand the significance of botany and that the major burden
for this public education falls on most of us - botanists in academe. The
following article features another one of our successful departments where
botany has a long and distinguished history and where it continues to thrive and
attract undergraduate and graduate students to the study of plant science.
One of the themes emerging from this series of articles is that successful
departments have the backing and support of their administrators - - but that
support is earned by departments through credit hours generated and numbers of
majors. We must become proactive in promoting our courses and curricula to gain
the support we need from administration. Hopefully you've been finding ideas in
the articles of this series that you can adapt to your home institution. The
critical step, however, is to commit the time and effort necessary to implement
these ideas. Being good, or even great, as botanists is no longer a guarantee
that a botany program will survive. Just look at the number of formerly
outstanding botany departments that no longer exist. We cannot afford only to
concentrate on our own research and teaching. Somewhere in our busy schedules we
must make the time to self-promote and reach out to the public to enhance
botanical literacy and indirectly recruit students.
President Snow addressed this need for self- promotion in her banquet address
at the annual meeting. Specifically, she encouraged us to become more involved
in promoting botany directly to the public though the news media. A summary of
her talk, on p. 75 of this issue, addresses the issue and provides some helpful
strategies. Lets give it a try!
Botany at Miami University
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) is a liberal arts college with a capped
enrollment of 16,000 undergraduate and approximately 4000 graduate students. It
has three life science departments including Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology.
The Botany Department has a long history and will celebrate its Centennial in
2006, despite declines in the number of botany departments nationwide. We are
among the largest botany departments in the U.S in terms of faculty size, number
of majors, and success of our graduates. The University and Department have been
transformed over the past 20 or more years from an emphasis on teaching at the
undergraduate level to a research university with graduate programs where
excellent scholarship and teaching are expected. While our mission has shifted,
our commitment to quality education and training has not wavered. And, while the
breadth and focus of Plant Biology has changed significantly in the past 100
years, our departmental leadership has always strived to keep pace with emerging
fields while staying grounded in core areas. The following is background
information on the Department, and our curricula and programs highlighting
things that we believe contribute to our vitality. However it is difficult to
provide a recipe for success since there are historical factors as well as
current practices that contribute to the total package. Nonetheless, perhaps our
structure, approach, and philosophy may provide useful information to other
We have both undergraduate and graduate programs with 20 faculty members on 4
campuses with Oxford being the primary campus. We have three additional
affiliate faculty whose home departments are in Zoology, Geography, and
Chemistry. Six faculty members have additional administrative duties with
reduced teaching loads and three are on regional campuses with reduced research
expectations. Regional campus faculty are full participants in the Department.
They sponsor graduate students, maintain research programs, serve on
departmental committees, attend faculty meetings, and are tenured by the Oxford
Campus. Our faculty have primary expertise in one of three core areas, often
with additional expertise in a second area: 1) Ecology, Taxonomy, &
Systematics; 2) Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, & Physiology; and
3) Anatomy, Morphology, & Development. We have been approved for two new
tenure-track searches in 2004-05 in Plant Evolutionary Biology and
Bioinformatics, and the administration has promised that we will be approved
another search in the near future for one recent retirement. Thus it is
reassuring that the administration appears to appreciate the quality of our
department and continues to invest in it by authorizing new positions.
We currently have about 60 majors, which may fluctuate to 100 or more in any
given year. Most of our majors come from Ohio and throughout the Midwest,
particularly Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Approximately 1/3 of our
undergraduates declare Botany as their major when they apply to Miami as
graduating seniors, which undoubtedly is a result of our profile as a Botany
Department since we don't actively recruit in high schools. For 2004-05, 20
applicants to Miami declared Botany as their major, and I followed up with a
personal letter and invitation to visit, and included additional information on
the success and career paths of our graduates. And we have representatives and
literature at all university-sponsored majors fairs and open houses for accepted
The remaining 2/3 of our undergraduates choose Botany as their major or
co-major following their 1st or 2nd (sometimes 3rd) year at Miami, often after
taking Introductory Biology (team-taught by the three life science departments)
or General Botany. More than 1200 students take Introductory Biology each
semester, and we try to put our best Graduate Teaching Assistants into these
laboratories since they are often very effective at recruiting. We actively
attempt to capture the undeclared biological science students at the end of each
term in Introductory Biology classes and many botany courses by providing forms
to all students to direct them to a specific Botany advisor. We have just begun
tracking the precise source of these majors, so we don't yet have definitive
data on particularly enlightening courses or faculty, however, a large number
come from the Middletown campus, historically and presently. We are also
developing a series of informational brochures for University and College level
academic advisors that channel undeclared students into Botany (such as
genetics, biotechnology, environmental science) who may not otherwise be aware
of it as a track. A few students transfer in from other universities, which also
may be related to our high profile in Botany. We also host a variety of venues
for interaction among faculty, graduate students, majors, and
undecided/undeclared undergraduates, such as picnics, special seminars, and
opportunities to meet in small groups with guests from industry and academia to
discuss career choices over pizza.
We allow for flexibility in course requirements since the majority of our
majors make this decision in their 2nd or 3rd year and may not otherwise do so
if they were to lose significant time toward their degree. At the freshman level
we require either 1) two semesters of Introductory Biology, or 2) General Botany
plus one semester of either Introductory Biology or Zoology. This allows for
students to enter the program as a Botany major via two routes: 1) as an
incoming freshman, or 2) as continuing or transfer students in their 2nd or 3rd
year from different or undeclared majors, or if they choose Botany as a second
(i.e., double) major. While transfer students don't lose time at the freshman
level, it results in students having different backgrounds that are either
strong in concepts with little botanical knowledge, or strong botanical
backgrounds that are weaker in concepts. To ensure that they are prepared for
upper level courses with minimal redundancy, we have two sophomore level courses
that all majors are required to take to bridge the gap, which include Plant
Evolution and Diversity (populations to ecosystems) and Plant Cell and Molecular
Students can take a track that leads to one of four undergraduate degrees in
Botany at Miami: 1) B.A. (a broad or liberal curriculum), 2) B.S. (emphasis on
sciences), or 3-4) B.A. or B.S. with Environmental Science emphasis (strong in
ecology). These various undergraduate degree programs allow additional
flexibility in coursework preparation. We also have a cooperative program with
the DUKE School of Forestry that results in a B.S. in Botany with an
Environmental Emphasis from Miami and an M.A. or M.S. in Forestry or
Environmental Management from DUKE. The University also offers a co-major in
Environmental Science, with many students choosing Botany as their co-major.
Double majors often co-major in Botany with Zoology, Geography, or Chemistry as
second majors, but also sometimes in Business or Economics. We also offer minors
in horticulture and molecular biology. A University-wide undergraduate
requirement is a thematic sequence outside of the major that is comprised of 3-4
related courses, such as ecology or conservation. Sometimes students utilize a
thematic sequence as a stepping stone to either a minor in Botany or to change
majors or double major.
We offer a number of core courses at the undergraduate level including
morphology, anatomy, taxonomy, ecology, physiology, plant and fungal diversity,
genetics, and development, in addition to biotechnology, horticulture,
viticulture, and economic botany, among others. Literally all of our courses
have a laboratory component or a separate lab section that is required. Many
courses are cross-listed with Zoology and/or Microbiology including genetics,
cell biology, environmental science, conservation biology, environmental
education, ecology; or with Geography including plant geography and vegetation
of North America. Undergraduates in good standing can also petition to take
graduate courses. Almost all of our students take at least one field course,
often more. These are offered annually in the Bahamas and Kenya, and frequently
in Nova Scotia, Belize, and Peru.
The majority of undergraduates conduct laboratory research with at least one
faculty member, often working closely with a graduate student mentor. We
typically mentor 50 undergraduate research projects per year. These students
frequently make presentations at meetings, and are co-authors on
publications. Miami has several mechanisms for summer research internships and
scholarship programs that provide students with respectable summer stipends
($2000-3000 for one 10 week period per summer), 11-12 credit hours, and a modest
professional allowance ($500-750) to the faculty mentor to be used at his or her
discretion to support activities for their own research programs. The University
also has grant and scholarship programs that allow students to receive funds for
supplies and materials, as well as professional expense accounts for faculty who
mentor students. Further, the Graduate School has programs to foster research
interaction between undergraduate and graduate students that includes monetary
incentives for the grad student mentor and a supply budget for the
undergraduate. Thus there are many, many resources available for undergraduate
research at the departmental, college, and university levels. Lastly, our
faculty are expected to mentor undergraduate researchers, and most, if not all,
find this to be one of their most rewarding duties.
We strongly believe that the combination of classroom, laboratory, field, and
research experiences available to our students directly results in them having
broad backgrounds that makes them highly marketable on the job market and to
graduate or professional schools. We also believe that our flexible and multiple
degree programs make our department attractive. Additionally, all of our faculty
are committed to teaching at all levels with each core faculty member regularly
teaching at the freshman level thus limiting temporary faculty in these courses.
Further, we believe that a proactive approach to recruiting is essential to
maintaining our number of majors.
Miami has ten Ph.D. programs, with five in the sciences. Botany has
approximately 35 graduate students in residence, about half of which are
master's (M.S., M.A.) and half are doctoral (Ph.D.) students. Botany graduate
students may also opt to obtain an interdisciplinary graduate degree or
certification in Ecology or Molecular Biology, respectively. The M.A. is the
only non-thesis graduate degree that requires a full-time 4-6 months internship
in the plant sciences at an appropriate agency with a final report submitted to
the Botany Department. The M.S. and Ph.D. are research degrees. M.S. students
are required to take at least one graduate course in two of three areas, while
Ph.D. students are required to take at least one graduate course in all three
areas. M.S. students are required to take at least three graduate courses at
Miami, while Ph.D. students are required to take six. Both degrees require both
written and oral examinations, and an oral defense of the thesis or
dissertation. A student may bypass the M.S. and pursue a Ph.D. directly if
there is evidence of academic excellence based on coursework and/or
comprehensive exams, research productivity including publication, and 30
graduate credit hours completed.
We generally have approximately 100 applicants each year to our graduate
program and usually admit 5-12, depending on the number of open slots resulting
as students graduate. Most are supported on Teaching Assistantships, however
several are supported on either Research Assistantships or Fellowships.
Virtually, all of our graduate students are supported by the University, and for
a student to enter the program without support is strongly discouraged and only
considered on a case-by-case basis. Graduate courses offered include Taxonomy,
Systematics, Biotechnology, Morphology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Mycology.
Courses cross-listed and team-taught with Zoology and Microbiology include
Community and Population Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Molecular Biology, Cell
Biology, Electron Microscopy, and Instrumentation. Students take a variety of
laboratory and field-oriented field courses depending on their background and
area of specialization. The Botany Department has a sizeable research grant
program to which students may submit research proposals and receive funding
after peer review. This results in our students being able to think very broadly
and not be constrained to conduct research of their major professor's funded
The facilities at Miami University are extraordinary and include the Willard
Herbarium of over 500,000 specimens; an Electron Microscope Facility with TEM,
SEM, and Confocal Microscopy and Imaging; the Center for Bioinformatics and
Functional Genomics which has equipment such as DNA sequencers, a microarray
reader, and computer servers and clusters for bioinformatics; and Greenhouses
and growth chambers for live plant research. Our philosophy is that students
must to be trained in these technologies and utilize the instrumentation
themselves under initial supervision. Thus, facility staff are geared toward
teaching and training of users, rather than preparing and running samples for
researchers. This also means that each facility is able to keep user costs to a
Thus far, we have been lucky that no administrators have strongly advocated
for a merger with Zoology and Microbiology to form a larger Biology Department
or Division. We reinforce the idea that the distinction among the three Life
Science departments is our identity, that Biology Departments are a dime a dozen
while we remain a premier Botany department. We cooperate with the other life
science departments and associated museums to maintain a shared vision. We
advocate the concept of quality over quantity to the administration with regards
to the success of our graduates, with a nearly 100% job placement in the
profession or acceptance into graduate or professional schools within 6 months
of graduation. We also manage to carry our relative weight in comparison to the
Zoology and Microbiology Departments with regards to research funding and
publication rates, despite the fact that there are fewer sources of funding for
plant biology in general especially in the absence of an agricultural unit on
campus. In summary, we believe that we have an excellent Botany Department
because we are able to maintain a respectable number of undergraduate majors
through a variety of programs and opportunities available that results in highly
marketable graduates, a highly competitive graduate program where students
conduct and present research the world over, a committed and hard-working
faculty who excel in teaching and research, and a supportive administration that
recognizes the importance of quality over quantity. We realize we are more
fortunate than many departments and that we cannot take credit for some
circumstance and serendipity that may have contributed to our success and
longevity. Nonetheless, we will continue to work proactively to maintain a
strong department by providing diverse experiences for and many options to our
students, proactively recruiting especially at the undergraduate level, and
remaining productive in scholarship and effective in teaching.
—submitted by Linda E. Watson, Professor and Chair of Botany, Miami University
The dioecious Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis var.
consanguinea, is a somewhat non-descript shrub most of the year, yet when in
bloom can be quite interesting. Its pistilate flowers have fluffy white
plumes when its fruits are mature, giving it a local nickname of "Mrs.
Fuzzy-Wuzzy." The staminate flowers of "Mr. Fuzzy-Wuzzy" have prominent round,
pollen-bearing anthers. Their gender can be easily determined in the Fall,
as "Mrs. Fuzzy-Wuzzy" has powder-puffs, while "Mr. Fuzzy-Wuzzy" has little
Charles E. Blair
News from the Society
Keynote Address, Educational Forum
Botanical Society of
Snowbird, UT July 31, 2004
Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science
Education, presented the keynote address for the Educational Forum of the BSA,
"Just WhenYou Thought It Was Safe To Teach Evolution…"
Scott began by explaining that creationism continues to be a real problem in
science education. Statewide threats to evolution education occurred last year
in four states, and there were local threats in many more. The United States
stands out among industrialized countries in this regard: acceptance of human
evolution in the US is only half that in many European countries. Path analysis
indicates that religious conservatism explains the majority of creationist
beliefs. Political affiliation has almost no effect on acceptance vs. rejection
of evolution, among Americans in general, although as one audience member noted,
there can be local exceptions such as politicians in Oklahoma that split right
down party lines on evolution education. Because school boards and other
officials fear the furor of creationist citizens, evolution often gets left out
of museums and curricula. Scott noted the irony that more evolution is taught in
Catholic schools than in many public schools.
Scott outlined the history of creationist threats to evolution education in
America. The first period was the attempt to ban evolution teaching, as
epitomized in the Scopes trial. The second period was the post-Sputnik era when,
in response to renewed evolution education in textbooks such as those from BSCS,
creationists invented a secular version of creationism called creation-science.
This approach was shown most famously to be religion in disguise by the Arkansas
decision in 1982. This led to the third period, neocreationism, with its current
expression in Intelligent Design (ID). Many scientists, including some who are
quite religious (see www.asa3.org and resources at www.ncseweb.org for
examples), have objected to ID because it defines some phenomena as
fundamentally impossible to explain by naturalistic means. She explained the
flaws in many of the ID arguments.
Scott explained how we got to our current situation. First, America has no
established religion, and is the world capital of little independent
denominations. Second, we have had decentralized education (e.g. school boards)
from the beginning. Third, 30-40% of science teachers in seven states agreed
that creationism should have equal time, which goes along with the American
concept of fairness. Although fairness is good in itself, scientific truth is
not democratic; most scientists would prefer Lamarckism, which seems so much
fairer than natural selection, but it just is not true.
Scott signed copies of her new book, Evolution vs. Creationism: An
Introduction (Greenwood Press, 2004).
Summary by Stanley Rice, Southeastern Oklahoma State University (email@example.com).
Rita R. Colwell
Snowbird, UT August 1, 2004
Rita Colwell, who served as NSF Director from 1998-2004, presented the
plenary address of the BSA meeting, "Organismal Biology in Prime Time."
The main thrust of Colwell's presentation was that you cannot study large and
important phenomena from just a single perspective. When we study disease, we
quickly discover that epidemiology is actually ecology and evolution. Mosquitoes
spread malaria, so the study of diseases requires an understanding of their
ecology, and their evolution, as they spread and adapt to new photoperiods. We
needed to understand the ecology of rodents, and how their populations respond
to the El Niño Southern Oscillation, in order to understand hantavirus
epidemiology. The ecological and evolutionary approach is the only one that will
work in coming to grips with the chronic wasting disease now spreading among
wild mammals in the American west.
Colwell used an example from her own work with cholera bacteria (Vibrio
cholerae). Cholera is not merely an engineering problem of "How do we eradicate
it?" We will never eradicate cholera, and must undertake the more complex
task of learning how to control it. In order to understand how it is spread, we
first had to understand its ecology: its adaptation to adhere to copepods also
allows it to adhere to human intestinal walls. We also had to understand
sociology: the study of how people used water in India allowed the development
of a simple cloth-straining system that removed cholera from the water used in
homes. No single scientific approach can work for important questions. Neither
can these questions be approached by nations working separately, or by public
and private sectors working separately.
Dr. Colwell began and ended with a plea for all of us to continue pushing for
investment in basic science, in science education, and in public outreach. If
the professional societies remain silent, how is the general public to know the
difference between fringe and mainstream science? As it is now, even scientists
in different disciplines cannot understand one another; how can the public?
Colwell particularly emphasized the important role botanists will, or at least
should, play in the future, since plants keep the world alive. This means that
we must be willing to participate in the "rough and tumble" of government and
industry. In order to get people to understand why our research is important,
she said, why not form a lobby? We need, she said, a single loud voice.
Summary by Stanley Rice, Southeastern Oklahoma State University (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Complete transcripts of Dr. Scott's and Dr. Colwell's addresses are posted on
the BSA web page at www.botany.org
Address of the President
Botanical Society of America Banquent
"Botany in the news: how to communicate the fruits of our research."
Keeping botany in the news is an excellent way to promote the goals of the
Botanical Society of America and biologists worldwide. Even more important, we
need to encourage greater scientific literacy among voters, politicians, and
other decision makers. One facet of this effort is explaining our individual
research findings to the tax-paying public. As the incoming president of BSA,
I'd like to share a few of my thoughts and experiences in this arena.
1. Why communication is important
As botanists, we continually need to publicize our research accomplishments
in order to "justify our existence" in the eyes of administrators, federal
agencies, and society as a whole. Every year, competition for research funds and
new positions seems to get stiffer and stiffer, while academic departments are
hiring fewer organismal biologists, and fewer students are learning basic
botany. One way to address these problems is to do exciting research and make it
understandable to the public. Whether you work at a small college, a university,
or a museum, you are undoubtedly engaged in endeavors that the public should
know about. This can be accomplished at a local level, as well as at a truly
global level, by making use of the internet and the services of professional
2. Types of science writers
Most universities have staff writers who publicize scientific findings of
their faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. This kind of publicity
often leads to feature stories in local newspapers, and it is an excellent way
to promote botany at a local level. If a public-relations writer thinks your
work is intriguing and important, he/she may issue a university press release
that is available to science writers worldwide. To reach a very large audience,
you need to be recognized by science writers who work for agencies such as the
Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, the New York Times, Science News,
Discover, Science, or Nature. When your work is featured in one of these
high-profile outlets, it is likely to be picked up by other science writers and
"recycled" repeatedly in many different venues.
writers specialize in areas such as medical or environmental topics, while
others cover a huge range of subjects, making it is impossible for them to gain
a very deep understanding of botany. This is why it's important to explain the
highlights of your work in accessible, non-technical language.
3. What high-profile science writers are seeking
Reporters need an event to justify writing about your research, such as a new
publication or a talk at a national meeting. Obviously, papers that appear in
Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences are
inherently newsworthy, as long as science writers can figure out how to
translate them into engaging news stories. These types of papers are highly
original and they often address topics of fairly broad interest. However, many
other journals publish equally interesting and important findings, but their
news-stories-in-waiting often escape the notice of professional science writers.
Once in long while, articles in journals like the American Journal of Botany are
described in the news pages of Science or Nature - this could happen more often
if authors would promote their research findings more actively.
For gaining recognition, the best situation is to be able to say that you
have demonstrated "such-and-such" for the first time, so you can refer to it as
a new discovery. It also helps if you happen to work with a system that has
inherent public appeal, like plant sex, carnivorous plants, or topics that
directly affect people (in my case, GMOs). Even if your findings do not have
earthshaking implications for society, there may be angles that the public would
appreciate knowing about. People are fascinated by exotic field sites,
believe-it-or-not features of plants (biggest, oldest, smelliest, most
endangered, etc.), and anything that is entertaining or dangerous. For example,
BSA member Lena Struwe, at Rutgers University, received a lot of publicity for
publishing a "Potteresque" name for a new species of Ecuadorian gentian
4. How to help if you're contacted
Whatever you do, don't panic if a news reporter calls you up! Scientists have
a natural aversion to oversimplifying complicated results for public
consumption. We also worry about what our colleagues will think if reporters
misquote us or use unflattering sound bites. My research on the ecological and
evolutionary effects of transgenic crops is relevant to debates about genetic
engineering, and I have had both positive and negative experiences when
journalists report my findings. Some of the lessons I've learned are:
journalists like talking to friendly academics; most reporters are
conscientious, curious, and fun to work with; simple
and metaphors make their job much easier; reporters often work on unbelievably
tight deadlines; and, finally, news reports are ephemeral, and it's not worth
agonizing over the inevitable inaccuracies that creep into the media. To make
your findings more user-friendly, pretend that you are talking to a friend, a
relative, or a group of wide-eyed undergraduates, even though you know full well
that your words may be broadcast widely! Don't expect to be able to edit what a
reporter has written. There usually isn't enough time for this, although
sometimes you will be asked to fact-check a news story in advance.
One of my favorite sources of science news is the online publication of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is available
to subscribers at http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/ .
The science writers at AAAS are especially good at distilling the important
elements of new publications into concise, accurate, and interesting single-page
stories. Have a look at their website if you'd like to see how clever they are.
In any case, it's a good idea to read science news on a regular basis to see how
specialized, jargon-rich journal articles can be translated into everyday
English. These stories are also great for teaching undergraduates about what
In conclusion, we all know the many ways in which botanists constantly make
important contributions to society and the welfare of the planet. Communicating
these findings to the public is always worthwhile, and is easier and more
satisfying than many people realize.
Acknowledgements- I thank the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program (
http://www.leopoldleadership.org/content /index.jsp ) for their crash-course
in working with the media, and the many science writers who have contacted me
over the past few years, including Holly Wagner at Ohio State University. I
especially appreciate the advice I received from Virginia Gewin (Nature, PLoS,
free-lancer), Carol Kaesuk Yoon (NY Times), Edie Lau (Sacramento Bee), Susan
Milius (Science News), and Erik Stokstad (Science) while preparing this essay.
Ohio State University has been very supportive of my public service and outreach
activities. Finally, I thank the BSA membership for the opportunity to promote
scientific literacy while serving as your president!
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Ohio State
University, Columbus, OH 43210. email@example.com
The Botanical Society of America's 2004
James (Jim) Seago, SUNY Oswego
Harry (Jack) Horner, Iowa State
The Botanical Society of America's
YOUNG BOTANIST AWARDS Recipients
A. Certificate of Special Achievement
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
California State University, Chico
Guillot, Monica (Nickki)
Truman State University
Miesner. Jolene M.
Moore, Abigail J.
University of Utah
Miami University, Ohio
Vary, Laura B.
Walsh, Karen C.
Youngstrom, Sarah Elizabeth University of
also: 2003 Special Achievement Awardee omitted from last year's recognition.
Peters, Melinda D
James Madison University
B. Certificate of Recognition
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Central High School, Macon GA
Gregorich, Michele M.
Hrenko, Rikki L.
Southern Illinois University,
note: For a complete listing of awards presented at the annual meeting, see
the BSA web site: http://www.botany.org/newsite/awards/2004Awardrecipients.php
SOCIETY OF AMERICA'S 2004 GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS.
The purpose of these awards are to support and promote graduate student
research in the botanical sciences.
J. S. KARLING GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH
Krissa A. Skogen - "Understanding declines in Desmodium cuspidatum
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS
Orlando Alvarez-Fuentes - "The Biogeography of Thelypteris Subgenus
Monica Arakaki - "Systematics and population genetics of the genus
Heather Driscoll - "Evolutionary origins and biogeographic relationships of
Cecile Gueidan - "Molecular phylogeny of the Verrucariales"
Christopher T. Martine - "The evolution and natural history of
sexual systems in the endangered nightshades"
Miller-Rushing - "Is Thoreau's Data Still Hot?"
Darin S. Penneys -
"Phlogeny and Character Evolution in the Neotropical, Epiphytic Blakeeae"
Joey Shaw - "Toward an Understanding of the North American Plums"
Juan Carlos Villarreal - "Contributions of the Resolution of the
Phylogeny of Hornworts"
New BSA Corresponding Member.
Professor Hugh G. Dickinson
University of Oxford
Department of Plant Sciences,
Oxford, United Kingdom
In the basic biology of sexual plant reproduction, few have made the
contributions that Professor Hugh G. Dickinson has. Professor Dickinson's
contributions have centered on the biology of pollen and its interaction with
the gynoecium. His current position is Sherardian Professor of Botany, Keeper of
the Botanic Garden, and Professorial Fellow of Magdalen College at University of
Oxford. He received his degrees from the University of Birmingham from
baccalaureate to Ph.D. with Professor John Heslop-Harrison, a later D.Sc. and
did postdoctoral work at University College, London and the University of
Wisconsin with Professor Heslop-Harrison. From 1972 to 1991, he worked at
University of Reading progressing through the ranks from Lecturer to Head. He
moved to University of Oxford in 1991 to his current position, where he has
maintained an active and well funded program.
Professor Dickinson's early work included some of the first ultrastructural
investigations of pollen sporocyte meiosis, the early events of incompatibility,
stigma types and competition strategies. He presented novel and creative ideas
on cytoplasmic restructuring during meiosis, which are as dramatic as events in
the nucleus. He pursued pioneering studies on self-incompatibility that revealed
the sites of action, localization, biochemistry and control of molecules
involved with sporophytic self-incompatibility, including some of the most
elegant single pollen grain experiments done illustrating the speed and control
of action of self-incompatibility in the grasses. He has also examined the
effect of parent-of-origin questions regarding the genetic construction of the
endosperm using novel experimental methods, addressing the questions of
epigenetic modification and paternal silencing. His current interests include
male germ-line development and meiosis in Arabidopsis thaliana and
parent-of-origin imprinting of endosperm genes in maize and Arabidopsis.
According to ISI's Science Citation Index, his work
has been cited over
3,800 times in the open literature, which is quite a remarkable achievement. He
is currently one the speakers at this year's plenary symposium, and I am hoping
that he will participate with us at future meetings as a corresponding member.
Alicia Lourteig, 1913-2003
Professor Lourteig, corresponding member of the Botanical Society
of America during the past two decades, passed away on 30 July, 2003. Born on
December 17, 1913 in Buenos Aires, she received her bachelor's degree, diploma
in pharmacy, and Doctorate in Biochemistry and Pharmacie from the Faculty of
Medical Sciences of Buenos Aires. After 17 years at the Institute Miguel Lillo a
Tucuman and the Institut Darwinion (both in Argentina) she was brought to the
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, in 1955 to manage the New World
collections where she spent the remainder of her prolific career. Among her many
awards was the Millennium Award presented at the XVI International Botanical
Congress. With more than 200 scientific publications, she specialized in the
Ranunculaceae, Lythraceae, and Oxalidaceae.
An obituary may be found in Adansonia ser. 3. 2003. 25(2):149-150 also
available on-line at: http://www.mnhn.fr/publication/adanson/a03n2a0.pdf
I am writing in response to the letter from Bill Stern about spirit
collections (in PSB Volume 50, no.2). I am the spirit collection manager at the
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and would like to take this opportunity to give a
clear account of the practices used here.
Plant material is fixed and stored in what we call `Kew Mix'. This mixture
contains 53% industrial methylated spirit (98/99% total alcohols), 37% water, 5%
formaldehyde solution (38%w/w) and 5% glycerol.
The formaldehyde is a `true' fixative, forming covalent bonds between the
molecules composing the tissue (unlike alcohols, which simply disorder the
protein and alter patterns of hydrogen bonding). The use of formaldehyde should
preserve the tissue in the best way possible for many studies (including
cytological ones). Glycerol is also an important addition as it helps to prevent
the material from becoming brittle.
Our staff are experienced in the collection of spirit material, and have
helped to build up a high quality collection of specimens, which is a valuable
resource for the many scientists from around the world that use it. It was
therefore surprising to hear that Bill Stern did not find our specimens were of
value for his studies. Much of our material is collected in the field, where the
ideal chemicals are not always readily available - and hence other spirit mixes
may be used for the initial collection. This could explain why some of our
material was not deemed appropriate for detailed tissue studies. It is certainly
not a case of going for a `cheaper' option.
The collection was set up in 1930, with the intention of aiding taxonomic
studies. We welcome people to use the collection for any other types of studies
and are pleased to receive any comments on how we can make the material of more
value for them (as long as this is not to the detriment of taxonomic
It is also important to consider the toxicity of the materials involved,
which might explain why some spirit collections prefer not to use
formaldehyde/glacial acetic acid. Due to the toxicity of formaldehyde, we
transfer specimens to another mix before they are removed for study (`Copenhagen
Mix': 70% industrial methylated spirit, 28% water, 2% glycerol).
For further information about the Kew spirit collection, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org. Data for the 67,000+ specimens are held in the
Herbarium Catalogue database, which can be searched using ePIC at http://www.kew.org/searchepic/searchpage.do
Spirit Collection Manager
Royal Botanic Gardens,
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 $40,000, are intended
to provide individuals in midcareer with an opportunity to utilize the resources
and to 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
may begin any time after September 1st. Applications from international
scientists, women and minorities are encouraged. Fellowships are not intended
for graduate students or recent postdoctoral candidates. Information and
application instructions are available on the Harvard Forest web site (
http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu ). For additional information contact:
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 1st.
Botany References Available
The PA Dept. of Agriculture recently discarded several boxes of botany
references dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A friend of mine
who works there rescued them to my care so that I could find them a new home.
They comprise three series.
American Journal of Botany, 14 1/2 volumes, starting with Vol. 1
(1914): 1, 2, 4-12, 14, 15(1-3), 19, 20.
The North American Flora: 12 volumes.
Natuerliche Pflanzenfamilien: 20 volumes (part of the cover of the
spine is worn off in a few of these; in general all of the above volumes are in
Of course I want no money for these volumes if they are donated to a
university, research institute, or public library — except the cost of shipping.
However, "my" univesity (Shippensburg) has shipped items like these for me in
the past (e.g. recent sets of biology journals to Asia), so there would possibly
be no cost.
My question to you is: would it be appropriate to "run this ad" in the Plant
Science Bulletin? I would like to do so if possible.
An alternative would be for me to contact the used book dealers in
Shippensburg. I would transfer the proceeds to the PA Wild Resource Conservation
Thank you for considering this matter.
Larry Klotz, Ph.D. (member of BSA)
Dept. of Biology
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
International Society of
Environmental Botanists,NBRI Campus,Lucknow,INDIA
You are invited to visit the newly created website of International Society
of Environmental Botanists, Lucknow, India at:
BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN LAUNCHES
PREMIER ISSUE OF URBAN HABITATS ELECTRONIC JOURNAL
Focus on current research on biology of urban areas peer-reviewed, fully
indexed scientific journal welcomes submissions
Brooklyn, NY—May 20, 2004—Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) announces the premier
issue of Urban Habitats, a new electronic journal that focuses on current
research on the biology of urban areas. Papers cover a range of related subject
areas, including urban botany, conservation biology, wildlife and vegetation
management in urban areas, urban ecology, restoration of urban habitats,
landscape ecology and urban design, urban soils, bioplanning in metropolitan
regions, and the natural history of cities around the world.
BBG has a long and distinguished history of publishing scientific works,
including both the American Journal of Botany and Ecology for the first 20 years
of publication. Urban Habitats is a peer-reviewed, fully indexed scientific
journal, written and edited for a wide audience of researchers, restoration
ecologists, park and preserve managers, government officials and naturalists.
Dr. Steven Clemants, vice president for Science, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and
codirector, Center for Urban Restoration Ecology, is co-editor. "Urban areas are
often overlooked as important habitats for plants and wildlife. We feel there is
a global need to increase awareness and interest in urban habitats. To make this
knowledge available to science professionals, educators, policymakers, and the
general public, we have taken advantage of our long experience in publishing and
the incredible opportunities for dissemination globally via the Web to launch
Urban Habitats," he says. The journal is published by the Center for Urban
Restoration Ecology, a collaboration between Rutgers University and Brooklyn
"We are particularly interested in featuring papers that take advantage of
the unique possibilities of the e-journal format, such as color illustrations,
animated models, video, sound, downloadable databases and interactive
discussions," Dr. Clemants explains. Articles are welcomed from scientists,
scholars, and practitioners in urban habitat restoration, conservation biology,
urban botany, landscape architecture and design, and other fields concerning
Janet Marinelli, co-editor of Urban Habitats and
director of Publishing, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Member of the Steering
Committee, Center for Urban Restoration Ecology, says of the new publication,
"We're publishing studies covering cities from Brooklyn to Beijing." Marinelli
adds, "For the first time, more people live in cities than in rural areas
worldwide, and urban areas are growing fast. Cities are the future of this
planet. In Urban Habitats, we're exploring their evolution and ecological
The premier issue of Urban Habitats, a peer-reviewed journal on the biology
of urban areas, presents "Urban Floras," Volume 1, Number 1, December 2003. The
e-journal is available free of charge at www.urbanhabitats.org
Papers include the following topics:
Patterns of Species Diversity in Eight Northeastern United States Cities In
this paper, the native and nonnative floras of Boston, New York, Philadelphia,
Washington, D.C., Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis urban areas are
compared and overall native diversity and nonnative diversity are correlated
with a variety of factors. Highlights show a contrast with past research on
native species demonstrating a strong correlation of native species richness
with latitude and elevations, due to climatic differences present at different
latitudes and elevations. Authors: Steven E. Clemants and Gerry Moore, Brooklyn
Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.
An Overview of the New York
Metropolitan Flora Project This paper provides an overview of Brooklyn Botanic
Garden's New York Metropolitan Flora Project. Previous efforts to document the
flora of the New York metropolitan region are reviewed, including the
contributions of many notable botanists, institutions, and groups. The paper
highlights the two major trends that are found in the flora: the decline of
native species and the spread of nonnative plants. Authors: Gerry
Angela Steward, Steven E. Clemants, Steven Glenn, and Jinshuang Ma, Brooklyn
Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.
A Short Bibliography of Urban Floras A list of urban floras from around the
world, in alphabetical order by city. Author: Steven E. Clemants, Brooklyn
Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Flora of Beijing: An Overview and Suggestions for Future Research The current
Flora of Beijing is reviewed, especially from the perspective of the standards
of modern urban floras in western countries. The geography, land-use and
population patterns, and vegetation of Beijing are discussed, as well as the
history of Flora of Beijing. Authors: Jinshuang Ma, Brooklyn Botanic Garden,
Brooklyn, N.Y., and Quanru Liu, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.
The Nonnative Flora of the Kyiv (Kiev) Urban Area, Ukraine: A Checklist and
Brief Analysis This paper presents an annotated checklist of nonnative flora of
the city and suburbs of Kiev. Authors: Sergei L. Mosyakin and Oksana G.
Yavorska, Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine.
The Effects of Climate Change on
the Vegetation of Central European Cities Since the 1850s, the effects of global
warming have been anticipated by the rise of temperature in many big cities. In
addition, vegetation changes in central European cities have been well
documented. This paper begins by exploring the changing urban distribution of
some ruderal herbaceous species, then discusses changes in distribution and
physiological changes in tree and shrub species in response to this rise in
temperature. Authors: Herbert Sukopp, Berlin, Germany, and Angelica Wurzel,
Ruderalization in a Roman Park as a Result of Changing Management Rome has
one of the best open-space systems in Europe, and the Parco Urbano del Pineto is
among its crown jewels. The 250-hectare park is among the city's last extensive
undeveloped areas and has one of the most diverse floras in Rome. The paper
compares studies conducted over a ten-year period of the vegetation in
one-hectare quadrates in the park. Both reforestation and ruderalization will
likely lead to a loss of biodiversity in the years ahead as important habitats
and species niches are lost. Authors: P.M. Bianco, G. Fanelli, P. Tescarollo,
and S. Pignatti, Rome.
A Reconstruction of the Flora and Vegetation in the Central Area of Early
Medieval Kyiv, Ukraine, Based on the Results of Palynological Investigations
This paper provides a partial reconstruction of the main features of the flora
and vegetation of the central area of the city of Kiev, Ukraine, in early
medieval times. The reconstruction is based on fossil spore and pollen samples.
Highlights include new details and paleobotanical information on the anthropic
factors influencing the formation of the urban flora and vegetation of ancient
Kiev. Authors: Lyudmila G. Bezusko, Timur V. Bezusko, and Sergei L. Mosyakin,
Submissions to Urban Habitats should be e-mailed to the journal
in the form of a cover letter that includes separate attachments for the article
text, tables, charts, illustrations, photographs, and other material. The
article submitted must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Upon acceptance by the journal, the author will receive a production schedule
detailing edit, peer-review, rewrite, and final-approval deadlines.
Prepublication of abstracts with authors' biographies will appear online
approximately three months before the issue's electronic publication. For more
details, log on to www.urbanhabitats.org
Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an
independent nonprofit institution committed to education, research, and the
display of horticulture. BBG serves communities in New York City and
internationally through its world-class gardens, extensive research collections,
publications, and numerous educational and community programs. Situated on 52
acres in the heart of the Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 10,000 types of
plants and hosts more than 750,000 visitors annually. For more information, call
Garden Florilegium Society: Portraits of a Garden
Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery
September 18_November 14
Brooklyn, NY—June 3, 2004—Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) unveils
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society: Portraits of a Garden
.The second annual exhibition of new drawings and paintings of plants based on
the dazzling horticultural displays at the Garden, recognized as one of the
world's leading urban botanic gardens, are on view Saturday, September 18 to
Sunday, November 14 in the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, the first florilegium society in
North America, held its debut exhibition a year ago. Modeled on the first
florilegia published in Europe 400-hundred years ago to record the great gardens
of Europe, this contemporary florilegium celebrates the glories of plants
growing at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Florilegium Society's new exhibit,
Portraits of a Garden features fifty original paintings and drawings in
watercolor, gouache, acrylic, ink, and graphite pencil.
The botanical artists of the Society, who are among this country's most
talented, are given strict parameters: they must draw from live plants
represented in BBG's living collections. The specimens are selected by a team of
collectors and Garden curators who choose plants that align with the artists'
tastes and talents. Two chosen BBG specimens are cut—one for the BBG Herbarium
and one for the artist. The plants from the collections are then carefully
wrapped to preserve the plant and are shipped via overnight delivery to the
artists who are located throughout the country. No backyard garden, florist or
even other botanical garden plants are acceptable. The artists are responsible
for producing work of complete botanical accuracy that characterizes traditional
botanical art. Every illustration submission is accompanied by an artist's
statement describing the flora and the background story on the art.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society was founded in 2000 by Francesca
Anderson, Gina Ingoglia, and Elizabeth Scholtz, Director Emeritus, Brooklyn
Botanic Garden. The art is part of the permanent collection of the Library and
is housed in the Rare Book Room. The curator is Patricia Jonas, Director of
Library Services. The Society is dedicated to creating a unique document of
Brooklyn Botanic Garden's living collections. With almost 100 works contributed
to date, Florilegium Society members from near and far have made an impressive
start on representing the more than 10,000 kinds of plants growing at Brooklyn
According to Jonas, "Each illustration is a revelation of how the creative
spirit transforms and enlivens scientific observation—the quality that has made
botanical art, antique and contemporary, in such demand today. There is a unique
characteristic that personifies every botanical illustration that makes this
genre such an enduring and seductive display of art," she added.
Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an independent
nonprofit institution committed to education, research, and the display of
horticulture. BBG serves communities in New York City and internationally
through its world-class gardens, extensive research collections, and numerous
educational and community programs. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of
Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 10,000 types of plants and hosts more than
750,000 visitors annually.
Symposia, Conferences, Meetings
XVII INTERNATIONAL BOTANICAL
Vienna, Austria, Europe
17-23 July, 2005
12-16 July, 2005
On behalf of the Organizing Committees we would like to extend a warm
"Welcome to Vienna." You are cordially invited to participate in the XVII
International Botanical Congress (Scientific sessions and Nomenclatural Section)
during 12-23 July, 2005 in Vienna, Austria. As with previous International
Botanical Congresses, this conference will emphasize the newest developments
throughout the botanical sciences world-wide. There will also be an historical
flavour to IBC Vienna 2005, as the second International Botanical Congress was
held in Vienna in 1905, exactly 100 years ago.
The program of XVII IBC 2005 includes all aspects of basic and applied
botanical research. Progress in the different sub-disciplines will be
illustrated through plenary talks, general lectures, symposia, and poster
sessions. Ample meeting space will be provided for specialized workshops, small
group meetings, and ad-hoc discussions. There will also be a large exhibitor
area including booksellers, publishers, laboratory equipment manufacturers,
societies, etc., designed to demonstrate the newest products and applications in
the botanical sciences.
The international character of IBC Vienna 2005 will help to broaden our
scientific horizons and facilitate and strengthen personal contacts with
colleagues throughout the world. Vienna is an international city and has long
been a gateway between western and
eastern European countries. We especially
encourage young scientists to participants, and toward this end, the
registration fee for students has been kept as low as possible.
The scientific contents and significance of IBC Vienna 2005 are determined by
contributions from the participants. These will result in a broad and remarkable
diversity of specialized symposia, plus general lectures summarizing current and
newly developing botanical frontiers. Opportunities also exist for visiting the
many university facilities, libraries, and rich botanical collections throughout
the city, as well as for participating in numerous field excursions in
fascinating European destinations. We cordially invite you, therefore, to
present your newest research results at this international forum and to interact
with colleagues during discussions and coffee breaks. We also remind you to
enjoy the wonderful city and surroundings of Vienna _ the former capital of the
large and elegant Habsburg monarchy, which was a major influence in Europe for
more than 600 years. Now, after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the most recent
accession of several countries to the European Union, Vienna continues to play
an important role in Central European culture and politics.
Please visit our homepage http://www.ibc2005.ac.at/ for
detailed information and registration.
Above all, we wish you a stimulating, productive, and successful conference
as well as a pleasant stay.
SECOND GLOBAL SUMMIT ON MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC
October 25, 2004
Theme: "Prospects and Constraints in Cultivation, Production and Marketing
of Medicinal Plants".
The Century Foundation, India had organized the First Global Summit on
Medicinal Plants in Mauritius Island during September 2003 in order to attract
medicinal plant experts to discuss the recent trends in the field of medicinal
plants and importance of herbal medicine in the new millennium. The Summit was
attended by participants from moiré than 20 countries and more than 100 research
papers were presented during the event. At the concluding ceremony of the
summit, it was decided to organize the Second Global Summit on Medicinal and
Aromatic plants in New Delhi, India during 2004.
Plants have been a major source of medicine for human kind. As per the
available information a total of at least 35000 plant species are widely used
for medicinal purposes. The demand for traditional herbal medicine is increasing
very rapidly mainly because of harmful effects of synthetic chemical drugs. The
World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 80% of the population of
developing countries depend on traditional system of medicine, mostly plant
based products for their primary health care. The global clamor for more herbal
ingredients creates possibilities for the local cultivation of medicinal and
aromatic crops as well as for the regulated and sustainable harvest of wild
Such endeavours could help raise more rural employment in the developing
countries, boost commerce around the world and perhaps contribute to the health
The scheduled summit will be a forum where academicians, researchers,
producers and personnel from industry share ideas, information and experiences,
and as well as initiate collaborations and cooperation in the development of the
world herbal industry. The event will explore the world's hopes and concerns for
the potential of plant-based medicines and other alternative therapies.
We, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, take this opportunity to extend a
warm invitation to you to attend this eventful Global summit in New Delhi, India
from 25-29, October, 2004. However this is without any financial commitment on
the part of the organizers.
Looking Forward to Meeting You All With warm Regards
Dr. V. Sivaram - President
Dr. Anita M - Organizing Secretary
C/o Century Foundation
# 35, 3rd Cross Road, Vignannagar,
Bangalore - 560075, INDIA
Third International Conference on Plants & Environmental Pollution
(Exact date and schedule will be announced soon)
International Society of Environmental
Botanists (ISEB) &National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI)
To find more details about the Society, its activities and
the proposed ICPEP-3 please visit official web site of ISEB.
Dr. R.D. Tripathi & Dr. Kamla
(Organizing Secretaries ICPEP-3)
Rana Pratap Marg
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
+91-522-2205831 to 35
Fax : +91-522-2205836 / 2205839
request your participation in the Conference & solicit your help in
giving wide publicity to this event.
Dr. K. J. Ahmad Secretary,
Dr. P. Pushpangadan President, ISEB & Director, NBRI
Books Reviewed In this
DEVELOPMENTAL AND STRUCTURAL
de Plantes , Halle, Francis - David W.
and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology . Hall, Brian K. and
Wendy M. Olson (eds) - Marshall D.
Plant Species of the World: A Reference Guide to Environmental Weeds .
A Gardener's Encyclopedia . Hogan, Sean. - Michael A.
and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees . Lehner, Ernst and Johanna.
Interactive Manual and Photo-Library of Woody Landscape Plants . Dirr,
of Transposable Elements: A Guide to the Perplexed and the Novice .
- Robynn K.
for American Gardens . Mickel, John T. - Kerry D.
Aquilegia, Paraquilegia, and Semiaquilegia . Nold, Robert. - Riser,
James P. II....................94
of Tropical Woody Plants in the Absence of Flowers: A Field Guide (2nd
Keller, Roland. - Fabian A.
of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada .
Gleason, Henry A.
and Arthur Cronquist. - Tyler
and Vines of New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic States . Martine, C.T. and
Halle' wrote the book under review with a different aim than the earlier
ones, and its content and organization reflect this approach. The earlier books
provided the theoretical basis for the concept of models with full reference to
the classical literature. They describe 21 discrete models of tree architecture,
based on axis type and extension. These books are organized by the various
models, with extensive descriptions of the species in different families that
are examples of the models. The present book succinctly defines the concept of
architecture and describes different architectural models. It more extensively
documents a new model, of rhizomatous perennial plants, based on the work of his
friend and colleague Adrian Bell. The book also reviews the research that has
been published since the appearance of the 1978 book 26 years ago. The body of
the book is a detailed description of the architectural models in a few selected
families, and the organization is entirely systematic. Hallé's intent is to show
the utility of architectural models in phylogenetic systematics. The book
includes a total of 316 figures, all elegant drawings by Hallé that capture the
growth forms of individual plants, for a total of 731 species of angiosperms and
gymnosperms, comprising 36 families. Thirteen families are gymnosperms: two
cycads, two in the Gnetophyta, Gingkophyta, and 9 conifer families. Twenty three
families are angiosperms, particularly among more primitive families. These
include the basal angiosperm families Amborellaceae, Chloranthaceae and
Illiciaceae, and 14 families in four orders of the Magnoliid complex. The
description concludes with some key families in the Asterid Clade, particularly
in the Ericales (Ericaceae, Lecythidaceae and Myrsinaceae), an extensive
description of the Rubiaceae, and two monocot families, the Arecaceae and
Pandanaceae. It is quite easy to compare the architectural patterns from these
drawings, particularly with the straightforward symbolism and the use of red to
denote the positions of reproductive structures. Thus, knowledge of French is
not critical in identifying and comparing the architectural patterns within and
among these families.
Architectures de Plantes, Francis
Hallé. 2004. Published by the author, available from Francis Hallé, 109 Avenue
de Lodève, 34070 Montpellier, France, email: email@example.com.
(ISBN 2-95213119-0-2, paperbound, $70.00, shipping included). Francis Hallé is
an eminent French botanist, recently retired from the University of Montpellier.
He is known for his research and writing on plant architecture, that of tropical
trees in particular. He has also initiated pioneering research on tropical
rainforest canopies through the use of the canopy raft. Hallé was elected as a
corresponding member of the Botanical Society of America for his
accomplishments. The concept of tree architecture, of genetically programmed
patterns of development consistently observed in individual species, was
formalized by Hallé in the 1960's, based on previous research and his own
extensive field observations, particularly in the tropics. The concept of
reiteration, the repetition of the model inherent in each species due to
environmentally-induced damage, was added by his associate Roelof Oldeman.
Hallé's first monograph on tree architecture was published in French in 1970.
Because of the greater variety of architectural types in the tropics, tree
architecture was of particular interest to specialists working there, and the
book was translated into English by Benjamin Stone of the University of Malaya
in 1975. The publication of the much more comprehensive book "Tropical Trees and
Forests: an Architectural Analysis", by Hallé, Oldeman and Barry Tomlinson in
1978, spread the concepts of tree architecture and reiteration to a much wider
audience. This book still is heavily cited by tropical specialists, but has been
out of print for many years. Tree architecture continues to be a valuable
concept, to inspire innovative research, but we no longer have easy access to
the ideas of the original author. I personally use these concepts at all levels
of teaching, from non-majors to graduate students. I have students read the
article in American Scientist (1982) by Tomlinson which also discusses the
elegant quantitative tree models published by Fisher and Honda, influenced by
Hallé's writing. Adrian Bell's handsome book "Plant Form", published in 1991,
also has a good introduction to tree architecture.
Hallé wrote and published this book at the beginning of still another
revolution in plant systematics: the fusion of development, genetics and
systematics, or "evo-devo". In almost all cases, architectural models within
species are fixed, and presumably under genetic control. Ultimately, the aim of
evo-devo is to reconcile the development of organs and form in plants with
evolutionary systematics. A part of this research program will be to understand
the evolution of architectural models from the standpoint of their genetic
control, and it is important to appreciate the variation in plant architecture
among key families of plants as a prelude to doing this research.
Thus, "Architecture de Plantes" is not a textbook about plant
architecture. If it were (and if it were written in English) I would recommend
it to all botanists. It is a monograph, primarily based on the personal
field observations of the author, on the distribution of architectural models in
a select and very interesting sample of families of seed plants. Those
interested in the systematics and evolution of angiosperms, particularly in the
integration of the evolution, development and systematics should purchase this
book, and it should be in the libraries of universities with research programs
in botany and allied plant sciences. Although not case-bound, the book is
sturdily bound with a heavy paper cover, attractively printed on heavy coated
stock, and is reasonably priced in comparison to other specialized books in the
field. Architecture de Plantes is clearly not for everyone, but should be in
your college or university library.
David W. Lee, Florida International University
Bell, A.D. 1991. Plant form: an illustrated guide to flowering
plant morphology. Oxford University Press, London.
Hallé, F. and R.A.A. Oldeman. 1970. Essai sur l'architecture et
la dynamique de croissance des arbres tropicaux. Masson, Paris.
Hallé, F. and R.A.A. Oldeman. 1970. An essay on the
architecture and dynamics of growth of tropical trees. Penerbit University
Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (translated by B.C. Stone).
Hallé, F., R.A.A. Oldeman and P.B. Tomlinson. 1978. Tropical
trees and forests: an architectural analysis. Springer-Verlag, Heibelberg.
Tomlinson. P.B. 1983. Tree architecture. American Scientist
Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental
Biology, Hall, Brian K. and Wendy M. Olson (eds). 2003. ISBN 0-674-00904-5
(Cloth, US$59.95) 476pp. Harvard University Press, 79 Garden Street, Cambridge,
MA , 02138. Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Evo-Devo, is an exciting recent
trend in evolutionary thinking that combines tenants of the population
genetics-based New Synthesis of the past half century with more recent concepts
of cellular/molecular-based developmental biology. The editors have identified
50 keywords and concepts and invited experts in the field to contribute chapter
essays to explain and illustrate the concepts. The chapters are arranged
alphabetically from "Animal Phyla" through "Variation."Not surprisingly, the
focus of most chapters is on animal systems and only three chapters focus
specifically on plants. In "Developmental Processes that Generate Plant Form,
Tsvi Sachs provides a brief overview of plant development concentrating on
meristems, indeterminate growth, and the totipotency of meristematic cells. He
emphasizes that epigenetic forces are important in plant development and that
"An essential characteristic of development that is self-correcting rather than
programmed is that it is robust, and not readily perturbed …" The chapter on
"Evolution of Plant Body Plans and Allometry" by Karl Niklas reinforces the
ecological advantages of phenotypic plasticity. After briefly describing the
"type concept" of body plans, originally proposed for animals, he introduces
phenotypic plasticity in plants and variations on the three basic plant body
plans - - unicellular, colonial and multicellular. Niklas argues that because
each of these plans follow the same allometric scaling rules over ten or more
orders of magnitude, biophysical constraints must have a profound influence on
evolution. Hong Ma, in his chapter "Homeotic Genes in Flowering Plants"
summarizes our understanding of the interplay of floral meristem and organ
Plant examples are at least mentioned in five additional chapters, usually
because of their phenotypic plasticity under different environmental conditions,
both external and internal. As many as 16 additional chapters will be of
interest to botanists because of the universality of the topics covered. These
include essays on "Constraint," "Growth," "Hierarchy," "Homology and Homoplasy,"
"Phenotype and Genotype," "Phylogeny," "Speciation," and "Variation."
As might be expected in a book with more than 60 contributors, there is some
unevenness between chapters, particularly in the depth of coverage, but overall
the editors did a good job of putting together a consistently readable
informative collection. While the emphasis was on presenting our current level
of understanding, I particularly appreciated the historical background many of
the authors provided for their essay. I found myself making a list of books and
articles to add to my list of things to be read! Researchers will find the book
to be a useful review of research in related fields peripheral to their own
work. For anyone teaching evolution, especially those who were trained in the
"New Synthesis," this book is "must reading" in order to gain some insight into
a new and vigorously growing subdiscipline of evolutionary thought. - Marshall
D. Sundberg, Emporia State University
Invasive Plant Species of the World: A Reference
Guide to Environmental Weeds. Weber, E. 2003. ISBN 0-85199-695-7 (cloth US$
) 548 pp. CABI Publishing, 44 Brattle Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge,
MA 02138, USA. _ The literature on invasive species continues to grow and shows
no sign of stopping. There is valid concern for the dilemma posed by invasive
plants. After habitat destruction, introduced species have had the second most
negative influence on threatened and endangered species. I chose to review
Invasive Plant Species of the World: A Reference Guide to Environmental Weeds
because of the subject; Weber's book stands out because of its scope.
This is an encyclopedia of worldwide invasive plant species. After a brief
yet informative introduction, the "450 major invasive plant species" are covered
one species per page with the same format per page. Many publications dealing
with biotic invasions prioritize the organisms with the greatest impact (e.g.,
Stein and Flack 1996). Instead, the species in Invasive Plant Species of the
World are listed alphabetically by genus. The complete technical name with
authorities and family comprise the title of each listing. This is followed by
three categories identified with abbreviations: LF (life form), SN (synonyms)
and CU (commercial use). Of course SN and CU may be blank for some species.
Next, each plant is described in a table "Geographic Distribution" which in
addition to six continents broken into regions also includes Atlantic
Islands, Indian Ocean Islands and Pacific Islands . One
complaint is the ambiguous symbols (a combination of letters and symbols
actually) used in the distribution tables. Unless used frequently, I found
myself referring back to the key at the beginning of the book to decipher what I
was reading. The rest of the species-by-species treatments are written, concise
summaries with logical headings. "Invaded Habitats" is a short phrase describing
just that. The "Description" is technical without being too dense; a basic
botanical dictionary could help occasionally. (Weber's Glossary is adequate but
short, only 4 pages long.) "Ecology and Control" highlights significant features
that help the plant succeed and may be important for land managers. Here
features such as life history, dispersal peculiarities, dormancy and control
strategies, to name a few, are highlighted. Finally, each species has numbered
references that link to an impressive "References" section of 1462 citations.
This is an encyclopedia of worldwide invasive plant species. Therefore do not
expect showy pictures or even maps. However readers seeking illustrations need
only to turn the plethora of illustrated floras and even some with an invasive
focus (e.g., Randall & Marinelli 1996). However, Randall &
Marinelli's (1996) book does not have the scope of Weber's encyclopedia.
Investigators needing an illustration of a plant will need to consult their
favorite guide. The sobering (subliminal?) message of Weber's volume is the
extent of the invasive plant crisis. After reviewing the concise "Geographic
Distribution" tables for each species, I was humbled by how many species are
invasive and regions invaded. Provincial thinking should be cast aside as many
"native" are invasive elsewhere. The movement of species goes in many
directions. For example, Acer negundo an American native tree is invasive
in central France, Eastern Europe and Australia. Baccharis halimifolia,
another American native, has invaded coastal southern Europe and Australia. The
rogues' gallery of Invasive Plant Species of the World: A Reference Guide to
Environmental Weeds is populated by the familiar and the obscure, today's
least-wanted species and tomorrow's dilemmas.
A very useful feature of this encyclopedia is the "List of synonyms" which
should help users wade through the confusion of taxonomy. This feature at the
end of the book is in addition to the category SN under each species heading.
One example: Polygonum cuspidatum, Japanese knotweed, an increasing
member of the flora of the United States is now listed as Fallopia
Do not expect a flashy retelling of the plant invasion story nor expect a
user's guide to weed eradication and control. Instead Weber has compiled a
thorough though admittedly somewhat arbitrary listing of invasive plant species
of global concern. No matter your setting or habitat you are most likely to find
some plants growing outside your door described in this book. Later editions of
Weber's encyclopedia will unfortunately be longer. The lists will grow. Still,
the breadth of species covered in this book should inspire and warn a new
generation of land managers, gardeners and researchers. - Scott Ruhren,
Department of Biological Sciences, Ranger Hall, University of Rhode Island,
Kingston, RI 02881. (firstname.lastname@example.org
Stein, B.A. and S.R. Flack, eds. 1996. America's Least Wanted:
Alien Species Invasions of U.S. Ecosystems. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington,
Randall, J.M. & J. Marinelli, eds. 1996. Invasive Plants:
Weeds of the Global Garden. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Inc.
Flora: A Gardener's Encyclopedia. Hogan, Sean
(chief consultant). 2003. ISBN: 0-88192-538-1. (Hardcover, 31 cm, 2 volumes with
slipcase, CD-ROM included with first edition; US$99.95). 1584 pp. Timber Press,
133 SW Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204;
http://www.timberpress.com/. CD version: Multimedia CD, Macintosh and PC
Compatible. ISBN: 0-88192-624-8. (US$39.95). - From the moment I received this
magnificent publication I was enthralled! The detail, the beauty, the
accessibility of information... This is a massive tome, with descriptions of
over 20,000 plants, over 12,000 color photos, 101 color illustrations, and 14
maps. My mind boggles at the amount of time and effort that must have gone into
the preparation of this encyclopedia. Hogan and other contributors are to be
congratulated. As a general reference on cultivated plants, these volumes stand
on a plain of their own. It is a feast for the eyes.
The encyclopedia begins with 60+ pages of introductory material. First are
two pages about how the volumes work. For each genus, there is a description and
brief discussion of cultivation techniques, followed by species descriptions
giving the Latin names, synonyms, common names, descriptions, cultivars, and
hardiness zones. Color photographs illustrate many species and cultivars. Next
follow short essays with information on gardening as a tradition, gardening in
the USA, origins of the native North American flora, and hardiness zones. Each
of the 12 USDA hardiness zones is given a 2-page treatment describing the
climate, temperature extremes, and flora, and is mapped and artistically
illustrated. A four-page discussion of plant nomenclature and the naming of
hybrids and cultivars precedes an essay on plant geography, discovery and
classification. The final discussion is of horticultural plant groups, and fills
12 pages. Each of these essays is succinct and well written, presenting in a
non-technical yet detailed manner the subject at hand. The bulk of the two
volumes is taken up by the descriptions of the genera, species, and cultivars
covered, and illustrations of many of these. I will discuss this treatment in
more detail below. At the end of the second volume is a brief (5 page)
illustration of morphological features, including leaf structures and
terminology, flower and inflorescence structure, and fruit types, followed by a
13 page glossary, and a very thorough index of Latin and common names, cultivar
names, and illustrations.
The bulk of the nearly 1600 pages of these two volumes is occupied by the
generic treatments. All genera are listed alphabetically, and within each genus
is a list of species and cultivars, with photographs of many. Within each
description is mention of the family in which it is placed, though there is
no list of families and the genera contained therein. Coverage of taxa is
generally quite good. In each genus, at least the more commonly cultivated
species/cultivars are described, and often some lesser-known species are also
described. As an example, the genus Abelia (Caprifoliaceae), the first
alphabetically in the text, is represented by 8 species, hybrids, or cultivars;
comparing this to the generic treatment in Rehder's Manual (Rehder 1940),
the Flora treatment compares well, giving descriptions of all but one
species listed by Rehder, and containing one species not mentioned by Rehder.
Looking at treatments of genera close to my heart, Flora describes only
one species of Cladrastis (Fabaceae), while our recent monograph
describes six species (Duley & Vincent 2003). The genus Trifolium
(clovers, Fabaceae) is represented by only four species, out of some 250 species
in this large genus, while some of the more commonly cultivated (agronomical)
species, such as T. pratense, T. incarnatum , and T.
campestre, are not mentioned. On the other end of the spectrum, some taxa
are covered in extreme detail, such as the genus Rosa (Rosaceae), the
treatment of which encompasses 69 pages, describes 65 species, and illustrates
about 1080 species and cultivars! The treatment of Rhododendron
(Ericaceae) covers 58 pages, and that of Camellia (Theaceae) covers 25
This encyclopedia would be extremely useful for gardeners and
horticulturalists who wish to see illustrations of species or cultivars
described in books or gardening magazines. It would also be very useful for
those connoisseurs and collectors looking for new ideas for their gardens, and
knowledgeable horticulturalists wanting to identify plants when they know the
genus to which it belongs. This is not, however, a publication that could be
used by the novice to make an identification; the books contain no keys to any
of the plants described in its pages. I have had fun using Flora in
conjunction with identification manuals, such as Rehder (1940), Bailey (1938),
and the European Garden Flora (Walters & Cullen 1989-2000), to make
identifications of cultivated plants.
I must make mention of the CD version of the publication (which comes with
the printed version, or can be purchased separately). Most of the information
contained in the printed volumes is also to be found in the CD version. In
addition, there are ways to get at the information on the CD that are not
present in the printed volume, such as the ability to search by categories such
as 15 different plant groups. There is a "plant chooser" feature that allows the
user to enter data, such as plant groups,uses, hardiness zones, height,
position in the garden, color, and so on, to get lists of plants that might be
appropriate for a particular need. A feature called "Plants through the Seasons"
shows the appearance of a limited list of mostly woody plant species over the
course of a year. Another nice feature on the CD is a "Garden Journal" that
allows the user to record information on plants in his or her own garden. There
are also useful sources features, such as web links to gardening sites, a
spell-checker, screensavers, a search menu, and the ability to print
information, which are not available from the printed version. For those
interested in a cheaper and more interactive product, the CD version may be the
way to go.
There is also available a small (376 pp) paperback volume entitled Flora:
Plant Names (ISBN: 0-88192-605-1; US$14.95) that is essentially a dictionary
of about 20,000 Latin names and their common name equivalents. While I have not
yet seen this volume, it sounds extremely useful and has gotten good reviews.
I do not have many negative comments about these publications. A few of the
photos are of such a scale that they provide little information. On the CD, some
of the photos appear to be of lower resolution, and did not show up well on my
computer screen, though most were of adequate quality. One particular interest
of mine is invasive plants, especially plants escaping from cultivation, and I
found the discussion of invasiveness and cautions about this problem to be
overly brief (only one paragraph). This is an ecological consideration about
which gardeners and horticulturalists need to become more aware.
In summary, I consider this encyclopedia a must-buy for any serious gardener,
professional horticulturalist, and any taxonomist who in any way deals with
cultivated plants. - - Michael A. Vincent, W.S. Turrell Herbarium (MU),
Department of Botany, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056
Bailey, L.H. 1938. Manual of Cultivated Plants. Macmillan, New
Duley, M.L. and M.A. Vincent. 2003. A synopsis of the genus
Cladrastis (Leguminosae). Rhodora 105: 205-239.
Rehder, A. 1940. Manual of Cultivated Trees and Shrubs.
Macmillan, New York, NY.
Walters, S. M. and Cullen, J. (eds.). 1989-2000. The
European Garden Flora. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. 6
Folklore, and Symbiosis of Flowers, Plants
and Trees. Lehner, Ernst and Johanna. 2003. ISBN 0-486-42978-4 (Paper,
US$11.95) 128 pp. Dover Publications, 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, New York
11501. Dover Press reissues many older books, including a number on botany, in
inexpensive editions. One of these most recently produced is Folklore and
Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees by Ernst and Johanna Lehner. The prices
of these books is often low, in part because they are reissued works with no
color illustrations and/or photographs, as is the case in this work. The present
volume was originally issued in 1960.
The authors present many plants which might be placed under the general
heading of "interesting and important plants," the sort which can be used in any
introductory course to grab the students' attention. The various short entries,
most running a half page and each accompanied by a black and white illustration,
are grouped under several headings: "Sacred Plants," "Flower Lore and Legend,"
"Strange and Wondrous Plants," "The Flower Calendar," and "The Language of
Flowers." Within these sections the articles are arranged alphabetically,
with the first two categories covering many economically important plants. The
third category details a number of legendary plants, such as the Barnacle Tree
which was supposed to produce barnacle geese as fruits which dropped from the
tree and became free-living geese. The last two categories then cover various
plants and flowers associated with different times of the year in different
parts of the world, as well as the Victorian language of flowers by which
messages could be sent using a selection of different flowers.
While the articles are generally short, this book presents a significant
opportunity to raise excitement about botany in minds both young and old. There
are many works which explore these topics more fully—for example, more
information on the barnacle goose is found in Wily Ley's Exotic Zoology. It also
would be very useful for answering those odd questions a botanist always
receives when friends and acquaintances find out that you are a botanist,
questions about an odd plant remembered from a television show or a book read
The illustrations used are drawn from various works from the fifteenth
century through the very early twentieth century. A few works from outside
Europe and the United States are included, such as a copy of a Mayan
illustration of a waterlily and an Indian image including the Sacred Lotus, but
most pictures are drawn from Western books. In this they provide a reasonable
survey of Western botanical art during that period, though the finest botanical
artists such as Ehret and the Bauers, are not included. The reviewer supposes
that this is at least in part due to the effort to control production costs.
Nevertheless, this book could be used with introductory level students to
introduce an area in which science and the humanities interface.
For whom would this book be useful? Certainly it could be used in
introductory botany and horticulture, either to be read by the students or
simply as a source of interesting information for the instructor. Libraries
would do well to have a copy, and many interested amateur botanists and
gardeners would find it informative and enjoyable.Douglas Darnowski, , Indiana
Univeristy Southeast, New Albany, IN 47159.
Q. Why did the baseball fan study vegetative
A. Because he wanted to see some stolon bases!
Q. Why do grasses smell worse than sedges?
A. Because their leaves are
The Interactive Manual and Photo-Library of Woody
Landscape Plants. Dirr, Michael A. 2004. ISBN 0-942375-03-3 (DVD) US$99.95)
7600 color photos, 1100 line drawings. Timber Press, Inc., 133 S.W. Second
Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204-3527. This resource arrives as another
volume by this well-known author in the area of the horticulture of woody
plants. The reviewer examined a DVD copy useable with Windows 98 or later. While
the hard copy versions of Dirr's books, including the Manual of Woody Landscape
Plants, come from either Stipes Press or Timber Press, this digital version has
been issued by Varsity Press.Michael Dirr's name stirs thoughts of gorgeous
leaves and flowers hanging from stately limbs in the minds of those who have
read his various books. In particular, his works are known for encyclopedic
coverage of woody plants for horticulture and for very high quality photography.
While this reviewer has previously criticised in these pages at least one of
those books for the quality of the photographs as they were reproduced by the
publisher, the images in The Interactive Manual and Photo-Library of Woody
Landscape Plants are outstanding, very well illustrating the plants
included—over 1500 species and nearly 8000 cultivars. Most of the images are
color photographs (>7500) while some are line drawings (>1000). As usual,
Dirr has indeed produced an encyclopedic work.
This DVD actually includes two different programs—one an interactive manual
and another a photo atlas. Together they illustrate a very wide range of useful
species for the landscape. Many species and cultivars have large habit
photographs as well as detail images to enhance identification and selection.
Many different parameters can be used for searching the species listed, for
example hardiness or water requirements, so that optimal plants can be used in
the landscape in a given place.
Other useful features include a quiz mode and random automated viewing of
samples from the photo library in the Photo Atlas program which could be used by
students learning to identify plants on sight. Dirr also has sections to explain
nomenclature and a map of hardiness zones. All of the images can be directly
printed, with or without textual information.
Dirr's style is clear and informative, and there are fewer of the annoying
and subjective comments found in some of his other works. Many users, especially
those at shared facilities like libraries, might find a CD version easier to use
than the DVD version reviewed here simply due to CD drives being more commonly
available than DVD drives, especially in shared facilities. As long as a user's
computer had an appropriate drive enabling the disc to be read, the digital
version of this work will be preferable for many over the hardcopy version.
Who would benefit from a copy of The Interactive Manual and Photo-Library of
Woody Landscape Plants? It would be of great value or introductory and advanced
horticulture, and possibly also botany, courses, especially those requiring
students to learn to identify landscape plants by sight. Also, anyone seeking to
print labels for plants, such as nursery owners, would find this work very
helpful, and all college and university libraries should have a copy in their
references sections. Many amateur botanists and gardeners would gain greatly
with a copy in their personal libraries, and anyone seeking to design a
landscape might find this work useful.
-Douglas Darnowski, , Indiana Univeristy Southeast, New Albany, IN 47159.
Q. Why did the botanist cut down stands of wild rice
(Zizania), reed (Phragmites), and reed canary grass
A. He was a `cereal' killer!
Transposable Elements: A Guide to the Perplexed
and the Novice . Galun, Esra. 2003. ISBN 1-4020-1458-9 (Coth
US$132.00) 335 pp. Kluwer Academic Publishers B.V. P.O. Box 989, 3300, ZA
Dordrecht, The Netherlands. It was the subtitle that caught my attention: A
Guide to the Perplexed and the Novice (though "for" might be a more
appropriate preposition). While transposable elements are probably not
perplexed, they are certainly perplexing, and have been from the beginning.
After all, most of Barbara McClintock's colleague's neither understood nor
believed her revolutionary discoveries and her resulting conclusions. Once I
began turning pages, the discovery of a shared experience between the author and
myself drew me in: "one tends to become enchanted by the intricate systems of
nature" (p. 26).
But beyond the enchantment of intricate systems of nature, why should we
(botanists) care about transposable elements (T.E.), especially those of us who
neither are molecular biologists nor suffer from Eppendorf envy? First, because
plants and plant biologists have been major players in the transposable elements
story, from the beginning to the present. The one person most associated with
transposable elements research is the late plant biologist Barbara McClintock,
maize geneticisand eventual Nobel laureate. And long before McClintock began
"looking around" inside maize cells (Keller, 1983), Charles Darwin was aware of
the effects of transposable elements in snapdragon. Furthermore, both
retrotransposons and Class II T.E. are abundant in plant genomes, some
ubiquitously so. In fact, Galun claims, "It is a fair guess that either or both
Ty1/copia- and Ty3/gypsy-type elements exist in every angiosperm species. They
probably also exist in many or even all lower plant species" (p. 113). There is
evidence that some of the T.E. found in plants have contributed to genome
rearrangements and reproductive isolation over evolutionary time.
Is there a need for a book like this? There have been several other reviews
of transposable elements, and these are drawn upon and cited in the present
volume. Yet because our understanding of these particular bits of DNA continues
to change, this updated review is both timely and useful, not only to help those
of us outside the field to catch up on knowledge to date, but also to serve as
the basis for future reviews certain to come. One of the concluding statements
of the book (p. 260), "...we still surely do not possess a full understanding of
T.E.," is surely an understatement.
The bulk of the information in this book is contained in the three lengthiest
chapters, each of which deals with one of the three major types of transposable
elements: bacterial insertion sequences (technically Class II transposable
elements, but considered separately from eukaryotic Class II elements), Class I
transposable elements (also known as "retrotransposons" because of their
requirement of an RNA intermediate for transposition), and Class II transposable
elements (sometimes termed simply "transposons"). Within these three chapters
are found details of the discovery, categories, sub-categories, families,
structure, transposition mechanisms, effects of transposition, and distribution
among organisms of each category of T.E. Examples of unusual or particularly
interesting cases, as well as evolutionary significance (regarding both past and
future evolution) of different types of T.E., are also explored in these three
main chapters. There is much, much information here. Anyone trying to read
through the book with little prior knowledge of T.E. is likely to get bogged
down. Still, even the general reader will find much that is interesting and
useful, as the following examples are intended to illustrate: Of the two
categories of bacterial insertion sequences, the simpler ones were discovered in
the gal and lac operons of E. coli, and many of the more
complex ones (Tn transposons) encode antibiotic-degrading enzymes. Retroviruses
may be derived from retrotransposons. Although the term "transposable element"
might encourage an assumption of the contrary, transposition is actually a
relatively rare phenomenon. Some transposable elements do not actually transpose
at all, though they may have done so at some point in their evolutionary history
(Galun terms these "fossils").
These three chapters, filling all but 50 of the 282 pages of text, are
supplemented by a very brief chapter on telomeres and appendices on the more
peripheral topics of RNA silencing, chromatin remodeling, and gene tagging. The
book opens with a concise but surprisingly encompassing historical background
chapter, which begins with very early (pre-Mendelian) knowledge of inheritance
This is a thorough review, impressively so, considering fewer than 300 pages
of text, with extensive coverage of the three main types of T.E. and their
distribution among living organisms, as well as the (much briefer) treatments of
peripheral topics and the setting of historical context. The text is generously
supplemented with figures, all but one drawn from cited references. Regarding
thoroughness, perhaps most impressive to this perplexed and novice reader are
the seemingly exhaustive references: nearly 800, from both historical/classical
and current literature, from Emerson's early 20th century work on
maize to publications from 2002. More than 25% of the references are from 2000
or later, which will be particularly valuable for readers new to the field.
My criticisms of Transposable Elements are mostly minor, and are not
for the most part regarding matters of substance but rather on distracting
features of the book. The tone of the book is overly didactic. The author
clearly has interest in and extensive knowledge of history, geography,
philosophy, classical mythology, the Torah, and the Talmud, giving him ample
material from which to draw the many quips, anecdotal asides, and historical
interest points sprinkled throughout the text. Perhaps some readers will
consider asides on Attila, Nietzsche, Coleridge, Plato, Sherlock Holmes,
Zarathustra, and Gordian knots to be bonuses. Likewise the instructive remarks
on collaborations between researchers, and on pairing observation of natural
phenomena with analysis of the mind.
The excessive use of quotation marks for words used figuratively (even when
such usage is very common) rather than literally is distracting. There are
surprising numbers of typographical, spelling, grammatical, syntactical, and
technical errors for a book of this price by a reputable academic publisher.
More serious are the few inconsistencies in content,such as whether or not
HeT-A and TART are retrotransposons (pgs. 161-162) and the occurrence of Class
II T.E. in vertebrates (pgs. 163, 240-246, 280). Finally, there is
disappointingly little critique of the literature; for the most part, relevant
references are summarized with little or no critical analysis.
Galun's Transposable Elements is sure to take a prominent place in the
T.E. literature, and I would recommend it to anyone with even a remote interest
or curiosity in this subject. I think it would be an excellent textbook for a
graduate seminar on T.E. It could even serve as a useful reference book for
those with no particular interest in T.E. but who teach undergraduate general
biology or genetics courses. - Robynn K. Shannon, Department of Ecology &
Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, July 2004
Keller, E. F. 1983. A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and
Work of Barbara McClintock. W. H. Freeman and Company, New York.
Ferns for American Gardens, John T. Mickel. 2003.
ISBN 0-88192-598-5. (paper, $24.95). Timber Press, Portland and Cambridge. 370
pp. As an avid viewer of Saturday and Sunday gardening shows on PBS, I never
cease to be amazed at how seldom pteridophytes are recommended as additions to
home gardens. And, a walk through a local garden or home center leaves one with
the impression that the only hardy ferns available are Boston fern
(Nephrolepis sp.) and Dryopteris erythrosora. Indeed, this is
hardly the case as John Mickel's book is a welcome remedy and reminds the
gardener that there are plants other than angiosperms that make wonderful
additions to the landscape. Ferns for American Gardens is a complete
reference regarding all things pteridological, including tracing the history of
fern gardening to the mid 1800s, a section on nomenclature including a brief
section on hybrid names, and a brief history of pteridology in North America
outlining how the American Fern Society came into being.
The first three chapters cover topics such as fern structure with color
photographs to complement black and white illustrations, directions on soil
preparation, light and moisture requirements, and provide a table with
information on what flowering plants complement different species of fern in the
garden (if you must!). Chapter three covers the propagation ferns both
vegetatively and from spores. The real meat of this book, however, is Chapter 4:
diversity. Familiar genera such as Asplenium, Dryopteris, and
Polystichum are covered on a species-by-species basis with information on
the various cultivated varieties of each species, rhizome habit, availability in
the marketplace, USDA hardiness zones, and relative ease of cultivation. Color
plates make identification easier for the novice. Also included are smaller,
more unfamiliar genera, or genera that one would not normally think of
cultivating, such as Azolla and Bommeria.
Fern allies (Equisetum sp., the lycopodiums, and Selaginella
sp.) are also included. However, I have to disagree that quillworts (
Isoetes sp.) should be omitted because of their inconspicuousness. If the
author includes pillwort (Pilularia americana and P. globulifera
), then quillworts have to be included too. Certain species of quillworts make
wonderful additions to water gardens as they require little work (they can be
submerged in pots) and grow like gang-busters! I once transplanted Isoetes
engelmannii from a cold impoundment in southeastern Tennessee to an
artificial pond in Oxford, Ohio. The cluster of microphylls more than doubled in
diameter after only a year and provided green quills that perfectly complemented
flat floating aquatics like Nymphea and Pistia . Other species
well-suited for water gardens are I. echinospora, I. lacustris,
and I. valida.
If the information is available, a broadening of the sections on
Botrychium and Ophioglossum by providing more specific information
on the mycorrhizal fungi these genera require would make them more amenable as
choices for the garden. Otherwise, I agree with the author that they may prove
too tedious for the garden, especially for amateurs. The taxonomy of this work
is accurate, so amateurs as well as professional pteridologists get correct
Latin names. Although, other works may likely include Camptosorus (and
possibly Phyllitis) under Asplenium. Some color photographs of
gametophytes with different morphologies would be useful in helping amateurs
learn to recognize prothalli in nature and in realizing that not all of them
look like "little green hearts" as many general botany texts would have us
In general, there seems to be little difference between this work and another
of the same title and author published by MacMillan Publishing Company. Either
volume is a welcome addition to a paucity of information on the horticultural
aspects of ferns. Kerry D. Heafner, Botany Division, Museum of Natural History,
The University of Louisiana, Monroe.
Paraquilegia, and Semiaquilegia . Nold, Robert. 2003. ISBN
0-88192-588-8 (Hardcover $24.95) 158 pages. Timber Press, 133 S.W. Second
Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, Oregon 97204. Columbines : Aquilegia,
Paraquilegia, and Semiaquilegia follows up Robert Nold's
award-winning book Penstemons. Readers who enjoyed his first book (and sense of
humor!) will surly find this new one entertaining and useful. Packed with useful
information, it is the only current reference of its type for the genus. While
presenting keys to species and discussion of the tangled taxonomy of the genus,
Columbines focus remains horticultural.
The first three chapters (Cultivation, Pests and Diseases, and Propagation)
will be of most interest to gardeners and horticulturalists. Nold's revelation
that many columbine species are easy to grow will thrill gardeners. He shares
what he has learned about cultivating and propagating columbines and points out
some of the more challenging species for ambitions gardeners.
Botanists will most appreciate chapters 4, 5, and 6 describing the
morphology, distribution, and taxonomy of the genus. Chapter 5 is an interesting
discussion of the etymology of the generic name Aquilegia. The similarity
of old German and English names and the Latin aquila (eagle) have led
many to believe that this is the meaning of the generic name. Nold presents a
strong case for the name instead being derived from the Latin word for
water-finder, referring to the copious nectar in the spurs.
The chapter Some Columbine Cousins introduces the allied genera
Semiaquilegia , Paraquilegia and Isopyrum. The taxonomy of
these segregate genera is obviously confusing, and Nold does an admirable job of
paring it down and presenting it in a concise manner. However, by the end of the
chapter I was still uncertain about the status of these genera (are they best
treated as synonyms of Aquilegia?) and left wondering why they are not
treated in the following chapter's species descriptions.
The bulk of the book comprises descriptions of sixty-five species of
Aquilegia. Nold provides three keys to Aquilegia of the world
based on the geographic distribution of the genus: Asia, Europe, and North
America. He points out some shortcomings with the keys, namely that not all
species are included owing to a lack of complete descriptions. These species
accounts present varying amounts of information on the taxonomy, history,
distribution, and cultivation status of each species. Many species have quite
detailed entries, while some have only a few sentences, reflecting our knowledge
or lack thereof. Also in this chapter, Nold voices his displeasure at U.S.
plant importation policies that restrict the importing of columbine seeds from
Europe and Asia. This is a seemingly naïve stance that many botanists will (and
should) take offense at. Invasive exotic species are one of the most serious
threats to native species and ecosystems; importation laws are designed to
prevent further invasions. The desires of a few horticultural collectors should
not outweigh attempts to protect native species from the potential negative
impacts of unforeseen invasive species.
The final chapter discusses hybridization in Aquilegia, a common
occurrence in nature and an important source of variation for the commercial
columbine trade. Many, if not most, of our favorite cultivated columbines are of
Several useful sections round out this book. There is a short list of sources
for columbine seeds, a glossary of technical terms used in the text, a
bibliography (especially welcome for those seeking more technical information),
and an index. Columbines is well illustrated with numerous photographic
plates of many of the species and cultivars. Eight superb watercolor plates by
the author's wife, Cindy Nelson-Nold, and several fine black and white line
drawings by Carolyn Crawford are also included.
Overall, Columbines is an engaging book treating a popular genus of
plants, accessible to laypeople as well as being informative to botanists.
Columbines are showy, appealing flowers that many people are familiar with and
Nold's latest book provides an easy-to-read and entertaining entrance to the
cultivation and botany of the genus. - James P. Riser II, USDA Forest Service,
RMRS Fire Sciences Laboratory, Missoula, MT.
Identification of Tropical Woody Plants in the
Absence of Flowers: A Field Guide (2nd ed). Keller, Roland. 2003.
ISBN 3-7643-6453-X (Paper EUR58.00, $79.95) 340 pp (including 30 color plates).
Birkhauser Verlag, Viaduktstrasse 42, CH-4051, Basel, Switzerland. I know I am
not alone with a feeling of hopelessness when at the foot of a 100 foot tall
tree in a tropical forest all I have to identify it is a sad looking sterile
branch in my hand. So, when I saw Keller's book "Identification of tropical
woody plants in the absence of flowers," I quickly decide to see if the book
was the answer to my problems.
This second edition is very similar to the first one in that a series of keys
employing only vegetative characters are used to identify families of tropical
woody plants. There are in addition four new sub-keys that can be used to
identify groups within Malvaceae sensu lato, groups of genera within the
complicated Euphorbiaceae, families of Sapindales, and tribes within the
Fabaceae. The keys are followed with an illustrated glossary of the characters
employed in the key, and descriptions of families (or groups of families) based
on the same characters used in the key. Lastly, this new edition has 30 color
plates at the end of the book depicting several tropical plant families.
As stated by the author, the keys in this book rely heavily on characters
rarely used in traditional keys (although vegetative characters seem to be more
and more common in field guides), or more importantly, in formal descriptions of
the families. As can be expected, several families key out in multiple parts of
the key. The keys rely heavily on architectural models, which can be very
difficult to visualize, even for trained botanists. However, these architectural
models are always used in conjunction with other characters, and once mastered
they are highly useful in identifying tropical trees. The added keys for
Malvales, Sapindales, Euphorbiaceae and Fabaceae are very valuable given the
size of these groups in the tropics, and extremely easy to use. It would be
great if keys for other large groups such as Rubiaceae or the former
"Flacourtiaceae" could be added in future editions.
The book is intended to be used worldwide, which can be both a course and a
blessing: only one book is needed regardless of where we are, but this also
makes some keys inefficient in the sense that taxa that will hardly ever be
found in the same geographical area key out very closely in the book. That said,
this very feature allowed me to key out an introduced Moringaceae (endemic to
the old world) during a recent trip to Costa Rica!
Purists might not like the fact that in the key couplets are often not
entirely parallel, and that in several sections the key is not strictly
dichotomous but it includes triplets. However, this does save time, space, and
effort specially when trying to key out such a large number of families, many of
them highly variable. Using the keys in the field I did find some problems, not
in content but in organization, which made using the key cumbersome and
inefficient. For example, for a given couplet the section of the key that
contains the largest amount of taxa precedes that one with the fewer entries,
often making it difficult to find the complementary entry for that couplet. It
would also be very useful if the different keys had a running header that would
identify the main characters off the subset of taxa being treated (i.e.
trees with opposite simple leaves…trees with alternate leaves and
exudates…Sapindales and so on), and if there where clear references in the key
as to where in the glossary are the different characters explained or depicted.
It was very interesting to see that family groupings in the third section of
the book have been considerable reorganized from the first edition, this time
taking into account the most up to date phylogenetic information. However, this
is not necessarily the more practical approach when trying to find the page of
family descriptions while constantly referring to the index, where a simple
alphabetical order would be much better for a field guide (this is not a book
about systematics!). The line drawings that accompany the family descriptions
are of high quality and for the most part represent diagnostic characters used
in the key or family descriptions. However, they are difficult to use because
they are only labeled with a plate number and the reader has to continually flip
pages to find the appropriate legends.
I was truly disappointed by the color plates added at the end of the book.
Most of the pictures show reproductive structures and not the vegetative
characters employed in the key, and in most cases do not show characteristic
features of the families that would help to identify them in the field. There
are as well several minor problems of misspellings of generic names, and some
rather unfortunate misidentifications (e.g. the plant labeled Maieta
guianensis is actually Tococa guianensis, and one labeled as
Miconia sp. is the common Clidemia hirta, a species well known as
a weed from the Pacific islands). Additionally, the printing of the color
photographs is not of the highest quality. All of this is more aggravating
giving the high price of the book, which also makes it out of reach for most of
the biologist living in the tropics, which could potentially be the primary
users of this key.
In spite of it shortcomings, I will continue to carry the book into field,
and will add it to my already heavy travel bag in hopes of identifying the
majority of trees that I encounter. I sincerely hope to see a third edition of
the book in which most of the editorial problems outlined here are corrected.
The keys themselves and the family descriptions can indeed very useful and the
intellectual effort invested in them is considerable, and it would be a pity to
see them remain in this format which is not conducive for the efficient use of
the book as a field guide. - Fabian A. Michelangeli. Institute of Systematic
Botany. The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx NY 10458.
Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and
Adjacent Canada. Gleason, Henry A. and Arthur Cronquist.1991 (Seventh
corrected printing 2004). New York Botanical Garden Press, Bronx, NY. 993 p.
Price: US$69.00 As an undergraduate student I enrolled in plant taxonomy as an
elective 13 years ago. Little did I know how lucky I was to have begun my career
as a botanist just as the second edition of "Gleason and Cronquist", our
assigned textbook, was rolling off the presses. In the years that followed this
book has been my constant companion, my guide to the botanical world, and also
my introduction to two of its greatest students. With the arrival of the
seventh, corrected printing in 2004 I find myself in the challenging position of
reviewing this great work.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this book, it is a comprehensive
treatment of the vascular flora of the northeastern states and the southern
portion of eastern Canada _ covering Minnesota to Nova Scotia, south to Virginia
and Kentucky. Artificial keys are provided to allow the user to identify any
unknown plant first to family, then genus, and finally species and any
subspecies or varieties. A concise description of each species follows the keys,
allowing the user to readily verify their determination. The book is arranged
phylogenetically, following Cronquist's system. There are no illustrations, but
these are available in the excellent "Illustrated companion to Gleason and
Cronquist's manual" (Holmgren et al., 1998).
Overall the keys are excellent. For the most part they can be applied in the
field with the aid of a hand-lens, although when using the sectional keys I
often have to guess as to placentation type when away from a microscope. While I
often refer to more specialized volumes for grasses, asters, and other tricky
groups, if I take a single book with me into the field this is it. Combined with
the "Illustrated Companion" (which is definitely not intended for field use!)
there is simply no better tool for learning our flora.
Very little has been changed in this latest printing. Brief biographical
sketches of the authors now appear before the text proper. It is interesting to
note that the neutral theory of ecology that is now gathering so much attention
is really just a mathematical extension of Gleason's own individualistic concept
of plant association, which he published in 1919. Also noteworthy is the fact
that Gleason completed his doctorate in a single year, and without the help of
molecular markers! Other changes include an expanded index, which treats common
and scientific names separately. This format always leads to my looking up the
scientific name first in the common name list, then in the correct location, but
editors seem to like it. The glossary has been moved from the front to the
Other changes are limited to correcting errors from previous printings,
adding some synonyms, and changing a few names to comply with recent treatments
in the Flora of North America series. All such alterations are kept to an
absolute minimum, as the editors refused to change the pagination from previous
editions. This is important, as the "Illustrated Companion" is cross-referenced
to the page numbers in the "Manual". To accommodate this requirement the size of
the book is slightly larger. This makes it more unwieldy for fieldwork, but the
value of maintaining the cross-referencing between the two volumes makes this a
A lovely engraving of Liriodendron tulipifera has been added to the
front cover. The cover itself is heavy cloth. My 1991 edition is bound in
leather, and has withstood the indignities of fieldwork admirably. I hope this
new edition will prove as robust!
It may be worth making a few comments on the phylogenetic arrangement of the
text, in light of recent discussions on this topic in this bulletin. Having
invested many years studying this book, I am most familiar working in herbaria,
and with other manuals, that follow this arrangement. That said, most herbaria
don't follow this system, nor do most other manuals. I have had opportunity to
use the "Guide to the vascular plants of the Blue Ridge" (Wofford, 1989) in the
field the past two seasons, and after getting over my initial shock ("that's not
how Gleason and Cronquist did things!") I found the alphabetical arrangement of
families to be a pleasure to work with. My conclusion is that the best system is
the one you learned first. Since we come from such varied backgrounds the
alphabetical system seems a reasonable compromise. At least until the
phylogeneticists can provide us with an undisputed arrangement to follow, a
development that is no doubt imminent.
My congratulations to the publishers for continuing to make this excellent
reference available to botanists, and at a reasonable price considering its
immense value. It will have a place within arm's reach of my desk _ I'm afraid I
couldn't think of replacing my uncorrected edition when it's time to hit the
field! - Tyler Smith, PhD Candidate, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Plant
Science, McGill University, Raymond Building, 21,111, Lakeshore Road, Ste. Anne
de Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9, email@example.com
Holmgren, N. H., P. K. Holmgren, H. A. Gleason, and A.
Cronquist. 1998. Illustrated companion to Gleason and
Cronquist's manual : illustrations of the vascular plants of northeastern United
States and adjacent Canada. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, N.Y.
Wofford, B. E. 1989. Guide to the vascular plants of the Blue
Ridge. University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia.
Shrubs and Vines of New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic
States. Martine, C. T., and R. A. Figley. 2002. (Paper with spiral binding
and laminated cover, $10, 114 pp.) New Jersey Forest Service Forest Education
Center, 370 East Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527
(firstname.lastname@example.org). — Creating a field guide that satisfies students
and both amateur and professional botanists is a challenging endeavor. A
successful guide should reach a balance between simplifying concepts that are
unfamiliar to nonprofessionals, remaining technically accurate, and (arguably)
entertainment. Altogether, Shrubs and Vines of New Jersey is successful in each
of these ideals, and is well worth its modest price. The format of this
field guide generally follows the previously published companion guide Trees of
New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic States (authored by C. T. Martine, R. A. Figley
and A. Hansens). The book is a convenient size (25.5 cm x 11.5 cm) for
fieldwork, permitting one to easily carry it along in a back pants pocket or
collecting bag. Of approximately 200 species discussed in the book, 85 of the
relatively common species are featured and illustrated by black-and-white line
drawings. The species descriptions include nomenclature, habitat and range,
morphological features, and as needed an explanation of the differences from
similar species. The featured species are accompanied by a narrative including
details such as their about their utility, origin or identification. Several
keys are in the book, though there is no comprehensive key. A "Locator
Key" guides the reader to a set of pages in which a species might appear, and
supplementary keys are provided for groups containing multiple species. The
species descriptions are supported by a glossary and illustrations of selected
morphological features. Lists of shrubs and vines typically found in each of 17
different communities in northern and southern New Jersey are provided, as well
as lists of invasive and rare species.
The principal strengths of Shrubs and Vines of New Jersey include the
technical accuracy of the descriptions and illustrations, the informative
narratives that accompany many of the species, and the cost. Given these, the
authors are also successful in their purpose "to familiarize the reader with the
most common shrubs and vines" of the region. The scope and content of the book
are versatile enough to appeal to both professional and nonprofessional
botanists, and it is clear to me that its purchase should be a priority for any
student of the flora of the Mid-Atlantic Region.
This book could be improved, despite its merits. The target audience is not
directly stated in the introduction, though the nature of the publisher suggests
that it is meant for a general audience as well as professionals with a local
interest in these plants. I found only one reference to the target audience in
the book, in the order form for the book included in the last few pages.
Assuming that the target audience includes beginners, the glossary could be
improved. I found it puzzling that some terms are not in the glossary despite
being used in the text or keys, such as pollen, prostrate, ovule and ovary.
Definitions for some terms could be improved, such as drupe, defined as "a
fleshy indehiscent fruit usually with one stony-coated seed". Why not include
mention of a pit, a widely understood concept, in the definition? I also wonder
what criteria were used to determine whether a plant is a shrub as opposed to a
large herbaceous plant. The author includes plants that are considered subshrubs
by some botanists (for example, Chimaphila maculata Epigaea repens and
Gaultheria procumbens). A reader might suppose that a woody, perennial
stem in part defines a shrub, however the fuzzy boundary between shrubs and
large herbaceous plants is not addressed in the introduction, nor does the term
shrub (or vine) appear in the glossary. Finally, the smallest quibble I have is
that several pages in my copy bear toner streaks, although they amount nothing
more than aesthetic imperfections. - Terry O'Brien, Department of Biological
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Alien Species and Evolution: The Evolutionary Ecology of Exotic Plants,
Animals, Microbes, and Interacting Native Species. Cox, George W. 2004. ISBN
1-55963-009-4. (Paper, US$40.00) 379 pp. Island Press, 1718 Connecticut Ave.,
NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009.
American Azaleas. Towe, L Clarence. 2004. ISBN 0-88192-645-0. (Cloth,
US$ 29.95) 146 pp. Timber Press, 133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR
Annual Review of Plant Biology, Volume 55. Delmer, Deborah P. and
Sabeeha Merchant (eds). 2004. ISBN 0-8243-0655-4 (Cloth ) 681pp. Annual Reviews,
4139 El Camino Way, P.O. Box 10139, Palo Alto, CA 94303-0139.
California De4sert Flowers: An Introduction to Families, Genera, and
Species. Morhardt, Sia and Emil Morhardt. 2004. ISBN 0-520-24003-0 (paper
US$29.95) 284 pp. The University of California Press, 2120 Berkeley Way,
Berkeley, CA 94704.
The Cattleyas and Their Relatives: The Debatable Epidendrums. Withner,
Carl L. and Patricia A. Harding. 2004. ISBN 0-88192-621-3 (Cloth US$44.95) 300
pp. Timber Press, 133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204-9743.
Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs Redouté, Pierre-Joseph. (originally
published 1827-33) 2004. ISBN 1-59110-053-4 (CD-ROM US$35.00) Octavo, 134 Linden
Street, Oakland, California 94607-2538.
Cycad Classification: Concepts and Recommendations. Walters, T. and R.
Osborne. 2004. ISBN 0-85199-741-4 (Cloth US$100.00) 267 pp. CABI
International/Oxford University Press. 198 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016.
Evolutionary Theory: Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations. Rice,
Sean H. 2004. ISBN 0-87893-702-1 (Paper US$49.95) 354 pp. Sinauer Associates,
Inc. P.O. Box 407, Sunderland, MA 01375-0407.
The Genus Lavendula. Upson, Tim and Susyn Andrews. 2004. ISBN
0-88192-642-6 (Cloth, US$49.95). 442 pp. Timber Press, 133 S.W. Second Avenue,
Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204-9743.
Hollows, Peepers & Highlanders: An Appalachian Mountain Ecology,
2nd ed. Constanz, George. 2004. ISBN 0-937058-86-6 (Paper
US$18.50) 359 pp. West Virginia University Press, 44 Stansbury Hall, P.O. Box
6295, Morgantown, WV, 26506-6295.
Los Géneros de Leguminosas del Norte de México. Estrada, A. Eduardo y
Alfonso Martinez M. 2004. ISBN 1-889878-13-8 (Paper US$25.00) 134 pp. Botanical
Research Institute of Texas, 500 Pecan Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-4060.
Medicinal Plants in Folk Tradition: An Ethnobotany of Britain &
Ireland. Allen, David E. and Gabrielle Hatfield. 2004. ISBN 0-88192-638-8
(Cloth US$29.95) 431 pp.
Timber Press, 133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204-9743.
Multimedia Toolkit for Educators in the Plant Sciences, Volume I. Basic
Biological Principles and Plant Structures. Clayton, Michael. 2003. CD.
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Wisconsin, Madison, WI .
Multimedia Toolkit for Educators in the Plant Sciences, Volume II.
Botanical Diversity. Clayton, Michael. 2003. CD. University of Wisconsin
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Natural Enemies: An Introduction to Biological Control. Hajek, Ann.
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Primer of Ecological Statistics. Gotelli, Nicholas J. and Aaron M.
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Seed Conservation: Turning Science into Practice. Smith, Roger D. John
B. Dickie, Simon H. Linington, Jugh W. Pritchard, and Robin J. Probert.(eds)
2003. ISBN 1-84246-052-8. (Paper £59.95) 1037 pp.Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, United Kingdom.
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Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots
Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob (eds). 2004. ISBN 0-520-23849-4 (Paper US$24.95)
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"The Amateur Botanist's Lament"
Cause Amateur botanists
and Cruciferae's toss,
Went some perfectly accurate
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