The Biology of Dipterocarps

The Sixth Round Table Conference on Dipterocarps was held this past February 8th-12th in Bangalore, India. This is the principal venue for reporting research on this important family of tropical Asian forest trees. It was held five years after the previous round table conference in Thailand; this one was organized by the International Working Group on Dipterocarps (IUFRO), The French Institute of Pondicherry and the Karnataka Forest Department. It included four days of presentations and discussions. Participants came from some 15 countries, and many speakers worked at institutions in the countries where the trees occur naturally. The conference ended with a field trip to deciduous and evergreen dipterocarp forests near Mysore. Topics included basic biology and ecology, with a strong emphasis on sylviculture and management. Particular concern was expressed about the status of those forests damaged or destroyed by fire in Sumatra and Kalimantan. The Proceedings of this conference will soon be published by the French Institute in Pondicherry; those of the fifth round table were published by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia in 1996. One recommendation of the previous round table was that a review of the biology and management of dipterocarps be published: S. Appanah and J. M. Turnbull, eds. 1998. A review of dipterocarps, Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia, ISBN 979-8764-20-X, Website: The organizing group is planning a session on dipterocarps in the IUFRO World Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2000, and another round table conference (possibly in Sri Lanka) in three years. The working group is updating its mailing list of those working on dipterocarps, as well as adding all recently published research to its database. Please send names, addresses, and citations (or reprints) of recently published research on dipterocarps to David Lee, Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, USA, tel. 305 348-311, fax 305 348-1986, Email

- David Lee


A review published in PSB 45(2), p. 47, listed the incorrect title for the volume reviewed. The correct title is "Dictionary of Natural Products" by George MacDonald Hocking (ISBN 0-937548-31-6). The publisher is Plexus Publishing, 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055.

Due to an editorial error, the Commentary from A. W. Galston published in PSB 45(2), p. 37, contained an incorrect spelling for the name of the publisher of Prof. Galston's "Daily Life in People's China." It was published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company in 1973.


Dr. Thomas G. Lammers has accepted the position of Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium in the Department of Biology and Microbiology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (OSH), Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640, effective 1 September 1999. He replaces Dr. Neil A. Harriman, who founded OSH in 1964 and who will continue as Curator Emeritus. Prior to this position, Lammers spent nine years as an Assistant Curator in the phanerogamic herbarium of the Field Museum of Natural History (F) in Chicago, Illinois. Lammers intends to continue his research program on world Campanulaceae, especially Neotropical and Hawaiian Lobelioideae, and will be pleased to receive specimens of that family in exchange or as gifts for determination. The herbarium telephone number continues to be 920. 424. 1002, and Professor Lammers may also be reached at

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