News from the Society, the Sections and the Committees, Part II

Reports from the Sections:

Bryological and Lichenological Section

At the Montreal AIBS meeting the section is co-sponsoring a special symposium "Recent Advance in Bryology and Lichenology for Undergraduate Teaching" with the American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS). This symposium, organized by Section Chair Paula DePriest, will highlight recent advances in selected areas of bryology and lichenology to encourage teachers to include and even emphasize these interesting organisms in their undergraduate courses. The six speakers will present research on a diversity of topics: phylogenetics, ecology, development, molecular genetics, morphology, and parasitism. Some are university teachers; all are excellent researchers and speakers. Through the lectures and handouts, we hope that each teacher will find at least two or three new items to include in their undergraduate courses. Two additional symposia, ""Phylogeny Within the Major Bryophyte Clades" and "Bridging the Gap Between Phylogeny and Classification of Lichen-Forming Ascomycetes," have been organized by ABLS President Brent Mischler and François Lutzoni, respectively. The section has a full schedule with 27 symposia presentations, 36 contributed papers, 6 posters, 3 field trips, and a workshop by Joan Crowe, Linda Ley, and Pak Yau Wong "A Hands-on Introduction to Lichen, Liverwort, and Moss Identification." To encourage student participation in the meeting, the section is providing $400 toward travel awards of $150 for each of 11 graduate students, and $100 toward the Sharp Award for outstanding student presentation. The Sharp Award for presentations at the 1996 meeting in Seattle was awarded to Scott LeGreca, Duke University.
- Paula DePriest, Chair

Ecological Section

At the 1997 meetings, the Ecological Section is co-sponsoring a symposium with the Genetics Section entitled, "Genetics of adaptive phenotypic plasticity" organized by Massimo Pigliucci, University of Tennessee. From our section, there are 65 contributed papers in six sessions and 44 posters. The number of papers is about the same as last year, but the number of posters continues to increase, up from 27 in 1996 and 13 in 1995. We are co-sponsoring one special lecture with the Tropical Biology Section; the lecture will be given by Kamal Bawa and is entitled "Tropical biodiversity losses: magnitude and solutions."

We are again sponsoring an award for Best Student Paper; this year the judging is being organized by Kem Badger, Ball State University. Last year's winner was Mary Puterbaugh from University of Missouri at Columbia for her presentation "The role of ants as floral visitors in the alpine," co-authored by Candace Galen.

Seven proposals for the Karling Award for graduate student research were submitted through our section. We reviewed and ranked those proposals for the Executive Committee.

The section is spending $600 in support of the 1997 symposium. We have $1,700 in the Cash Account, $400 in the Section Allotment, and $1,055 in the Student Award Account. The student award is $150.
- Brenda B. Casper, Chair

Economic Botany

This year the Economic Botany Section of the Botanical Society of America sponsored a number of activities at the Montreal A.I.B.S. Meetings. The section sponsored a symposium entitled "Models of Working with Indigenous Communities: New Paradigms for Botany." The symposium was organized by David Lentz and James S. Miller and took place Tuesday morning, August 5. Speakers included Janis B. Alcorn (World Wildlife Fund), Miguel Alexiades (New York Botanical Garden), Hans T. Beck and Alonso Ortiz (New York Botanical Garden), Timothy Johns (McGill University), James S. Mill (Missouri Botanical Garden), and Rowena K. Richter (Shaman Pharmaceuticals). The aim of the symposium was to explore ideas on how botanists, especially ethnobotanists, can work successfully with indigenous people in ways that are scientifically productive and ethically responsible. Issues relating to intellectual property rights, international patent agreements, compensation issues and changes in permit requirements were discussed in the light of the Convention of Biological Diversity and efforts to insure that benefits are shared with indigenous and local communities.

Following the symposium, the Economic Botany Section hosted a luncheon and business meeting. W. Hardy Eshbaugh (Miami University) presented a lecture entitled "A World View of Peppers" as part of the luncheon. Daniel K. Harder (Missouri Botanical Garden) was elected to a three-year term as Secretary/Treasurer of the section replacing James S. Miller, and he will serve as the sectional representative to the council. David Lentz will remain as President for one more year. The section's funds were used to provide partial travel support for participants in the section's symposium and luncheon.
- James S. Miller, Secretary-Treasurer


The Historical Section was relatively inactive this past year. There will be two contributed papers presented at this year's meeting. No papers were presented at last yewar's meeting. Neither Peter Stevens not I will be attending the meeting in Montreal. We hope that the section can be resuscitated next year. The Baltimore site should make it much easier for us to attend the BSA meeting.
- Larry Dorr, Secretary-Treasurer

Mycological Section

Twelve abstracts evenly divided between oral and poster formats were submitted for presention at the Montreal meeting this year. Very few student presentations were made, but section members are reminded that we established the Atkinson award (after mycologist and first BSA president George F. Atkinson) last year for best student paper. It carries an honorarium of $100. Student presentations are strongly encouraged for the Baltimore meeting in 1998.

David Kramer, on behalf of the Education Committee proposed that BSA sponsor members financially to attend meetings for high school science teachers and conduct workshops promoting various aspects of botany. This is part of the Botany for the Next Millenium project. Members of the Mycological Section decided at our business meeting to use funds from our annual section allocation to sponsor BSA members to conduct mycological workshops for high school teachers. This would be done through our section and under the auspices of the Education Committee. Any members of the Mycological Section interested in participating should contact the section chair, Diane Greene (503-737-2468; Along the same lines and as part of Botany for the Next Millenium, we are still looking for mycology laboratory exercises suitable for high school. These would be assembled under the guidance of the Education Committee as part of a package of botanical exercises for distribution to high school teachers. Contact Diane if you have a suitable exercise you wish to contribute.
—Ken Curry, BSA Council Representative

Paleobotanical Section

The Paleobotanical Section currently has 306 members (223 regular members, 20 emeritus regular members, 38 affiliate members, 7 emeritus affiliate members, and 18 honorary members). This represents an increase of 17 members since last year.

During the past year the Section has continued to maintain a Paleobotany News List (PALEOBOT) on the internet and a homepage on the World Wide Web. Charles Daghlian, of Dartmouth College, is managing both the listserve and the home page. To subscribe to the list, interested persons should send an e-mail message to containing the following message: subscribe PALEOBOT your name. The WWW homepage can be visited at or via the BSA homepage. The homepage was substantially expanded this year to include additions such as the sectional program for the 1997 Annual Meeting in Montréal and several back issues of the Bibliography of American Paleobotany.

The Section has a program for the Montreal meeting with 46 contributed papers, 2 student posters, an informal presentation session, and is co-sponsoring the symposium on "Relationships and Fossil History of Ferns." Of the 46 contributed papers, 17 are student papers which will be in competition for the Isabel Cookson Award. In addition, many members of Section will be presenting papers in other sections and participating in several symposia. The Section will hold its annual mixer and banquet on Monday evening, August 4, 1997. A new, fund-raising auction will immediately follow the banquet this year. Items to be auctioned will be those donated by members and friends of the Section and will include materials such as books, reprints, photographs, slides, humorous items, etc. The annual business meeting is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Wednesday, August 6, 1997.

The Bibliography of American Paleobotany for 1996, compiled and edited by Patrick S. Herendeen of the The Field Museum, was mailed to members and to 38 institutional subscribers in early July 1997. Copies will be provided for the BSA Archives and for the editor of the Plant Science Bulletin. Others may purchase copies for $18 each.
- Jeffrey M. Osborn, Secretary-Treasurer

Pteridological Section

This year has been one of considerable activity in the Pteridological Section. On Monday, Aug. 4, we are co-sponsoring with the American Fern Society, a full day of contributed papers. The morning session (Sess. 12) is entitled the "Molecular Systematics and Phylogeny of Ferns." The afternoon session (Sess. 28) is entitled "Fern Reproductive Biology and Controls." Also on Monday, the Pteridological Section is sponsoring a small Poster Session. On Tues. Aug. 5, the section is co-sponsoring with the American Fern Society, a half day symposium on "Changing Perceptions on Quillwort." On Tues. afternoon we are co-sponsoring, in conjunction with the Paleobotanical and Systematics Sections, the American Fern Society, and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, a half day symposium on the "Relationships and Fossil History of Ferns."

This year the Pteridological Section and Fern Society are co-sponsoring with the Canadian Botanical Association, three full day field trips organized by Jacques Brisson. On Saturday, Aug. 2, two trips have been organized : FT13, Fern Excursion at Mont-Saint-Hilaire and St. Armand, and FT14, Fern Excursion at Mont Caribou. On Sunday, Aug. 3, FT 15 , Fern Excursion at Lac Brompton has been scheduled.

The annual business meeting will be held on Aug. 4, at 4:15 pm. Membership stands at 141 as of June 1997 according to Kim Hiser's records. The recipient for the Section's award for best contributed paper, the Wherry Award will be announced at the BSA banquet on Wednesday evening, Aug. 6.

Finally, volume 9 of the Annual Review of Pteridological Research ( for 1995) has just been published under the auspices of the Pteridological Section and the International Association of Pteridologists.
- David S. Conant Secretary-Treasurer

Systematics Section

The Systematics Section of the BSA sponsored 226 contributed papers and 17 posters at the annual AIBS meetings in Montreal, Quebec, in conjunction with the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT).

In addition, the Systematics Section co-sponsored 7 papers in the Symposium "Relationships and Fossil History of Ferns." The half-day symposium was co-sponsored with the Pteridological Section of the BSA and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. The symposium was organized by Kathleen Pryer and included the following seven invited papers:

- Kathleen A. Kron, Chair


1997 Business Meeting. The business meeting was held on Tuesday, 20 May 1997 on the campus of Texas A & M University.

By-laws amendment. At the 1997 business meeting, it was proposed and approved unanimously that the by-laws for the BSA mid-continent section be amended to have the Vice-Chair serve as section program chair for annual meetings beginning in 1998.

Nominations and Elections. There were no elections in 1997, because terms of present officers expire in 1998 and 1999. Nominations for Secretary-Treasurer and Vice Secretary-Treasurer will be held during 1998.

General Meetings.

1997 General Meeting. The BSA Mid-Continent Section met with the Southwestern and Rocky Mountain section (SWARM) of AAAS at their annual meeting at Texas A & M University in College Station TX from 18-22 May, 1997. Twenty papers and posters were presented in addition to a full-day symposium. No student awards were presented at this year's meeting. Two field trips were conducted at this meeting and were attended by 11 individuals.

1998 General Meeting. At the business meeting, it was proposed and accepted that, beginning in 1998, the BSA Mid-Continent Section meet in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN). Our proposal to meet with SWAN in 1998 was received enthusiastically by the SWAN Board of Directors. The Mid-Continent section of BSA will meet with SWAN in 1998 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque NM.

Sponsored Symposium. One full-day symposium was sponsored at the 1997 General Meeting. The symposium was entitled "Biodiversity data and the World Wide Web: Prospects and problems," and was organized by Hugh Wilson of Texas A & M University. Sponsored speakers included: Larry Speers (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Jorge Soberon Mainero (CONABIO, Mexico), John Schnase (Missouri Botanical Garden), J. Scott Peterson (National Plant Data Center, USDA), John Leggett (Texas A & M University), and John Kartesz (Biota of North America Program, University of North Carolina).
- Wayne J. Elisens, Chair

Northeast Section

The Central District of Shenandoah National Park was the focus of the Northeast Section's annual field meeting. Most of the 69 participants were housed in rooms with outstanding views of the Shenandoah Valley at the historic Skyland Lodge at Milepost 41.7 on the Skyline Drive.

Field trips to Hawksbill Mountain (highest peak in the park at 4,049 ft.), Big Meadows, Millers Head and Hoover Camp yielded panoramic vistas, billion year old granite rocks, a hybrid club moss (Huperzia appalachiana x lucidula), nine species of native orchids (including Platanthera orbiculata, P. viridis, and Liparis lilifolia in bloom), and the only known station for Arctostaphylos uva-ursi in Virginia. Dr. Larry Klotz of Shippensburg University (PA), with assistance from other botanists, maintained a plant list for all sites and this was sent to the National Park Service ecologist for the record. Several uncommon plants were found including Aconitum reclinatum, Streptopus amplexifolius, and Botrychium matricariifolium. Botanist members led groups of participants on the trails and provided expertise with identifications. Chris Ludwig of the Virginia Heritage Program led the foray into the 150 acre Big Meadows site at Milepost 51 where grasses, sedges, and ericaceous shrubs dominate the complex, managed, open habitat. Here the group found Botrychium multifidum, including one specimen with a precocious fertile frond.

Each evening the group heard the perspectives of guest speakers:

The chairperson for the field meeting was Joan Gottlieb and the treasurer was Karl Anderson. In June, 1998, the group has tentative plans to go to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Ursula Joachim will have primary responsibility for arrangements.
- Joan Gottlieb, Chairperson

Pacific Section

The Pacific Section has 242 members. The Section met at Oregon State University on June 22-26, 1997. The program included an illustrated lecture on "Rare and Endangered Plants of Oregon" by Dr. Donald C. Eastman, three symposia: 1. "Assessing Patterns of Natural and Human Disturbance on the Landscape Scale organized by Peter Impara, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University, 2. "Climate Change and Douglas-Fir Seedlings and Soils" organized by Paul T. Rygiewicz and David M. Olszyk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 3. "Ethnobotany and Natural Products Chemistry: Ancient Knowledge and New Technology" organized by Nan Vance, USDA Forest Service, Pacific NW Research Station, and a contributed poster and oral presentation session.

Ms. Madoka Gray-Mitsumune, Biotechnology Laboratory, University of British Columbia, received a first place award for the best student botanical paper presented at the meeting. The title of her oral presentation was "Vascular-Specific Expression of the Poplar PAL2-GUS Fusion Gene in Transgenic Aspen." A second place award was presented to Ms. Stephanie McInnis Department of Plant Science, University of British Columbia, for her oral paper entitled "Molecular Characterization of a Conifer 2S Albumin Promoter: Expression Profiles in Embryos of Interior Spruce and Tobacco." The third place award went to Ms. Marion L. Brodhagen, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, for her poster entitled "Effects of Light or Water with Nitrogen on Cnicin Concentrations and Growth in Spotted Knapweed."

In 1998, the Pacific Section will meet with the Pacific Division of the AAAS at Utah State University on June28- July 2.
- David E. Bilderback, Secretary-Treasurer

Southeast Section

The section conducted its 30th annual business meeting during the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southern Biologists 16-19 April, 1997 in Greenville, South Carolina. The official business meeting continued a long tradition by co-hosting a combined breakfast gathering with the membership of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. As one of eight professional biological organizations meeting with ASB, the members of the section were able to select from 270 papers and posters presented in the official program, of which over 129 were related to botanical topics. The section again was the principal sponsor of a Teaching Update Workshop which featured laboratory techniques in the utilization of pollen in "Application of Recent Technological Advances to Plant Mating Systems" that was conducted by Mitchell B. Cruzan from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In the section's annual March newsletter and during the business meeting the members were urged to check the new BSA website and were again encouraged to utilize the BSA report "Botany for the Next Millennium" to develop lectures pertaining to features of botany and plant science research. Dr. Kathleen L. Hornberger of Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania was elected to the 1997-2000 term as Sectional Chair.
- Joe E. Winstead, Chair

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