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No. 101 May 5, 1995
aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
NEW ASPECTS OF THE SYSTEMATICS OF BRYOPHYTES
From: Jan-Peter Frahm <unb11d at ibm.rhrz.uni-bonn.DE>
originally posted on bryonet at dbnlist.bitnet
Under the title "New Aspects of the Systematics of Bryophytes",
M. Bopp and I. Capesius from the university of Heidelberg pub-
lished a new cladogram based on 18S rDNA sequences of Junger-
maniidae, Musci and Marchantiidae. Their cladogram shows that
Marchantiidae (used were Riccia, Reboulia, Marchantia, Cono-
cephalum, Preissia) have nothing in common with Jungermanniidae
(Scapania, Calypogeia, Fossombronia). This may suggest that
Marchantiidae have developed independently from the remaining
liverworts, which makes sense, if one considers that else thalli
should have evolved twice within the hepatics and if the ad-
vanced structure of the thalli of Marchantiidae are considered.
I think this is a remarkable result, from which systematic
conclusions should be drawn.
Ref.: Naturwissenschaften 82: 193-194 (1995)
MORE ON TRUFFLES [BEN # 98]
From: The European MagAZine, 21-27 April 1995, p. 10.
The southern tip of Australia is an excellent place to grow the
highly prized French black truffle (Tuber melanosporum). There
have been several attempt to grow black truffle outside France
using a tree inoculation technology developed in France. In 1991
a team based in Oregon produced the first French black truffle
outside France. New Zealand and Israel has also experimented,
but so far only the Australians plan a strategy of mass produc-
tion to penetrate the French market.
The Perigord Truffles of Tasmania (PTT) are expected to produce
their first batch of truffles in winter of 1997. Although the
first harvest will be small, the company plans to have a massive
200 hectares under cultivation by the end of the decade. Full
production is forecast for 2010, when the expected yield will be
around 12 tonnes a year.
In the northern hemisphere this expensive fungus is normally a
winter delicacy. The Australian imports may cost even more than
the local French truffles, but PTT hopes that truffle devotees
will pay the price of having their fix through the summer
PTT's timing could not be better. Since the beginning of the
year the french black truffle has been under attack from the
Chinese 'counterfeit' operation [see BEN 98]. Around 20 tonnes
of this hoax delicacy has already shown up in France this year.
French legislators are now looking at ways to curb this massive
influx, and a new law is expected to prevent Chinese truffles
being sold on the open market. However, they will still be
available in France by mail order, so the problem is not likely
to disappear by next season.
MOUNTAIN GOATS IN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON STATE
Houston, D.B., E.G. Schreiner & B.B. Moorhead. 1994. Mountain
goats in Olympic National Park: Biology and management of an
introduced species. Scientific Monograph NPS/NROLYM/NRSM-94/25,
US Department of Interior, National Park Service, Denver, CO.
293 p. ISSN 0363-0722 [softcover]
Available from the Publications Coordinator, National Park
Service, Natural Resources Publication Office, P.O.Box 25287,
Denver, CO 80225-0287.
PLANTED FORESTS SYMPOSIUM, JUNE 28 - JULY 1, 1995 - CORVALLIS
From: "James R. Boyle" <boylej at ccmail.orst.edu> (abbrev.)
With the Pacific Northwest region of the United States as a
backdrop, leaders in a number of forest-related areas will
illustrate the variety, nature and significance of planted and
managed forests in our societies. The Planted Forests Symposium
will discuss attributes and values of these forests in all their
forms from extensively planted forests in mountainous wildlands
to intensively cultured fiber plantations. Planted forest sys-
tems will be emphasized in appropriate context with other
managed forests and with native forest systems.
For Further Information Contact: Conference Assistant, College
of Forestry, Oregon State University, Peavy Hall 202, Corvallis,
OR 97331-5707, Telephone (503) 737-2329, Fax (503) 737-4966,
E-mail: dustmanp at ccmail.orst.ed
WWW SITE LISTS FOR BOTANY AND ECOLOGY
From: "Anthony R. Brach" <brach at oeb.harvard.edu>
Here are the locations of the WWW servers with my list of WWW
sites of interest to