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    Introducing The Global Flora

    At Cuttings HQ we love a new botany journal – even if it’s technically described as a serial. So, we were really pleased to find out about The Global Flora, whose first issue was launched in January 2018. Published by Plant Gateway Ltd, this new publishing initiative is intended as a “practical flora to vascular […] More

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    Book reviewing: A cautionary tale of conifers

    Conifers of the World: The Complete Reference by James Eckenwalder, 2009, reprinted 2013*. Timber Press Inc. This is not the book appraisal I was hoping to write. I was alerted to the existence of James Eckenwalder’s Conifers of the World: The Complete Reference [hereafter titled World Conifers] by various publicity material on the ‘interweboblogosphere’ in […] More

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    All the world’s plants are in here (well, almost…)

    Plants of the World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Vascular Plants by Maarten JM Christenhusz, Michael F Fay and Mark W Chase, 2017. Kew Publishing/University of Chicago Press. One of the great botanical pleasures I have had for many years is the joy of flicking through the pages of Vernon Heywood et al’s Flowering Plant Families […] More

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    Gone but not forgotten…

    Looking back to the annus horribilis that was 2016 we might reflect on the loss of so many icons of the world of music, e.g. David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Rick Parfitt, George Michael, and Terry Wogan (whose idiosyncratic rendition of the Floral Dance is deservedly a recognised classic of its genre) – and wonder […] More

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    Why is population information crucial for taxonomy?

    Despite acceptance in the scientific community that population information and suites of characters are crucial for circumscription of taxonomic groups, new taxa continue to be published on the basis of few herbarium specimens. Given that there is increasing evidence that hybridisation plays an integral part in evolution, it is desirable to identify groups in which […] More

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    Evolution of Rainbow rockcress highlights Anatolia as a cradle of biodiversity

    Phylogenetic and demographic analyses were employed to shed light on the species boundaries, evolutionary history and species diversity of genus Aubrieta (Brassicaceae). DNA sequence based mismatch-distribution and climate-niche analyses were performed to explain various radiations in space and time during the last 2.5 million years since the Pleistocene in the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor. […] More

  • Results obtained from STRUCTURE for the analysis of the full wild sample (94 individuals)
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    DArT whole genome profiling and evolution of edible banana

    Edible banana varieties underwent a series of bottlenecks during their evolution and domestication, resulting in a number of original genotypes that diversified clonally. Sardos et al. have genotyped more than 500 cultivated bananas and wild relatives using DArT markers. They identified two main genetic clusters in the cultivated genepool of edible diploids that question the […] More

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    Strengthening the taxonomic backbone of Thai orchid conservation

    Pedersen et al. present analyses of morphometric and AFLP data from populations of Geodorum (Orchidaceae) – a study conducted in preparation of the Flora of Thailand account. Patterns of phenetic variation and inferred hierarchical genetic differentiation suggest that G. pulchellum sensu Seidenf./ G. siamense should be treated as one variable species (meaning that the allegedly […] More

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    Orchid conservation: further links

    Fay introduces the often complex interactions of orchids with mycorrhizal fungi, pollinators and host trees, considering also threats from human utilization and changing land use. The Orchidaceae present particular challenges for conservation. Furthermore, orchids, as one of the largest families of angiosperms ( >26 000 species, species complexes and frequent hybrid formation) are complex to […] More

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    When is a land plant not a land plant?

    When it’s an eelgrass. OK, this needs some explanation. A popular notion is that the kingdom Plantae is essentially synonymous with the term land plants. And that is understandable; after all, this group of organisms is arguably all about the conquest of the land and adaptations to a terrestrial existence by entities that had previously […] More

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